Gun Safety Essay
Many people choose not to take a gun safety class because it is not mandatory and are of the belief they know how to handle a gun. There have been reports of people cleaning their guns improperly and injuring themselves very severely. Others have been in a situation in which they believe an intruder is in the house, but it turns out to be a family member or friend. This can potentially cause accidental injury and even death.
Why do people feel the need to own a firearm? What is it truly protecting them from, when a gun owner is “6.5 times more likely to be shot and 5.2 times more likely to get killed compared to an unarmed citizens” (American Journal of Public Health)? Is it worth having a gun, when there is a higher chance of hurting yourself than actually protecting anyone? The spiral of violence can only be broken by love and building loving relationships. Having firearms in homes is not a compassionate way to treat violence, especially being more likely to kill innocent bystanders than an intruder. The Catholic Social Teachings suggest to “Promote peace” but this is impossible when everyone owns a gun and is afraid of their own neighborhoods. They are tricked into believing that gun ownership is ethically right, although, the chance of actually needing to protect your home or shooting an intruder is quite low. Where is the trust, peace and love within these …show more content…
When a firearm is misplaced or stolen, it needs to be reported to the police immediately. Some people fail to notice that their gun is stolen and are not fast enough to report it which can cause unwanted accidents. There have been quite a number of reports in the states of children finding the family’s firearms. The presence of weapons around children can jeopardize everyone 's safety in the house and in the neighborhood. Sometimes young children or even teens have shot one of their siblings or parents by accident, not knowing it’s strength, but some are fully aware of its outcomes. The public high school, Columbine in Colorado, had a massacre in 1999, in which two students had stolen guns from their parents and killed twelve students and one teacher.
Why do people still choose to own guns in their homes? Why are there so many child related incidents? When a child or teen is killed by a firearm, “the gun that killed them comes from their own home, 72 percent of the time” (American Journal of Public Health). Why do people risk owning a gun for protection when it is actually a safety hazard for everyone around them the majority of the