The Violence Of Gun Ownership Among The United States Essay

1651 Words Nov 28th, 2016 7 Pages
How do I begin to explain the world today? It’s funny, when I consider how advanced American society is, yet at the same time fail to recognize some of our real problems. For example, in the past 15 years, we’ve experienced a rise in the number of mass shootings and gun violence in the United States. From the murders at Fort Hood in 2009, to the tragic murders of 20 school aged children and six adults at Sandy Hook….in the period from 2007-2013, the FBI has documented 16.4 incidents per year. When I ask why this has happened, my first response is we need more gun laws, a unilateral ban on firearms across the United States. Once this is accomplished, then society should look at the rates of gun ownership among the mentally ill – although not an unstable individual committed every shooting. Some acts of violence have been committed by people who simply hated the United States. Yet we scapegoat others who are different, looking for someone to blame. I asked an individual once if I placed a firearm in front of them - would it fire? Would it hurt you? And the answer, of course, is No….it requires an individual with intent to pull the trigger. What I believe is that as a society, we don’t hold the person accountable for their actions. I’ve seen news reports that suggest the suspect is innocent, but that it was never their fault. When I hear, this I want to scream. After serving several tours in Operation Enduing Freedom I have a great deal of experience with…

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