Point of View: Support Gun Control

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In the small, suburban town of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted an all-out assault on Columbine High School during the middle of the school day.

With guns, knives, and a multitude of bombs, the two boys walked the hallways and killed.  When the day was done, twelve students, one teacher, and the two murderers were dead.

Like it or not, sooner or later you have to accept the fact that until America has strict gun control laws, there will always be a threat of another Columbine happening.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006, more than 18,000 people were victims of homicide. This makes firearm injuries one of the top 10 causes of death in US.

An article in New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. David Hemenway and Dr. Matthew Miller states that there is a positive correlation between homicide rates and the availability of guns in developed nations.

According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, there are an estimated 90 million firearms in civilian hands. Every 10 seconds a gun is made in US. That’s 3,153,600 guns per year. These overwhelming statistics make clear that you can’t ignore the fact that there are too many guns in this country and those guns are far too easy to get.

For those who think that firearms are required to protect oneself, no matter how many firearms a person uses and no matter how good he or she is with them, firearms do not guarantee ‘absolute’ safety. Also, if you keep guns at home, you are more likely to be a victim of homicide.

For those who think gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment; it should be made clear that the amendment does not mean that you should have the ability to possess whatever firearms you wish. Pro gunners will disagree on the limits of this bill.

Some people believe it should be absolute and that all guns should be legal. Now firstly, no right is absolute, for example the First Amendment guarantees you the right to speech but the right is limited.

You can’t stand up in a crowded room and scream “There’s a fire!”, if there is not; because ensuing panic may cause injury. Here your right to speech clashes with people’s right to not be trampled.

This can be applied to the Second Amendment.  If the right to own a gun interferes with public safety, that right can ‘morally’ be abridged.

So what would be a valid compromise for this issue? We can’t of course stop the guns that are already in the market from creating havoc. But what about the guns that are yet to come?

Stricter gun control laws can save so many innocent lives. Guns are not toys that can be put in anyone’s hand. They are weapons that ‘kill’. It is high time that we realize that there are too many guns in this country and those guns are far too easy to get.

This is our country and we are responsible for its future. It is we who are responsible to make sure that our children grow up in a safe locality where the threat of another Columbine doesn’t linger on.  We will never know, but had there been stricter rules for guns during the time of Columbine incident, we could have saved many innocent lives.