You’re state in cases of emergencies, people
You’re reading the newspaper, the title reads, “Mass shooting, 20 dead, 70 injured,” you then read down the list of names, hoping against hope that it’s not true. You don’t want it to be true, and yet, you know it is. Then, when you find the name, your heart shatters. What you thought you would have forever, is suddenly gone forever. In your mind, this is impossible, that there is no way this could have happened, and then out of nowhere swallowed entirely in your pain and grief, you start blaming yourself. Could I have stopped this? You ask yourself. The answer is no. But that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t, and isn’t a way. Sricter gun laws is this way. By clamping down on gun control and making it harder to own, carry and use a gun the U.S. could be so much safer. Even though, some people say that according to the Second Amendment they are allowed to carry guns, gun control should be stricter in America. Having stricter gun laws protects people from others that would want to hurt them, reduces the amount of unintentional and suicidal gun-related deaths to almost none, and although gun-owners opposed to the idea, would say that the Second Amendment of the American Constitution allows them to own and carry guns, this is an incorrect misinterpretation and makes having stricter gun laws an all the more important.The first reason as to why people shouldn’t be allowed to own guns is that the second amendment is outdated. Just say that 99% of the population of people that live in America said that people in the U.S. shouldn’t be allowed to have guns. Well, as long as the second amendment is still the same, you can, apparently, own guns. You see, the second amendment has a law that goes like this, “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.”. It basically says that because there is a need to have citizens ready to fight and protect the state in cases of emergencies, people are allowed to have and use guns and other weapons of sorts. But in this day and age, we have police stations in every town ready to protect citizens and stop the bad guys. We don’t need to fall on civilians to protect us. If the police fail we can fall on more important, higher ranking police and then if all else fails we can call on the FBI! We don’t need citizens to act like the police. In fact, we shouldn’t have citizens act as police because police officers are specifically trained for their job. The second amendment clearly states, that because we need citizens to protect us in case of emergencies, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. But if we don’t need people to be ready to fight, then why should Americans be allowed to own guns? They shouldn’t.Unintentional and suicidal, gun-related deaths could be easily prevented by stricter gun laws. According to ProConn.org between 1999 and 2013, of the 464,033 total gun-related deaths, 58.2% or 270,327 were suicides, and 2.2% or 9,983 were unintentional deaths. If stricter gun laws that prevent people from getting access to guns were in action at that time, the amount of gun-related deaths could have, theoretically, been brought down to around 185,000 deaths, approximately 40% of the 464,033 total deaths that occurred between that 14-year span. Many suicides and accidental deaths are done by minors. Between 2004 and 2014, 6,000 minors intentionally shot themselves and the majority of them used guns owned by someone in their home. A law that could prevent minors from getting such easy access to guns is a safe storage law. Of the 50 U.S. states, only one has real safe storage laws, and that state is Massachusetts. Massachusetts requires that individuals store firearms in a locked container or have them equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock. According to Gifford’s Law Center, guns are used in only 9% of youth suicides in Massachusetts which is 30% lower than the nationwide 39%. Likewise, the suicide rate for youths in Massachusetts is 35% lower than the nation’s average. If like Massachusetts, more states had these gun control laws, there would be so many fewer suicides and unintentional deaths then there are nowadays.