One of the strangest, most American things to me is how people can feel safer with a gun around. It has always seemed so backwards to me. I have heard the argument that says, “If someone tries to shoot up a public place, I would use my gun to shoot them”. It’s fighting fire with fire when what we really need is a fire extinguisher. There are multitudes of statistics that back up the need for gun control. According to CNN, gun homicide rates are 25.2 times higher in the U.S. than in other higher-income countries. How can we ignore the facts? The U.S. has suffered many shootings resulting in deaths whereas other countries suffer from exponentially less gun violence if any at all. In Japan where guns are outlawed, it is as like to be killed by a gun as it is to be struck by lightning.