Stopping the violence is much more complex than just banning guns

Stopping the violence is much more complex than just banning guns

Growing up in rural South Carolina on my family’s farm, I developed a love, appreciation and, most importantly, respect for firearms. To this day, I remain a collector of firearms and a supporter of the American right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As a result, I have always encouraged responsible gun ownership and use for all Americans because, as I was taught, safety is the most paramount aspect of gun ownership. That said, we have all noticed a disturbing trend in our country — the ever-increasing number of shootings and gun-related deaths — and while the quick response from some, mainly on the left, is to ban weapons, it appears to me that we have a serious issues with mental health and poverty in this country that contribute significantly to gun violence. I don’t believe that banning guns will result in any significant decline in shootings that arise because of these two categories. Since January in the United States, we have had 126 mass shootings , according to Wikipedia, resulting in the deaths of 148 people, including the perpetrators, and injuries to 485 others, including the shooters. While it’s important to acknowledge that there is not a wholly accepted definition of “mass shooting,” these numbers are staggering — some of the highest in the industrialized world. Let’s contrast 2021 to when I was growing up, a time when mass shootings rarely happened. Back then, family structure and parental involvement […]

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