Guns vs Society 

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 I am in new coffee shop today drinking a cold green tea latte, tastes good but, it is not going to be one of my favorite for sure.

 This passed days, I have being watching too many news, I do not get how The Capital of the World is not safe as I though it should be before deciding to come here (back home it’s totally different but, come on USA, you can do better than this).

One time, I heard the mother in law of my boss talking about guns in a very impressive way. Why some Americans over react if someone know about guns or have guns in there house? I growed up in a military family, my grandfather was part of the air force and my dad is a wanna-be-soldier. Guns at my house were something OK, my mom always made sure we knew we do not touch then or even think about getting curious of how a gun work. And it is not because we were girls, was more about was correct and what was not, respect.

America is a country of 318,9 millions of people (Census of 2014). But, how many of them have guns? Sit tight my fellow readers, we are surrounded by 88.8 guns per 100 people.

The big question is, a gun control policy can stop the mass shootings we are living every day?

Back in 1995, former President Bill Clinton signed a “federal assault weapons ban law” that works pretty well but last only 10 years. Conceded by globalresearch.ca, during the 90’, the years with most shootings were 1991 with 8, and 1999 and 2012 with just 7.

Nowadays, we have count 208 shooting until June 26.

I started to think, what are the reason for a person to commit this type of crimes? What can motivate a person to harm innocents? Maybe could be impossible to find specific reasons for this behaviors , but if you ask my Grandma, she is going to say “the need moral values and religion”.

 How having a well formed family core can determine a person’s personality and behave? I am not a psychologist but I bet she is right. When you are raised with love and respect and for sure discipline, you will become a great human being. I remember when I was a child, we respected our Mom’s rules even when we were not agree, never yell at her and if we did something prohibit, we know the flip flop will flight to our heads (metaphorically speaking).  

Checking some past events and new ones, I knew that some of this shootings were not linked with gangs problems. I found an interview that was made to Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, where he suggested that big cause of this is the availability of guns, and “the American obsession with fame” (specially if the shooter is a young person).

I felt curious about what do I need to purchase a gun, and most of all, if me as an alien resident, a.k.a non-US citizen, is allowed to purchase a firearm.

Surpricely, the requirement are very easy. According with GatGuns.com,  any person can purchase a firearm as long as is 18 years age, had a FOID card, a driver license or state ID, and of course, a background check (What exactly do they check? Does not seems to be very efficient). And after 24 hours, BOOM, you are the owner of a handgun, rifle or a shotgun.

If you are wondering which type of gun you can buy, let’s get deeper. In 2010, the website Justfacts.com published a survey:  

 

Households With a Gun Adults Owning a Gun Adults Owning a Handgun

Percentage

40-45% 30-34%

17-19%

Number 47-53 million 70-80 million

40-45 million

When they were asked about what was the reason for keeping guns in their houses, most of them accorded with “self-protection”. But wait a minute, some of this guns are fully automatic guns that can shoot 100 rounds in 56 seconds; my question here is, why a regular person need that type of gun? To protect themselves from what, a zombie attack?

In an interview about this subject, to Mary Muscari, a forensic nurse at Binghamton University in New York, she were asked about what we can do to stop this madness. Her recommendation was, especially to the media, that we need to focus on the victims names and not on the name of the killers. This could help to reduce the anxiety of becoming a public figure to those who has a weak mind and have this terrible thoughts.

Knowing this, do you think we can find a safety measure anytime soon? People need to understand this is real life and all actions have consequences, life is not a reality show, they can end up dead by the law enforcements. 

I believe with an education, that starts at home, respecting your parents, respecting yourself, and why not, some religious believes, will change a person’s perspective of others and will have a positive impact on the society, we will be more tolerant and nice to each other.

Family is one of the pillars of any civilization, spend more time with your kids, concern about their fears, study they behave, pay attention when they are feeling frustrated, communicate each other, and remember,  saying “I love you” it is not enough, show it with actions, kids does not need material stuff, they just want our time.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. joleisa says:

    Interesting viewpoints and quite similar to mine. I don’t think it will get better. If they manage to take back all guns, we would have a chance. And of course that would be an impossible job. Like your grandmother would say, we just need to pray.

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