Put a stop to unstable gun holders—not the guns themselves
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For now, let’s focus on stopping the criminals, not the weapons.
Let’s face it: when it comes to gun control, people tend to have a strong opinion on it. With no side willing to give in, nothing is being done about the continuingly increasing mass shootings here in the U.S. So why don’t we attack this issue in a different way?
I was recently informed that the number of guns in the U.S. is about the same as the number of people (despite this, only about 1 in 3 households actually possess one as of research found in 2015). With so many guns already in the U.S.—and the more in the making to fit the increasing demand—it’s unreasonable to completely ban guns. Besides, banning guns doesn’t mean getting rid of them. Not only will it cause a riot, but the vast amount of guns already existing will be hard to retrieve and could remain in circulation for the next 300 years alone. On the other hand, NOT banning them doesn’t prove to be the best idea either, according to the many recent mass shootings.
But there’s a solution. Instead of following the unending path of whether we should ban guns or not, we should focus more on the bearers of the guns themselves. There’s a trend with most of the recent mass shootings—all of them had warning signs of some sort. The Texas shooter showed signs of instability, yet no report of some sort was filed to keep him from obtaining a gun. Other shooters all showed signs of instability which friends and family took notice to—one’s parents took the car batteries out of his car every night for this reason—but no one spoke out.
So instead of questioning the law, how about we question the mental health of people before they can obtain such devastating weapons, then offer therapy to fix the problem? I don’t think I’m the only one in the U.S. that cares about this matter, especially because it concerns the safety of my family, peers, and myself.
There are many pieces to the complicated puzzle that is gun violence prevention. This is not the complete solution, but it may save a few lives. That’s all that counts.
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