I’m going to try to keep this short because I could go on and on all day about it, but that won’t accomplish anything.
Recently there was a stabbing at a high school in Pennsylvania. The boy wielded two kitchen knives and injured 22 people, including an armed security guard. This tragedy could have been much worse had the boy had a gun. We’d have god knows how many dead kids on our hands instead of 20 some injured ones.
People like to claim that “people kill people, not guns” but it’s awfully hard to kill someone without a gun, especially at range. Perhaps this boy didn’t actually intend to kill anyone and just intended to injure. I don’t think it matters. The point of the matter is, knives are much less deadly than guns. Of course I’d rather there was no attack at all, but if I had to choose, I’d rather be involved in a mass stabbing than a mass shooting.
Gun control proponents (most of them, anyway) do not want to take your guns away. We do not want to overturn the second amendment of the right to bear arms. We just want some regulation. There’s no reason for anyone to own an assault rifle. There’s no reason we shouldn’t have background checks on gun purchases. There’s no reason we should be letting people purchase firearms at gun shows or other private sales with no background checks or waiting periods.
States and countries with more gun control typically have fewer gun-related homicides . (And before anyone cites this article about this study, as far as I can tell, they only compared the gun ownership to the overall homicide/crime rate. That’s not what we’re talking about and is extremely misleading. We need to compare gun ownership with gun violence, not overall violence.)
I don’t want to stop anyone from owning guns. I want to stop them from owning assault rifles, and I want to stop mentally ill and irrational people from owning guns. I can’t think of a better solution to gun violence than reducing the amount of guns out there. If you have a better suggestion, by all means, suggest it. There are many more factors in gun violence than gun ownership alone (mental illness, culture, family life, poverty, and other existing laws all have a factor, and this is another topic in and of itself) so gun control is not the only solution by any means. I just think it’d help.