Monday, January 25, 2016

Gun Violence: Can It Be Stopped?

Gun violence is a very prevalent threat in today's societies. Mass shootings are occurring at an alarmingly high rate, and it's sparking very heated debates on what to do with the weapons themselves. Some will say that getting rid of civilians' access to guns is the only way to go, while those on the other end of the spectrum say that gun laws should be more lenient. Both of these types of people, however, often overlook or avoid looking at a piece of information that could change the course of these types of debates and provide a solution-- that gun violence CAN'T be stopped.
I believe that, as long as people with the intent to commit these horrendous crimes exist, there isn't a way to stop them. However, I do believe that there is a way to lessen the toll that these types of tragedies have on the U.S. By increasing the restrictions on military-grade weapons, such as rifles, while allowing more concealed carry licenses to be issued, I believe that we can decrease the amount of casualties that occur during shootings. An argument that some will use to argue for this is that if someone is thinking of going into a theatre and shooting as many people as possible, they'll consider that people in that theatre will be carrying some sort of firearm. In some cases, this could be true. However, research shows that most people who commit these crimes have mental illnesses that affect their ability to reason. This means that the majority of times that someone wanted to shoot up a theatre, they wouldn't have the capability to consider that people inside are carrying weapons. This, sadly, means that there is no surefire way to completely stop these types of crimes-- we can only lessen the casualties and detrimental impacts that they cause.

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