Guns cause the violence

gun control

Owning a gun in America has become a primary need, with people going as far as collecting guns like antiques. This trend can be attributed to two things, the level of crimes in the communities mainly African American’s, and a status of being “cool”. It’s astounding to know that America has the highest number of guns per capita than any other country in the world. The other disturbing fact is that young adults in their twenties are the most affected victims of gun violence. Any country banks on their youth for continuity, innovation and heirs of the current generation.

With this trend of young people dying violently and the continued exposure which incubates violence, there is an urgent need to intervene. The lobbyists who are powerful and well-funded have been successfully lobbying against gun control laws. It’s absurd, selfish and insensitive for anyone sane not to see what the guns have been doing and continuing to do in our societies.

They argue that people kill not guns. At some point it’s true, but the in some states buying a gun is easy as buying milk in a retail shop. Strict background checks should be a must to anyone aspiring purchase a gun. Strict gun control has shown a significant decrease in homicides in many countries with data to support. Most of the argument is that when one has a gun, they are less likely to be victims or robbery or any other crime. Well, this has not been supported by any research data, but the prevalence of gun-related crimes with a huge percentage is enough evidence to call for a revision of the current laws about gun ownership. There are 2 opposite views on private gun ownership should be restricted. But we think that guns should be banned. The government should focus on equipping the police force adequately to protect the citizens and prohibit personal gun ownership unless it’s a special case or necessity.

Everyone’s Under Gunpoint. Location, Age, and Gender Don’t Matter

As much as there have been shootings around the world with a focus on two places Canada and United States, everyone is under gunpoint. The killings cannot be classified as always planned; the killer has in a single day not decided to use a factor to kill. He or she is hell-bent on satisfying the need to kill without reason or a single person could have hurt strong motive, him or her, but the pain will be reflected in their sole choosing. Following the events of less than a decade, everyone irrespective of age, gender or location is under gunpoint. Why am I saying this?

Florida School Shooting-17 dead, over 24 people injured, US

At the beginning of this year, February to be precise there was a school shooting in the State of Florida, US. It is termed one of the deadliest in the history of America. The killer, Nikolas Cruz, 17 years of age on a given on day walked into a former school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed seventeen people hurting another two dozen. Was there motive, nobody can tell, simple expulsion from school, the next thing you know innocent people are dying.

Kindergarten shooting-20 first-graders dead, 6 members of staff dead, US

A case similar was that of Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 whereby a 20-year-old, Adam Lanza killed 26 before committing suicide. Surprisingly, this is a perpetrator of 20 years old in a school of first graders, no connection at all. With a bullet vest to an elementary school, I cannot think of a reason; he shot dead 20 first-graders and six members of staff before shooting himself. Besides, committing such an act, he kills the mother. Who knows, still I cannot see any connection.

Church killings-26 random Christians dead, US

In 2017, November, Sutherland Springs, Texas, a gunman walks into the First Baptist Church killing about 26. On this day, members of various families are lost just through a simple walk in. Who could have seen this coming? I cannot tell, but all clear is that these were all random people praising their Lord. This shooting tops the list as one of the deadliest mass shootings in the history of Texas and the US in the last less than half a decade.

In Canada, it is not different, the latest of them all being the Faisal Hussein shooting. Faisal walks into a busy street in Toronto, and at random shoots and kills two, injuring 13. In this case, the gunman does not slip away from the police; he is tracked to an alley and later found dead hundred meters away.

Police killings- 3 dead, 2 injured, Canada

Four years ago, 2014, a 24-year-old gun down five police officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Moncton, Canada. All this is done on the street without motive. The suspect ends up killing three of the police officers leaving two of the police officers injured.

Homicide- Man killed for raising not their own, Canada

Still in 2014 in Edmonton Alberta, a 53-year-old walks into a homestead and kills seven. He then moves to another house and kills one with a reason that the victim was raising a child, not of their own. Later the suspect named, Phu Lam commits suicide.

 Walk-in Mosque Killings- 6 dead, 18 injured, Canada

In Quebec City, 2017 January a gunman walks into a mosque and kills 6 leaving 18 maimed. All without any connection could be psychological or crime of passion. No one can tell why an individual can walk into a place of worship and commit such heinous acts.

Cumulatively, the above shows that for some reason certain individuals in possession of arms acquired legally and illegally have ended up killing innocent persons. They did not base their killings on any ideologies, just random murder, no location, and no age and gender considerations. Everyone is under gunpoint.