By Arthur Bittner
Guns. We know them as semi-automatic, fully-automatic, bolt action, pump action, or lever action. They are the cause of countless deaths each and every year due to gun violence. But in recent news, there’s been outrage as to whether or not we should change the gun laws or not. On one end of the spectrum, gun deaths would decrease, but on the other end, deaths due to melee weapons would increase just as much as guns decreased. Not only that, but when you limit something a large majority of people want – for example drugs or alcohol – it creates a black market for said item in high demand.
But a weapon gives people a chance when a person with the intent of stealing from or harming the family breaks and enters into the home. Anything from a .45 ACP M1911, to a 5.56 AR-15 could do the job effectively, both scaring the intruder, and doing enough damage to defend the family from further harm or theft from the intruder. As stated by the NY Times; “In America, spikes in gun purchases are often driven by fear. But in past years that anxiety has centered on concerns that politicians will pass stricter gun controls. Mass shootings often prompt more gun sales for that reason, as do elections of liberal Democrats.” Not only does this show how people are influenced by their fear and want for personal safety but they also feel like the newer presidents are trying to violate their rights. It's not guns that kill people, it’s idiots with the guns that get people killed. In America, you cannot just up and change a bill out of the blue. The right to bear arms is in the Constitution, and a standard American right that shouldn’t be infringed upon.
Another reason proven by the same article and possibly anyone’s paranoia at the same time in these trying times is: “What’s going on in the country right now, I’m afraid to be out by myself as a Black woman,” Ms. Jackson said, describing unrest in her city of Richmond and beyond. “There are a lot of people not necessarily excited that Confederate monuments have been taken down.” Also, with some rioters going around and harming or murdering others, you can see why people would like a concealed carry, or a firearm on them during these tense and trying times.
Of course, nobody here is supporting gun violence; they’re just exercising their right to a firearm, and right to a safe neighborhood, or house with said firearm. To change or remove these laws would be an infringement on both of those. Weapon licensing tests, as well as police tests, should require at least 2 years in college, a completely stable and unbiased outlook on each and every race, and no psychological problems, or felonies. Because it’s not just civilians that make these dumb decisions, its law enforcement too. This is why BLM has done these things because of officers with biased view on different races engaging said races in unorthodox and illegal ways.
So no, gun laws shouldn’t be changed. But the way to OBTAIN a gun should be changed. It shouldn’t be open to everyone, because having it open to everyone is what causes gun violence, which is why my proposal for 2 years of college would be able to reduce gun violence by up to 20%, making a drastic decrease in gun deaths for education level, as stated by the NIH.