Ok. It’s now time for me to talk about gun control. Before you stop reading this post, let me explain myself. Today, my local mall in Bethesda, Maryland is suffering from a mass shooting. Three people have died so far. The worst part is that life doesn’t have to work this way.
Australia, as John Oliver explains in the piece below, had a horrible mass shooting. Then they instituted really strict gun control. And now they don’t have the epidemic anymore. There are still occasional problems, sure. But it’s not at the same level as we have here. Nowhere is as bad as here.
Every week, we hear about at least one new mass shooting. Most weeks, more than one. And Americans all over this country get angry about it for 10 minutes, and then don’t channel that anger into any form of action. The majority of Americans support gun control of some form according to every poll I’ve seen. Why can’t Congress get something done?
There are many pessimists out there who say that after Newtown happened and no legislation was passed, gun control is a lost cause. My mom is one of them. My only hope is that now that this issue is happening in a rich neighborhood like my hometown, the wealthy people get angry and push to get something done. Let’s face it, our politicians only care about staying in power. Until something threatens re-election chances for them, they won’t change their policy positions.
What needs to be done? I don’t know. Personally, I think the second amendment should be overturned by a constitutional amendment. It was written in the age of armed militias and rifles, not machine guns and tanks. If the government wants to take over your area, they will easily be able to. They have nuclear weapons. Your guns, regardless of how powerful they are, will not stop them. It’s illogical for us to still have laws from that era that have become so outdated.
Realistically, we will always have the second amendment because America is stubborn. So we AT LEAST need tough background checks on guns AND ammunition. We need a waiting period to get a gun. We need to make sure people who have guns are trained on how to use them. We need to limit the amount of ammunition people can buy at a time. We need to ban weapons that are not used for hunting and are solely used to commit murder. All of this stuff is common sense, so why can’t we do it?