Guns are not the problem, people are…
Getting rid of guns does not solve our violence problem. If anything, it makes it worse. There are plenty of examples of this being the case. Look at Chicago, for example. Another example is a lot of places in the Midwest. A lot of people can carry both openly and concealed there, and the crime rates regarding guns are a lot lower. The crime, in general, is a lot smaller because criminals are afraid they’re going to get shot. I’m not going to say that it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun, but I will say that guns being in the hands of people following the law does help curb violence.
It all falls back to mental health. Look at any of the mass shootings recently or even in the past. What is a substantial common factor in all of them? Mental Health. A lot of these people have something wrong mentally that makes him think it is okay to commit these acts of violence. An average person has the mental capacity to realize that committing an act of violence does not solve anything. At least doesn’t solve it in a way that’s beneficial to them.
Some of the people that are responsible for school shootings are people who had some grudge with either the staff of the school and or the students. In a lot of cases, it’s people who were picked on or mistreated for whatever reason. Regardless of what that person experienced to attack a school or large group of people as revenge shows that this falls back on mental health.
It doesn’t matter how the individual ended up with a weapon in their possession because, at the end of the day, a real criminal will get what they want regardless of what laws are in place. Look at the United Kingdom, for example; they are very strict on gun laws there yet criminals have guns like it’s no big deal.
We have a mental health problem, not a gun problem. We need to focus on what is causing are mental health issues. Whether that’s abuse that people experience in their homes, use of drugs, or other sources. We need to treat mental health with respect and understand that everyone experiences some sort of mental health issue. Each person suffers from mental health issues in varying degrees, but the fact that we sweep mental health under the rug is the problem here.
We can, of course, talk about adding or modifying the existing gun control programs/rules and regulations that are currently in place, but I’m not sure what is the right answer. As I’ve stated previously, there are fewer gun-related incidents in certain parts of the country than others. So maybe instead of a sweeping change, it should be based on locality.
I’m someone who very much supports gun rights and the right to carry and all of that. I do agree that there need to be some things done regarding gun control. It’s a very complicated scenario and is not something that should be changed overnight. It should be discussed for quite a long time and slowly implemented so that way we don’t make any mistakes. That being said, I think people have a misconception on when people say they want more gun control. They’re not necessarily saying that they want to take away all the guns. Granted some people are like that, but that’s few and far between.
With all of that being said, what do you guys think of the current gun situation, or should I say what do you think of the current gun control situation. Also, do you believe that mental health is something we should focus on more regarding this issue? If you have any other thoughts, be sure to leave them in the comments section below so we can discuss with each other.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides referrals to support groups and mental health professionals, resources on loss, and suicide prevention information (888-333-2377)
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning and information on domestic violence (800-799-7233)
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects callers to trained crisis counselors (800-273-8255)
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions (240-485-1001)
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums (800-826-3632)