The gun rights debate is a contentious issue in our country. While some contend our Constitution’s second amendment gives all citizen the “right to bear arms,” many others feel that provision was never meant for average citizens, but rather a “well regulated militia,” that in this day in age, is no longer needed.
While guns are about as American as apple pie, our neighbors around the world doesn’t always agree with our somewhat liberal gun policies that allow most adults, barring those with legal trouble, to carry a gun.
Recently, I got into a conversation with a non-American friend about the U.S. and our penchant for firearms. Although he has a permit to carry a gun for work, he didn’t understand why Americans were so gaga over guns and why our government makes it so easy to own them.
With so many gun deaths per year, and situations like the tragic shootings of Trayvon Martin and 13-year-old Darius Simmons, who was murdered by his neighborhood while he took out the trash, in my mind, it’s hard to see how arming all citizens makes us safer.
In responsible hands, guns are no more dangerous than a baseball bat, but in the clutches of someone with faulty decision-making or ill intent, a gun can cause someone’s world to come tumbling down.
But what do you think…should Americans even have guns or should we move toward ridding them from our society?
Let’s talk about it!