In light of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Americans have decided to show greater concern for the gun laws in their country and the effects they will have on the people around them.
It is unfortunate that 20 children had to fall under Adam Peter Lanza’s name before this hype came about. One does not need to search far back into time to realise that school-based shootings are something a bit too common in the United States. It was only in 2007 that Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in the Virginia Tech massacre – the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.
Within 15 hours of the massacre, 100,000 Americans signed up at the Obama administration’s We the People petitioning website in support of a renewed national debate on gun control – one of the key elements of the U.S. constitution. This was also followed by protests and endless debate over gun control within the Internet community more than ever before.
Channel News Asia reported that guns have saved 50% more lives than it has ended them. It seems unfair that because of a few moments of insanity, hobbyists and people who want to protect their loved ones do not get their more-than-reasonable wishes.
However, there still needs to be some control. It won’t be solving the problem anytime soon, but it’s a step nonetheless in improving the situation. I agree with Connecticut Senator, Joe Lieberman, and California Senator, Dianne Feinstein, who called for an Assault Rifle ban. This makes sense considering hunters use shotguns and self-defense can be counted on by a simple handgun. The use of an assault rifle would only mean what the word suggests – assault, which should be reserved for self-defense on a larger scale, such as a war. The best part, despite slight limitations, the constitution for Americans to bear arms is still met.
“Guns don’t kill people – people do.” -Eddie Izzard
The Chinese have a little saying – 迎刃而解 – to go straight to the root problem and let the other problems solve themselves. The root issue here is not whether the individual was holding a gun. He could’ve easily done the same (or at least similar) with a knife, or even his bare arms. It just happens that guns seem to get the job done and done quick.
The brain is a mysterious organ – it controls our entire body but what controls it? Students and teachers who knew Lanza in high school described him as “intelligent, but nervous and fidgety”, saying he normally avoided attention. When compared to Cho, the man responsible for the Virginia Tech Massacre, similar personality traits were also listen. This pattern continues with multiple other shootings. Such characteristics are too coincidental to be ignored. Of course, mental healthcare in the U.S. would be whole new topic altogether.
Think about the people around you. Sometimes there may be this one guy – he usually sits in one corner by himself, sometimes he lets out a few thoughts you deem as “anti-social” behaviour. You might want to think deeper about that now. Maybe he’s just lonely, it may be hard, but try – try and reach into him and maybe you’ll be making a new friend. Of course, calling everyone a potential mass murderer might be far fetched, but it’s still a possibility, in fact, it could happen to anyone. The problem often is – we know more about the animals around us more than we know about our own species.
Additionally, do check out my Ask.fm answer on this topic – it has similar content compressed, with a bit of extra touches.
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