Lock and Load: What’s with all of these shootings?

Tragically, shootings are nothing new to our country. It seems like every few months, some new nut has to go and shoot up a school or mall. However, with three highly publicized shootings within the past week (9 dead at an Omaha mall, 6 school-age kids shoot in Vegas, 5 dead in two church shootings), it’s hard not to wonder what we can do to stop this senseless bloodshed.

Well, not having so many goddamn guns might be a good place to start.

A 2007 Small Arms Survey found that there are 90 guns for every 100 Americans, making the U.S. the most heavily armed country in the world. India has the second largest civilian gun-arsenal count, with 4 guns per 100 people. Yes, you read that correctly. Second place only has 4 guns per every 100 citizens.

Is it any surprise that more guns equals more shootings? Maybe stronger gun control laws would have prevented some of these senseless killings by keeping weapons out of the hands of these nutjobs.

Well things may only get worse before they get better. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case about the constitutionality of a handgun ban in Washington D.C. While the law doesn’t ban private ownership of rifles or shotguns, and other major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City all have similar bans, this case could have serious ramifications across our country. If the Supreme Court overturns this ban, it only means we’ll have more people carrying around weapons.

When the U.S. alone purchases more than half of the 8 million guns produced worldwide, you have to wonder if more guns is really the answer we need.

U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people – [Reuters.com]

US high court to rule on Washington DC handgun ban – [Reuters.com]

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3 Responses

  1. I still remember Mr. Hoey in 9th grade civics saying “there’s no point to owning a handgun besides shooting another person,” and I still agree with him.

    I also have no idea why they’re still legal at all. Probably the fact that some American corporations are making bank off them.

  2. I think it’s easy to come back with the argument that some of the safest countries in the world also require everyone of their citizens to own and be trained in the use of an assault rifle (Switzerland), however, it’s important to understand the different dynamics between these countries our own. More guns in the US do not correlate to increased safety. These shootings should provide impetus for our lawmakers to pass more gun laws because this is getting out of hand.

  3. Our culture cannot handle guns, some cultures (like Switzerland) can. However, the whole gun rights thing isn’t working out too hot here huh?

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