- Posted December 31, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes
The desire for more gun control.
I think there are two opposing views on the ideal society: One is a world where people coexist without the need for weapons or violence, the other is a world where the common man can make morally just decisions without the need of law. Both views are idealistic and impossible due to the complexity of human nature. However, gun control is an attempt at artificially accomplishing the former of the two utopian societies. Imagine a maze where walls guide the mouse towards the goal. In the end, it is merely an attempt and will never bear fruit. The end result is an authoritarian government and no security. Ultimately, security in society comes from the people and the weakest link lies in the individual.
The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was still in effect during the Columbine massacre, the Red Lake shooter used his law enforcement guardian's service weapons and armor, and the Virginia Tech shooter used two handguns. Neither strict gun control in Europe nor the banning of firearms in East Asia have spared their people the horrors of spree killings. All we have learned is that laws are not absolute; that sociopaths strike where we least expect, where they expect no resistance and where we feel safe. In the end we must ask ourselves: Should we go about life passively, oblivious to danger, depending on laws to shield us from evil? Or should we take our fates into our own hands and actively prepare for the inevitability of encountering evil face to face someday?
Further reading: "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?"