Gun Laws in America

When we grew up, back in the 80s and 90s, America was the land of dreams and endless opportunities, the place you go to make the impossible possible, a country offering its people a better life. But things have changed… Every empire throughout history had eventually collapsed. The Greeks, the Romans, the Incas, the Japanese, the Soviet Union. Seems like we are now witnessing the fallout of the United States.

It’s interesting, because as kids we grew up admiring the American dream, everybody wanted to be part of it, thinking “If I can make it there I can make it anywhere”, become rich and famous, just like all those shiny movie stars in Hollywood. Well, Holy Crap what America has now become…

The second amendment of the American constitution states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. This was written in 1791, more than two hundred years ago, to ensure people can protect themselves. However, the language used has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment’s intended scope. While originally intended to protect a private right of individuals to have arms for their own defense, would the founders of the United States have known what have become of this, surely they would call out for a change.

Since then, so many years had gone by, so many civilian casualties in mass shooting across the states, and yet absolutely NO ACTION by the US Government to change it once and for all. Since then, technology had changed, availability of weapons had changed, and the mass shootings we hear about on the news have nothing to do with self-defence. Completely the opposite.

These semi-automatic weapons are clearly not designed for self defence, they are designed for mass shooting. Those people who carry those weapons do so to HARM other people, innocent people, for no reason. And yet, many americans still believe their right to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed…

Many years on, and the availability to purchase weapons is appalling, horrifying and evidently results in a violent american society. Why would a single individual be allowed to purchase more than one item – a pistol – for self defence? Why would a single individual be allowed to purchase as many automatic weapons as they wish? for what purpose would that be? to construct their own “well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”? Clearly something is horribly wrong here.

The statistics speak for themselves:

  • Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured
  • Average Deaths per Year: Total 36,383
  • 58 percent of American adults or someone they care for have experienced gun violence in their lifetime
  • Approximately three million American children witness gun violence every year

(Stats provided by “everytownresearch.org“)

So, looking at this American reality show, many people find it completely insane. How come nobody to date had managed to fight off the damn NRA (National Rifle Association) and change the law in order to take these weapons off the streets of America? There are previous and recent examples – Australia restricted their Gun Laws following the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, then collected and destroyed more than a million firearms. New Zealand’s government announced it will be reforming the country’s gun laws only a few days after the Christchurch shooting, in which 50 people were killed earlier this year. It can be done!

So what is America going to do about it? Is it ever going to change? As long the NRA has enough political influence to put a hold on any attempt, as long as American politicians are not brave enough to make a change, assume nothing is going to change anytime soon. The United States need new leaders who really care. Do you know anyone?

Is it safe to raise children in the US these days? Surly not. Possibly one of the worst places among OECD countries. This ad speaks for itself:

 

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