Killing things for fun is popular here in the South, but when does the second amendment need to be expressed a little less? Is there a limit to the freedom, or should we be able to bear all the arms we want?
I recently got into a marathon conversation that started with guns, and instead of rambling on about my opinion, I’d like to just present some facts and let you reach your own opinion on gun control:
- America is a violent country, but not as much as it used to be. The death by assault rate has almost been cut in half since the 1980s.
- About 270 million guns are owned by civilians, while under a million firearms are owned by the police.
- The South is the most violent region of the U.S. According to the CDC, the south has just about double the amount of assault deaths in the Northeast.
- Since 1950, every public mass shooting (with the exception just one) in the U.S. has occurred in a place where civilians are banned from carrying firearms.
- According to a Gallup poll, gun ownership in the U.S. is declining overall. In the 1960s, 50 percent of American households owned a gun. That number is down to 40 percent.
- Just under 33,000 Americans were killed in gun-related incidents in 2011.
I’d also like to show you this video:
I think videos like this one get a bad rap for being ‘anti-gun’ or ‘liberal’ when, really, it’s not saying, ‘Take the guns away.’ The video is saying it’s time to end gun violence in the U.S. — something I hope we, as fellow humans, are all in support of.
I’d like to get some feedback from both sides here. Give me your arguments. Are videos like the one above just pieces of propaganda for gun control? Or is it right to push the message to end violence, no matter what the outcome?