It was a Friday night, I finished up at work and was packing up my belongings for going home. Suddenly, a voice came from behind, hey Surya, I need your help. I turned around, it was my co-worker. He told me he misses the last metro and the uber was costing him too much for taking him to Southeast DC. He asked me to drop him to a friend’s birthday party at her place. I agreed to it, change my work clothes and we’re out of the restaurant in 15 minutes. So we drove all around DC to get to the place, everyone was partying out there, people were everywhere on the streets. As soon as we get into Southeast, I told him this place seems to be so quiet compared to other parts of DC and there were fewer people out there. It was our first time visiting there, and he asked me to drop him outside the complex.
It was really dark, I stopped the car, he was just getting out and suddenly some guys came from nowhere pointing the guns at us and told us to get out of the car. It was six people and four of them have guns in their hands, started shouting at us to give them everything we have, otherwise they’ll shoot. I have never felt this much scared in life, so we’re robbed at the gunpoint by six people. They took all the cash we have, our phones and my watch too. After this incident, I realize that the availability of guns is getting so easy around this world and it can’t get worse than this.
Gun control is one of the most controversial topics in the United States. Gun control is defined as limiting the access to guns and certain types of guns, to the public. There have been cases registered on a daily basis of gun violence, and shootings of unarmed innocents. In the United States, local shootings and mass murders committed with guns are being the most popular cases emerging in most of the states. However, a lot of these cases are not even mentioned in news or media. Gun control or Gun policy had been a major issue being debated from ever since guns were invented.
Keeping guns or supporting people with guns can be extremely dangerous in everybody’s lives. It is small, yet an extremely dangerous factor in our lives. The “right to keep and bear arms” could be beneficial and problematic at the same time. According to Bill of Rights (2nd amendment), 1787, “While many people believe that “the right to keep and bear arms” provides security and self-protection”, I believe owning a gun may lead to violent crimes, deaths, suicide and homicide outside or inside homes.
Gun control is a major point of talking around the country. While many people think that there should be restrictions in order to need protection from gun violence, the fact if there will be more laws, the less safe you will actually be. Some people say that we don’t need guns or that it is an obsolete statement found in the Second Amendment. While others claim that, the presence of a gun makes a conflict more likely to become violent. Not to mention the fact that a firearm is the most effective tool to use in a dangerous situation. However, some people still believe that having a gun with them is beneficial for self -protection.
Some people buy guns for their own safety and some people think it’s just cool keep a gun, forgetting the fact that how much it can be harmful to them and their family is they keep a gun with them. According to Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor of Guns and Ammo, studies show that ‘children taught about firearms and their legitimate uses by family members have much lower rates of delinquency than children in households without guns’ and ‘children introduced to guns associate them with freedom, security, and recreation—not violence.’
The government of the United States should have more control over who will own guns because guns result in a leading cause of discrimination turning into violence and because guns are used for killing. Journalist John Stossel explained, “Criminals don’t obey the law… Without the fear of retaliation from victims who might be packing heat, criminals in possession of these [illegal] weapons now have a much easier job… As the saying goes, ‘If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Formation of racial groups or gangs is one of the major issues in the entire country, just because of the production and distribution of illegal weapons have become so much easy in today’s world.
Today there are many people who get guns off of illegal markets or off the streets for a low price. Gun violence and discrimination towards women is another strong fear of the legality and safety of the Second Amendment. Over half of female victims of intimate partner homicide in the US are killed with a gun. Impact of domestic violence with a gun has so many factors including the economy, children, public safety, mental health, injuries, and deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, Black women have the highest homicide rate, followed by American Indian/Alaska Native women and Hispanic women in the United States.
While there are many crimes going on daily that do not require firearm protection, being able to protect yourself with one, if the time comes may be essential. According to daily news and reports, there are so many crimes taking place and in most of them, chances of gun violence are most likely to be seen. Having a gun, one well-placed shot could be enough to stop an intruder in their tracks. Owning a gun today is not just about protection, but can be enjoyed for recreational shooting such as hunting and competing. However, if you were at home one-day and somebody broke into your house, it would be best to have a gun and be armed than to only have the books on your bookshelf to hit them with. Don Macalady, a member of Hunters against Gun Violence, stated, ‘As a hunter and someone who has owned guns since I was a young boy, I believe that common sense gun legislation makes us all safer. Background checks prevent criminals and other dangerous people from getting guns.’
Whenever the words ‘gun’ and ‘laws’ are heard together it makes a person raise their eyebrow because it’s a debatable topic. Some say it is safer to keep a gun and use it for self protection, while others claim that keeping a gun is the worst decision a person can take for themself and their loved ones. Gun control laws should be more strict due to the mass shootings, guns being used more as a weapon than as a tool, and the laws put into place aren’t helpful. Some people argue that making more strict laws about gun control it is against the second amendment. People around the world have different thinking, different opinions. Although, considering the topic about gun control can tend people to brainstorm a lot, but, the core of their heart wouldn’t allow them to say that guns can be beneficial in any way possible. Less use of weapons means less violence, less problems to deal with, less cases cases to conquer for the police and peace will be everywhere.
In conclusion, we do not need guns as much we did in colonial times. We believe that guns have a place in American society. It seems today that the wrong people are getting hands on guns. People find out that gun control remains ineffective and want things to change. Gun control is something that we need less of, not more. Firstly, because we have a right in the second amendment to have access to them and secondly, because it stops us from being able to defend ourselves. Today, guns contribute to percentages in suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootouts. With the freedom we have today, we need more regulation to keep people from taking things too far.