So, I am talking about the dilemma hovering over the gun control issue of America.
Statistical data shows that only during the year 2015 the US has witnessed no less than 370 mass shootings incident, in which about 500 people lost their lives. So, is the US Government responsible for not taking appropriate action to tackle the issue of gun control or is it something that is not under the control of the US Administration and Law Enforcement agencies, first hand.
Now, here it is worthy to know that in America every citizen has a freedom of keeping firearms, and there are approximately 300 million guns in the US, one gun for every man, woman, and child. Many gun owners advocate that they keep firearms as they feel safe. Now, the question that strikes to everyone’s mind is what exactly is US afraid of?
And the answer is – the tragic mass shooting incidents that have shaken up the American soil over the past few years. The possession of lethal arms has increased many folds in the aftermath of these mishaps. These tragic incidents that claimed the lives of near and dear ones have forced many Americans to possess firearms, so that they can protect themselves and their families from the goons and miscreants responsible for creating havoc in their lives.
Though Americans feel safer by possessing firearms, the reality is far away from what exactly the assumptions are. Studies have suggested that people are actually less safe when they have arms as compared to when they don’t. Reason – Because now people are at greater risk of suicides, homicides, domestic violence. Studies have also shown rise in the cases of violence against the police and the law enforcement workers in the US of late, all because of the legal possession of guns by the US citizens.
So, what’s the solution that can keep a check on the possession of lethal arms? Well…this is an easier question to ask the tougher to answer. According to the Executive Director of Texas Gun Sense – an organization pushing for stricter gun control, Ms. Andrea Brauer, a collective momentum should be built by the gun control organizations, the US Government, and the citizens of the states to put pressure on the NRA to change its policies.
But that’s not gonna likely happen in US, under Trump administration. President Trump has taken an aggressive approach in taking immediate action on the pledges he made to the Americans during his election campaign. After taking aggressive stance on immigration process and visa norms, the next drastic action from him could be the reinforcement of the fact that law abiding Americans have the right to carry guns for personal protection, hunting, and for sports. This repeals former President’s Obama’s actions that compromised American rights to legally possess and bear arms and strengthens the NRA’s idealogy of ‘the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’