- Posted January 14, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
No Point to an Assault Weapons Ban
I am a college student at Ball State University, and I belong to no political party nor am I speaking on behalf of any other organization. I find the time we live in horrific for many reasons and those reasons are why I choose to own firearms. Even though I am cautious of everyday violence that can happen to me, I feel that concealed carry in public at my age, 22, would put fear and paranoia into those who are uneducated in firearms.
Since The Sandy Hook Shooting I have heard of many proposals for gun control. From reinstating the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban to better background checks. All of these do not address the underlying problems.
The problems are not with guns. No matter what we Americans do we cannot eliminate all guns from the United States. The proof of this is in two prime examples. The recent Chicago weapons buy back program which recovered American made missile launchers and the prominent drug trade. There will always be guns and there will always be people who are willing to sell them illegally.
The problem with Americans and gun violence is not that there are guns available, but that there are many problems with the workplace, mental health care, attitudes, and ignorance, just to name a few. I always hear the phrase “guns don't kill people, people do” and I agree with it, not because the definition of murder is “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another” but because when people blame guns, an inanimate object, they only wish to shift the blame away from we the people. I may just be one observant human being, but I can see the obvious problems with us Americans. There is no one single person or group of people to blame for the violence. The violence stems from all Americans.