NATION OF HOSTILITY
January 19, 2021
It’s hard to believe that every time we hear about another mass shooting, it seemed to be unpreventable. Unfortunately, we know those mass shootings will continue to occur, be it a result of international terrorism or by a neighbor. Although the aggressor or group of aggressors may feel disdain towards a specific group of persons, their acts of violence most often result in victims of different ages, ethnicities, and religions.
An Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of data between 2009 to 2016 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Vital Statistics System, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) reveals many disturbing facts.
Families, communities, schools, our streets and nations are torn apart by violence. Fear of violence is paralyzing and polarizing our communities, according to Ronald J. Pawley.
Violence is generated in our culture by a multiplicity of factors — the disbanding of family life, substance abuse, media, and the rise of gang activity — it will take a combination of responses to address this malignancy.
The media, video, motion pictures and music all play a role in poisoning our children and those susceptible to violent behavior. Hatred, despair and indifference are at the heart of a growing culture of violence.
So many people in our society are looking toward violence to address problems.
Encountering the complex issue of curbing gun violence is a daunting task, in Pawley’s opinion. Two problems should be at the center of the debate: mental instability and drugs. This contentious issue should not be a political campaign against the second amendment. That won’t help.
Behind these criminal acts, are individual human tragedies, lives lost, families destroyed, and children with no hope for the future.
I hope gun violence will not infringe on the second amendment rights. Harsh penalties on legally purchasing guns intended for resale to someone who would fail a background check and deranged individuals must be of paramount importance.
Gun trafficking is also an international problem with guns brought into our country by drug dealers, There are murders committed by people on drugs, murders committed by addicts to get money for drugs, turf-war murders by drug suppliers, and murders committed by gangs whose principal source of income is drug sales.
Ending the war on drugs wouldn’t end all gun violence, but it would certainly help. Ending the war on drugs would likely create new problems in America. But they would be better than the alternative problems created by drug prohibition, according to some research.
Some gun control is needed. But we cannot expect it to be the answer for gun violence in America. We do need to end the self-destructive, failed drug policies that have helped turn many of our cities into war zones. More effective policies need to be implemented.
The number of illegal sale of guns has quadrupled. If our second amendment rights are imperiled because of gun violence, it would embolden the criminal element to commit home invasions and rob people at gunpoint, as they would realize that the law-biding citizens have been stripped of their right to bear arms.