Sunday, January 24, 2016

Using Guns to Stop Guns: The Endless Cycle of Killing in America

America is often thought of as one of the most advanced, powerful nations in the world. It is alarming, then, that America also has the highest rates of mass violence among developed countries. While many people are perplexed by these statistics, the cause of the frequency of these deaths is quite clear; killers are all but given weapons of mass destruction.

Many people in America are reluctant to acknowledge the easiness of obtaining a gun due to the Constitution. "The right to bear arms" has existed as long as the United States has existed, and most Americans cannot fathom the idea of giving up this right, even if it would ensure the safety of countless citizens. The average citizen is hell-bent on retaining these rights, and will stop at nothing to make sure they are secured. It is not until they are immediately affected by a result of gun violence that they begin to see the impact guns can have on everyday life. Unfortunately, by that time, it is too late to fix the problem.


In order to solve the problem of gun violence in the US, actions must be taken to prohibit gun use at a national level. While it may be next to impossible to have the Constitution amended, there are steps that can be taken in the meantime in order to move in the right direction. Stricter laws on who can buy guns, along with who can sell them will improve the rates of violence. Ideally, the purchase and sale of guns would be illegal in the US, although this will be extremely hard to see in the near future. With time, however, there can be an America in which there is next to no mass violence, as long as there is a fundamental change in the way guns are viewed in America.

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