Gun control, gun control, gun control! This has been a hot topic since the recent Florida Shooting. This is a debate that has been going on for the longest time in this country. Whether or not civilians should be allowed to own firearms. The debate really sparked in 1994 when Former President Bill Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which claimed to ban the purchase of certain weapons identified as being “assault weapons” to the general public between the years of 1994 and 2004. The ban lists 18 different semi-automatic weapon models. This included weapons such as AR-15s and AK-47s. It was supposed to help end gun violence in the USA … and as expected, it did nothing.
On April 20, 1999, five years after Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, the Columbine Massacre occurred. Fifteen students were killed while twenty four were wounded during the attack. The now second worst school shooting in US history. It took place during the ten year Assault Weapons Ban. What guns were used during the Columbine Massacre? Assault weapons. Wakefield Shooting in 2000. Seven dead. What was used? Assault weapons. Lockheed Martin Plant Shooting in 2003. Seven dead. What was used? Assault weapons. The list goes on.
No matter what you do, no matter what laws you pass, no matter what legislation you conjure, you can NOT stop a criminal from wanting to kill people. If they have it in their head that they want to kill over a dozen people, they will act on it. If they can’t buy a gun, that’s nothing. All they need to do is get a VPN, download Tor, go searching on the Dark Net, and get a gun illegally. No process, no wait time, nothing. Just buy and go. The best part? Their transaction is untraceable.
The one thing we can do, is teach Americans how to defend themselves. In 1974, there was a school shooting that took place in Israel known as the Ma’alot Massacre. Leaving 31 Israelis dead and 70 injured. After that, laws were passed that demanded that all schools would be allowed armed guards and teachers on school grounds at all times. Since then, there has only been two school shootings. Two. That is how you deal with school shootings.
When a maniac reads a sign that says, “Gun Free Zone”, then they just found an easy target. When they walk in there and shoot up the place, there will be nobody there to stop them. Nobody there who will shoot back. However, if they come into a place with armed guards, they will have less of a chance to do serious harm. We are teaching our youth how to run away instead of teaching them how to protect themselves. We’re teaching them how to get somebody else to solve their problems instead of teaching them how to stand and fight. We’re teaching them how to be dependent on somebody instead of being independent for themselves.
It’s sick. It’s wrong. It’s un-American. It needs to change. Gun Control will never work … but teaching self-defense, will be a step in the right direction for all Americans.
Everyone has the right to defend themselves. Everyone has the right to own a gun.