The more you look around, the more you see that our country is not as safe as it could be. Terrible things are happening and somehow we are simply not able to successfully tackle them.
After the recent shooting that took place on 1st of October, 2015 at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, which left 10 people dead and at least seven wounded, President Obama delivered a powerful speech, saying that: „We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”
But if you think about it, in recent years, many states have passed laws that make firearms easier to procure, carry and use. For example, Georgia passed the so-called „guns everywhere” bill last year. This allows people to carry firearms in restaurant and bars, airports and even in churches, with pastors’ approval.
Moreover, less than a month after the massive biker brawl in Waco which happened in May 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed open-carry and campus-carry laws that allow licensed handguns in university buildings. Furthermore, 23 states have adopted “stand your ground” laws which give citizens the freedom to use their firearms on the street if they feel even the smallest threat of bodily harm.
Things started to move in 2012, when a shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, taking the lives of 20 students (ages 6 and 7) and six adults. Since then, many schools installed armed guards and supplemented them with armed and trained teachers and staff.
Some states have passed legislation that strengthen gun regulation. This is highly necessary, given the fact that there are many individuals who own a gun, and not for self-defense reasons. In the year after the Sandy Hook shooting, 21 states and D.C. passed laws making it „harder for people to own guns, carry them in public, and enhanced the government’s ability to track guns.” Mother Jones reported. However, these laws have a low effect without federal action to answer the nationwide expansion of guns.
And there’s the thing: at the federal level, our dear elected leaders do not heed the will of the majority. Instead, they surrender to a vocal minority of Americans who speak angrily and intimidatingly in favor of an absolute right of gun ownership. There is a need of exceptional passion in order to force federal legislators to act on gun control in the face of the well-funded and organized NRA. The silent majority must prioritize gun control at the polls and elect leaders who truly commit to gun control legislation. Moreover, those who surrender to the NRA in order to earn the gun lobby’s coveted A+ rating must be removed.
The NRA states that, by resisting gun-control measures, it defends freedom. How so? The proliferation of campus-carry, “stand your ground” and “guns everywhere” laws is a threat to our freedom. It implies feeling less secure in public and less free to approach, negotiate or simply coexist with strangers.
How do you trust someone who has a gun and who you know nothing about?
“We live in an age when preparing to survive whatever comes our way is simply a fact of life or death. Arming yourself is simply the most prudent way to survive” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre declared in a letter to members last year
Historically, sheriffs have been very pro-gun rights, too. In Oklahoma, Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes and Creek County Sheriff John Davis have each recently reduced costs associated with getting a gun license. Davis is also keeping administrative offices open longer on weekends to allow more people to apply.
As a result of the ever-increasing violence being committed upon the American citizen and the current state of our country, I encourage each citizen of Creek County who is legally able to fully utilize their Second Amendment right ‘to keep and bear arms,’ as legally prescribed by the Oklahoma Defense Act,” Davis said in a statement
In addition to this, here comes the subject of what is currently happening regarding ISIS. Senator Marco Rubio tells Iowans that „If, God forbid, Isis pays a visit to you … the last thing between them and our families may be the ability to protect ourselves with guns.”
Speaking before a crowd of 600 people in Sioux Center on Saturday evening, Rubio warned everyone about the fact that Obama and his administration are conspiring to confiscate guns. The senator added that, as a president, he would uphold US constitution and ensure that gun rights were protected.
My attorney general is not going to be someone that comes to my office to conspire about how to take away your guns. My attorney general is going to be someone that defends your second amendment right to protect your family, your homes, your business and your property.” Rubio said
We live hard days in which anything could happen. Mass shootings happen more often than they should, terrorism knocks at our doors and everything is pretty much two-faced. It is hard to say which is the right thing to do, but one thing we know for sure: people want to be able to defend themselves and feel safe at all times.
Should it get easier for U.S. citizens to get a gun or not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.