In our society, an individual's opinion on gun control and regulations tends to be muddled with their support of the 2nd amendment – the right to bear arms. The issue being citizens have the constitutional right to bear arms, which is protected from infringement.
If you are grappling with this very issue and even find yourself sympathizing with the above argument let me set you straight. The prevention of gun violence and advocacy of stricter gun control regulations is not about infringing on your constitutional rights, rather it is to make it harder for dangerous people to get guns in America. You might call me a pessimist, but I don't believe that all Americans are honest, sane and law abiding citizens. On a side note, if you are a 2nd amendment advocate and embody all the stated positive characteristics, why would you oppose stricter laws? You have nothing to fear from stricter regulations – they filter out bad, gun-bearer candidates – you would still be able to own a gun.
Furthermore, if you are still back and forth about this issue, or are not going to read this whole post, I urge you to attend the Sanford School of Public Policy free screening of the movie, “Living for 32,” Monday, April 11th on Duke University's campus at 7 pm. The movie recounts Colin Goddard's story of surviving the Virginia Tech massacre and become and advocate for gun control. Please RSVP for the event on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145360902195110 Directions are provided at the events page.
Again the point of stricter gun regulations is not to deprive individual's their right to bear arms but to make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to get guns and to harm people. You don't have to go very far in our nation's history to find examples of the ease at which individuals get their hands on guns and cause a catastrophe. The Virginia Tech Massacre on April 16th, 2007 showed America the havoc a psychological unstable and angry youth could cause under the current gun regulations when he got his hands on two semiautomatic handguns, dozens of 10- and 15-round magazines, and 400 rounds of hollow-point ammunition.
I hear my fellow American-gun-bearers say, “but that was just one crazed youth!” “Most Americans have guns to protect themselves and their families against intruders and attacks.”
“Shouldn't we have the right to protect our families?”
First, how can you write-off the deaths of those 32 students and the 17 injured students that got in the way of Seung-Hui Cho that day in 2007? How is it enough to say that you wouldn't go on a killing spree and not want to prevent a killing spree from happening? And how could you not want stricter gun controls if you know first-hand (because you own a gun) what a powerful and deadly weapon a gun is in the wrong hands?
Secondly, a survey from “The Relative Frequency of Offensive and Defensive Gun Uses,” states that guns are more likely to raise the risk of injury than to confer protection. And guns are 4 to 6 times more likely to be used to intimidate and threaten than to protect (http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/gunviolence?s=1 ).
You can believe your family is safer because you own a gun but what happens when you or that gun aren't around? What happens when your loved ones step outside the range of your protection, what protects them from individuals that are dangerous?
Stricter gun controls are the only thing that will protect your family and you when individuals that are not law abiding, sane citizens get a hold of a gun.
Colin Goddard one of the survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre, who called 9-1-1 from his cellphone during intermediate French class, stars in the documentary, “Living for 32.” In the movie, Goddard turns his nightmarish experience and into personal call to action and advocacy against gun violence.
“Many people say we can't or shouldn't improve the gun laws in this country,” Goddard stated. “I'm part of the next generation, I reject that premise, and I say we can and should do better.”
The Sanford School of Public Policy is holding a free screening of the movie, Monday, April 11th on Duke University's campus at 7 pm. This intimate look at one man's experience as a victim of gun violence and his inspirational journey as an advocate for stricter gun controls provides a look at the gun control regulation issue from a new perspective. His perspective is one that we cannot ignore whether or not we are staunch 2nd amendment supporters.
If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP for the event on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145360902195110 Directions are provided at the events page.