OPINION: US gun reform is a necessity and an obligation

Catherine Koshy

Editor

Mass shootings have become a ritual in the U.S. There have been far too many sequels and it’s scary.

The history of such horrendous events marked its beginning in the 19th century, when University of Virginia law professor John Davis was shot to death by student Joseph Semmes in 1840. Years passed by, different governments ruled, guns have been more efficient, and if anything, it seems to become easier to shoot someone in American schools.

The latest was Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 students and teachers were killed by Nicholas Cruz, an expelled classmate with an AR-15 stands as the solid proof.

It’s a shame that America, the world’s super power pathetically failed again and again to prevent these incidents. The government have stood and watched as children died and now the young people of the country demand a change.

The fight for stricter guns laws gives us a light of hope. It might result in a shift. It might bring Democrats and Republicans to agree on something positive. Canada has responded in mid-March with a bill to tighten the laws with Bill C-71, calling for changes to background checks and mandatory record keeping by vendors.

With the ‘March for our Lives’ events across the U.S., and the work of other advocacy groups, the government and the politicians are left with no option than to come to a decision to tighten gun laws.

The present scenario clearly shows guns have become a cheap commodity that anyone could buy. It’s a slap on the face for the security system in the country. Do people feel so insecure that they are forced to carry a gun? If school kids could carry such dangerous weapons in their school bags instead of books, it also suggests much about the unwanted leniency and freedom the country offers for gun ownership.

This has to change. Yes, guns are for self-defense and security of the state. But it shouldn’t give an untrained person unfettered access to firearms.

The National Rifle Association believes more guns make the country safer.

That statement shows instead America is insecure and declares to the world that people are not safe in America.

Gun owners should have more than a proper license. They should be able to prove that they are trained to carry guns. They should show they are mentally stable before being able to own firearms. The government should make it harder for people to buy guns, especially assault rifles, because these massacres must end.

The law enforcement authorities should have greater control over the sellers of guns. The government should bring in legislation to do so.

U.S. President Donald Trump initially seemed to be ready to make some changes. He at first backed raising the minimum age to possess a gun to 21 from 18. He has since backed down and suggests teachers should be trained to carry a firearm.

Trump mentioned the need to deal with mental issues. There is also suggestion that violent video games and entertainment influence young minds in a way that they forget what it is to value the life of another fellow human. Competitiveness, thrill or revenge, whatever it may be, seems to over-power humanity. There is no place for social values. There is no interaction. There have to be measures to study the root causes that push these teenagers to commit such crimes.

Now it is the time to save lives before it goes completely out of control. The leaders of the country should stop talking about the problem and find practical solutions to stop massacres.

“You have a different president now,” said Trump, as he pointed out the past failures in attempting to address gun violence.

Well, we have to wait and watch if he does anything. America can’t afford to lose anymore lives to such dreadful events.

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