I am interested in gun rights, specifically in the US compared to the rest of the world and what this means for gun violence in the US. I read three articles on run rights, one was mostly about the statistics of gun violence in the US versus other countries, one is simply stating the pros and cons of gun control and where most of the country stands on this issue, and the last is from the perspective of a mother who has to raise her children in a world with gun violence.
After reading U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons, by cfr.org, I learned that the US has roughly half of the worlds civilian owned guns, and in addition to this we have one of the highest gun related homicide rates in the world among developed nations. This article compared many other nations gun regulations to ours, showing how many of these nations have all had serious gun reform in their recent history due to gun violence issues. This has showed me how unwilling the US is to have any kind of gun reform. The rest of the world has responded to gun violence by restricting access to firearms and reforming their gun laws, meanwhile, while the US has one of the highest gun related violence rates in the world we still have yet to implement any type of gun reform.
From Gun Control Explained I learned why many people in the US are so against gun reform. Many people believe that it is violating their rights, they believe that people have the “right to arm themselves for hunting, self-defense, sport- or just because they want to”. This statement stood out to me because it made me think of the third article We’re teaching kids how to fight off an active shooter. Surely we can do better. In this article Darlena Cunha shared a story from her perspective as a mother of hearing how her daughter is being taught to defend herself against shooters at her school. Cunha says, “Look at how far we, as a nation, will go to avoid sorely needed gun control. We’re twisting ourselves in knots and forcing schools to pay for all this training to save our kids’ lives, just so we don’t have to contemplate legislation that would stop the problem at its root.” We are forcing our children to defend themselves simply because many of us value hunting, sport, and our wants above the safety of our kids.
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