Gun Control Is The Answer
Nearly every American has a strong opinion concerning gun control, and these views have been especially evident recently in response to the Umpqua College shooting. While the issue continues to provoke controversy, we can all agree on one thing: something has to be done.
One of the most common arguments concerning gun control is that it is unconstitutional. People claim that the Second Amendment enforces our right to bear arms, but its purpose may be more complex than that. Word for word, the amendment states that, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Since mass shootings are becoming more and more frequent, we certainly do not have a ‘well regulated militia.’
According to John Paul Stevens’ article in the Washington Post, the insertion of “while serving in the Militia” after declaring the right to keep and bear arms would clarify confusion. Currently, there is no specific reason for the United States to require a militia, which means that citizens are not required to have guns. In fact, I would argue that no citizens need guns. In a perfect world, the people of the U.S. would not need to protect themselves from gun violence and their safety would be enforced by the police.
Even though restricting access to guns will not erase the problem completely, the number of assaults would surely decrease. By remaining lenient on these policies, we are teaching criminals that they can continue to use guns freely and that we will not stop them. Some claim that even if gun control is effective, criminals will use other weapons instead. However, there are no other types of weapons that have the same capacity to kill and the same effectiveness as guns do. While guns can kill immediately, using blunt objects or knives will only increase the amount of time to kill a person, and a criminal cannot target multiple people simultaneously.
Gun control cannot end these massacres forever, but by tightening restrictions, the United States will get closer to making these incidents obsolete. This is one of the only options that we can begin immediately, and as we try to restrict guns, we can find a way to ensure everyone’s safety and find solutions to each aspect of the problem. For example, we can figure out why people are committing gun violence and think of a way to prevent this. We can also increase our police surveillance and teach citizens procedures to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Despite some exceptions, we don’t need access to guns on an everyday basis, and once they become unobtainable, there will be fewer threats that we will need guns to defend ourselves from.