By Jack Robaszkiewicz
After the tragedy that happened in Florida earlier this month, many people have taken to the streets. Some claim that guns laws now make it too easy to purchase a firearm; however, many other people claim that our laws are just fine and that guns aren’t the problem, it’s the people operating them. I believe that both sides have valid points; however, there are also many flaws.
Many people believe that stricter gun laws will prevent these deadly weapons from ending up in the hands of criminals. While we all wish this was true, it is simply not possible. There are already thousands of firearms out on the streets. Some legal, some not. If someone really wanted to get their hands on one, they will. On top of this, the United States in the leading country in production of guns. There are 88.8 guns for every 100 residents in the United States. In 2014, Remington Firearms produced over 1.47 million guns.
Have you ever heard this saying before? “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” This is absolutely true. In order for a gun to kill someone or something, it must be handled by a human being. However, this doesn’t justify the fact that on an average day, 96 Americans are killed due to such weapons. Even though guns don’t actually kill people alone, they make it way to easy. During the Florida shooting, the suspect was able to kill 17 people in about 3 minutes and injure many more.
It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where we must witness such tragedies. And what’s even worse is that instead of coming together as a nation to fix these problems, we blame and point fingers at each other. These terrible events are going to constantly happen over and over again until we unite as one to stop it.