As if living in the middle of a global pandemic isn’t enough, Sunday morning Canadians woke to an unfolding story of tragedy in the province of Nova Scotia.
Imagine a gun. You don’t have to imagine it, it’s right here in the kitchen, lying on the counter, painfully naked and exposed beneath the dying golden light of the setting sun. The gun looks brand new; black, shiny, unscathed - a classic Smith & Wesson build, almost too perfect. The magazine, full of bullets, lays next to it. You don’t really know where it came from or how it got there, but you can’t find it in yourself to care, and you reach forward to wrap your fingers around the handle. As you lift it off the marbled surface of the counter you revel in the comfortable weight of it in your hand, and it fascinates you to no end. Your finger brushes against the trigger, gently, tentatively. Slowly and deliberately, your grip closes more firmly and you raise it to eye level, the barrel pointed squarely at a framed picture of your parents on the opposite side of the room. It’s well-balanced. You think you might shoot some cans and bottles out on the porch the next day. This is a handgun, but you also have a sawed-off shotgun in the shed, and a semi-automatic rifle hanging above the mantelpiece in your living room, like it’s your most prized possession. Occasionally, you go game-hunting; you think of it as a rewarding and stress-relieving activity.
Comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director Chris Rock suggested in August of 2019 that most if not all mass shootings deal with a white shooter. This racist and sexist statement even had a terrible joke attached to it. “Betty White!” (I bet that he’s white) which scorched its way through social media sites and news agencies alike. The deceased shooter in the Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee ought to go to serve that males of color can commit egregious crimes like mass murder, too.
Here’s a thought experiment: imagine if all Americans from the youngest crawling to oldest walking possessed a gun. Consider the fact that each one of them received ample training in the art of firearms handling. Contemplate not free health care, but free guns. If the streets became flooded with boomsticks, what would happen to neighborhoods? If guns proliferated school buildings, churches, office buildings, movie theaters, and other businesses, what would the landscape of the United States look like?
Gun Violence and Video Games
The problem with gun control has been discussed for decades. People have given arguments about gun control in the US. Some cases have been about the 2nd amendment, while others argued that owning a gun is essential for self-defense. Furthermore, the problem with gun control in the US is the Saws are not in every street, and the youth involved with gun violence.
Yet another mass shooting and people are saying that there needs to be gun control. What people forget is that the young men that killed and wounded people at Columbine got their guns illegally because they (or at least one of them) were 17. The guy who wounded and killed people at a Las Vegas concert got all of his guns over time and most of them if not all of them weren't banned or outlawed at the time. The guys who killed people at Aurora, Sandy Hook and several other places had mental health issues. The man that killed people at Pulse did so because he was an extremist or had an issue with gay people. So as you can see, it's not the lack of gun control, it's the lack of enforcing the laws. The only new law we need is helping those who are disturbed before they hurt someone else. There may be some laws about bigger guns that need to be passed but we don't need too many laws. Why make it harder on sane and safe gun owners because of the crazy unsafe people? Also, laws won't make a difference to criminals. If someone wanted to do something bad, they will find a way to do it. We also can't figure out or say who is going to use their guns or weapons for harm.
The one thing I most disagree with Bernie Sanders on—a man who I wholeheartedly stand behind regardless of the matter—is his stance on gun legislation. Because, the blatant truth to at least one man, is that the guns aren't the root of the problem.
This story has been updated following the recent 2019 Mass Shootings.