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When is Enough Enough

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In just five years, 2013-2018, there have been approximately 300 school shootings. That 300 number includes both fatal and non-fatal incidents, but why are Americans so hesitant about restriction of guns or changing laws regarding the purchase of guns? Why do we pride ourselves in the ability to possess a gun when we account for 31% of mass shootings in the world when our population only accounts for 4.4% of the world’s total population? It’s simple; politicians can’t enact to change gun laws because they’ll lose their constituent’s support and for some reason many seem to think that the guns aren’t to blame. Even though guns are not the only thing to blame, they are a large reason as to of why school shootings happen once a week in America.

The United States could learn from other countries that have hardened the ability to possess a firearm or have banned firearms completely. For citizens of Japan to have rights of ownership of a firearm, they must go through rigorous testing that includes an all-day class, a written exam, and pass a shooting range test with an accuracy of 95% or higher. They must also pass a mental health test at a hospital as well as a deep and intricate background check to make sure the possible gun owner is mentally fit to own one. For a United States citizen, all that is required is a passing of a background check. However, mulitple sales are done under the table at events like gun shows that are made simply for the money.

Many compare the banning of guns to the banning of drugs: “Oh they’ll just find other ways, they’re criminals after all” or “drugs are still around, how would banning guns do anything”. People over-complicate a simple idea; increased difficulty. Nothing ever goes away completely by a ban or a restraint, but it is reduced because of the complications of getting it. Both sides fight their extremist arguments and America has become so potent in the left and right, especially after the recent election, that there is not much of a middle. When the two ideas clash, they’re so opposite that there is no merging or compromise; nothing gets done or changes, it’s a constant stalemate. It’s irritating that shooting after shooting happens and each side points fingers at the other with the words “mental health” and “gun banning”. Can both not agree that the at home Americans does not need a semi-automatic gun that fires approximately 90-120 rounds per minute? In what situation would require the possession of a gun that empties that many bullets in one minute? The answer is none. I don’t mean to put an overbearing ban on all guns, but there is no logical reason for a citizen that is not in war to own such a gun. It is perfectly reasonable for someone to own a handgun in order to feel safe in their home, majority of Americans do.

Overall, the United States is ridiculed over its ignorance of both mental health and rules applied to gun ownership by other countries. They question why the U.S. can’t learn or even have common sense to perhaps consider changing a major reason behind the deaths of innocent children and adults every year. The United States didn’t learn when Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured 851 more (422 by gunfire) in Las Vegas, the United States didn’t learn when Dylann Roof took the lives of nine innocent people during their regular Sunday service in Charleston, and the United States didn’t learn when Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 students that were six and seven years old as well as six staff members in Newtown, Connecticut, so as any human being with a sense of emotion would question, when is enough enough?

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When is Enough Enough