Mass killings are on the rise, more mass killings have occurred this year than ever seen before. People are living in fear and are looking for something to blame. The most common weapon used in these killings have been guns. With guns being the mainly used weapon it comes as no surprise that is what the American people and our government have been looking to regulate and in some cases ban guns, the term they use to describe their acts and notions is gun control. Gun control looks good on paper but in reality it will infringe on our second Amendment right, disarm the law abiding citizens, and will result in the increase of illegally purchased weapons and crimes committed with illegally obtained weapons.
Gun violence is something that is talked about on a daily basis. It seems every time the news comes on reporters are presenting another instance of some being shot either on purpose or accidentally. Just recently there was a mass shooting in a Florida night club and a young man killing an elderly man on Facebook live. Gun control laws need to be reviewed and pushed more to try and get more guns off of the streets. Murders are being committed all over the world with different types of guns including hand guns, rifles, semiautomatic, machine and shot guns.
On October 1st, 2015 President Barack Obama released a speech regarding the devastating mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. President Obama’s main argument, in his speech, was that we as a nation have put so much money to prevent other disasters but have, for the most part, ignored the idea of proceeding with gun control laws to prevent situations like mass shootings. The President mentions how “it's fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds, regardless of what they think their motivations may be. But we are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses or want to do harm to other people.
Mental illness significantly affects many around the world. In fact, about four-hundred and fifty million people worldwide suffer from one or more of the different known mental illnesses. That is one in every four people. Severe mental health issues such as severe anxiety disorder, antisocial personality disorder, schizophrenia, or sensory perception disorder are illnesses which are common among the people responsible for the numerous mass shootings in America. Many believe the possession of firearms in the hands of the mentally ill are the real cause of mass shootings.
School shootings and active shooter situations are one of the hottest topics in America right now. There is nothing more tragic than turning on the television or radio and hearing about the deaths of children. The primary argument is that no one can ever seem to agree on what the cause of these events are, and if they can be stopped before they occur. Lately it seems that there are more and more of these events occurring, however some researchers argue that this is not the case (Rocque, M. (2012). Others argue that while the events themselves may not be increasing the high amount of publicity these events get from the mainstream media makes it seem that they are occurring more frequently (Snell, C., Bailey, C., Carona, A., & Mebane, D. (2002).
In America, we face a unique predicament. This is unique because the rest of the world does not face this problem on such a large scale. Guns are so accessible to the public that many people own large amounts of guns and ammunition without a logical reason as to why they would need such a large amount. Debates about gun violence often focus on the number of guns that are in circulation. However, the number of guns is not the only source of America’s gun epidemic.
On, February 14, 2018, a mass school shooting in Florida got the nation’s attention, however, gun violence has always been an issue, and it is only getting worse. Now people are saying there needs to be something done, and there are many that agree. Starting off there should be stricter gun laws, because in today’s world it is too easy to get handguns and assault rifles. With, the capabilities a firearm holds, such as taking people’s lives there must be stricter restrictions that could help cut down the gun violence and save lives. Increasing the age of purchasing a firearm would be one step.
Throughout the decade there has been many cases involving interactions with people in possession of guns. Since as long as I know, mass shootings have become a global issue that has increased within the years. In addition, mass shootings have doubled within the past 10 years, not to mention, these crimes have resulted in numerous deaths, due to the wrong people in possession of a firearm or multiple firearms. Occurrences worldwide have taken place, making a huge impact in the lives of many people. For example, over twelve mass shootings have occurred in the year of 2012 alone.
Lone wolf terror attacks have become more dangerous than even leading terror organizations, like ISIS and and Al Qaeda. A Lone wolf terrorist encompasses any act of terror committed by one individual alone, however he/she may act in support of a larger group. LWT attacks are in America are perpetrated by right wing extremists, homegrown jihadist or mentally ill who are denied by society. On June 12th of last year, 29 year old US citizen Omar Mateen shot fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, striping the lives of 50 innocent souls. The gunman dialed 911 about an hour into the shooting, “...I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State" (3 Hours).
Mass Shootings have been pretty common in the U.S. In the past 30 years or so. According to the Congressional Research Service, there have been 78 mass shootings in the United States since 1983. The shootings have resulted in 547 deaths and 1,023 casualties. Mass shootings are only responsible for a very small percentage of deaths in the United States, but mass shootings are happening more often than ever, a mass shooting happens on average one time a month.