By Lacey Jackson
During the last few years, the government and the citizenry have been battling about extending gun laws to make it more difficult to buy or own a gun. Ever since the Parkland shooting, the topic has blown up, so much so that there was a nationwide march promoting gun control. However, the people pushing for gun control don’t understand that it won’t work.
Criminals will always be criminals. Gun Control is not going to stop someone from getting a gun. On March 20th, a 17 year old opened fire in a school. A 17 year old can’t legally buy any kind of gun. He found loopholes & got the gun. Illegally.
Murder is illegal. Rape is illegal. Burglary is illegal. Making something illegal will not stop it. Taking away someone’s rights does not stop crime.
In today’s world, there are more guns than people. Even if everyone did follow the rules, someone can easily purchase a gun off of the black market. The only way to stop illegal gun purchases would be to take all guns away, and that won’t happen.
The 2nd Amendment of the American Constitution gives the right to bear arms. Taking all guns from the people, or limiting people from having them is unconstitutional.
What I can understand is gun reform: making it more difficult for people who shouldn’t get guns to get them. Things like background checks and mandatory safety classes could help ensure that guns only get into the right hands. This could limit illegal gun use but also keep them in the hands of law abiding citizens, therefor not infringing on 2nd Amendment rights. The government & the people both need to pay more attention to mental illness, such as Nicholas Cruz in the Parkland shooting. The government ignored the tips & offenses of Cruz. Most mass shooters have criminal activity or mental health issues that are commonly ignored. (sources under 2) A background check would help a bit, but not much, because you can’t see future offenses in a background check.
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It’s not a gun problem, it’s a people problem. Mental health is ignored in this country (example A: Nicholas Cruz). A criminal will find anything to kill someone with, whether it’s a knife, bomb, or hammer.
Chicago, Illinois has the strictest gun laws in the US, yet they also have the highest gun violence rate. Once again, it’s not a gun problem, it’s a people problem. It’s a hate problem. On April 3rd, a women open fired at Youtube headquarters in California. She was using a legal gun, but still committed a mass shooting. People who have the intent to kill, will figure out a way to kill. Eliminating a constitutional right is not the way to go.