I sympathised with Obama as I listened to him express his frustration following the most recent shooting in the U.S. Yet again an issue has presented itself that America and the rest of the world know the answer to, and yet again we react in the same way. That sad truth is that we will probably continue to act in the same way for years to come. This isn’t down to the American people, but the Government. The U.S.A are experiencing the same issue as the U.K. The government are so engrossed in fighting for the success of their own party and personal gain, that they have forgotten about the people they are really supposed to be fighting for.
As Obama said in his speech, Americans have become numb to gun crime. I’ve experienced this first hand, and understand why. American media is just a constant stream of shooting after shooting. It’s no surprise American’s aren’t fazed by it. It only seems to make an impact when there is a massacre. Let me say that again. It’s gotten to a point when a massacre is the only thing that gets Americans talking about gun crime. A massacre. If that doesn’t disgust you, I don’t know what could.
In my opinion there is nothing to discuss. The more time we spent talking about gun crime and how to resolve it, the more gun related deaths we have. The solution doesn’t even have to be the elimination of guns, but just some control. The most recent shooting was by a man who legally owned 15 weapons. Granted, it was in a rural area where weapons might be required to defend yourself against wildlife, but that doesn’t require 15 weapons. Previous incidents have been caused by individuals with mental health issues, someone that shouldn’t own a gun at all. These are events that could have been prevented if control measures were put in place regarding gun ownership.
My message is to simply think about it. Put aside your opinions about the right to own a gun, and think about what it is doing to America. Put aside your opinions on defending yourself, and think if you would actually have to if less people owned guns. Think about recent events, and question if they would have happened if guns were not involved. The answer is simple, and it’s not about you. There is a much bigger picture. We all just need to step back and take a harder look.