7 Facts From The Las Vegas Shooting That Prove We Need More Gun Regulation

7 Facts From The Las Vegas Shooting That Prove We Need More Gun Regulation

Should these weapons be allowed with civilians? How safe are they, and how easy is it to get them?

The Las Vegas shooting was a terrible tragedy that killed more than 50 people and injured over 500. It brought out the best in people, and around the nation, many are mourning. But this devastating event raises many questions about gun control and regulations in America — should these weapons be allowed with civilians? How safe or dangerous are they? How easily can you get legally or illegally get them? Let's start off with these simple fact.

1. The Las Vegas shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

With at least 59 people killed and more than 500 people injured, the Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. This means that this shooting had the highest death toll out of all shootings dating from 1949. The Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida had 49 deaths and more than 50 injured, and the shooting at Virginia Tech killed 32 people and wounded an "undetermined number of others."

2. More than 10,000 people in 2017 around the world have died from gun-related causes.

Not to mention 23,347 injuries, 271 mass shootings or 543 children killed or wounded. Keep in mind that this is only in the year 2017. As a young adult and a member of society, I don't really feel safe, especially as more guns are being allowed on campuses. Get more statistics here.

3. One out of three homes with kids also own guns.

In other words, about 1.7 million children live at a home with at least one unlocked and loaded gun. Additionally, children and adults may feel more obliged to commit suicide with the presence of a gun at home. Of course, you can argue that guns won't be dangerous if placed in responsible hands, but what about the hands of children? Surely you can't blame children.

4. There are about 350 million guns in the United States in circulation.

There are about 113 guns for every 100 Americans. Whether these guns are obtained legally or illegally, who knows what damage they can cause? Even if I do agree with citizens arming and defending themselves, maybe 1.13 guns for every American is too intense.

5. Dying from a gun assault is more likely than choking or drowning to death.

Surprisingly, you are more likely to die from an assault by a gun than a foreign-born terrorist. In fact, dying from a gun assault is not as rare as you might think.

6. America has almost five times as much deaths from guns as other similarly developed and high-GDP countries.

America is a very developed country, yet for all that we brag about, there's still the question of gun homicide. In this chart, America is a definite outlier, as the United States' rate of deaths from gun violence is about five times more than the country with the second highest death toll of gun homicides.

7. In the state with the highest deaths by gun, 23.4 people are killed for every 100,000 people.

States with stricter gun control laws like California have a significantly lower number of deaths than states with looser gun control laws like Alabama. Every day, innocent people are in unknown danger of being killed by firearms. Perhaps this wouldn't happen so often if governments tightened gun regulations.

If you would like to learn more about firearms and numbers on them, visit the following pages: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Institute of Justice.

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Parents Of Brown Culture Raise Their Daughters And Love Their Sons

We can change that though, we just have to raise them differently.

One of my favorite things about myself is that I am a very self-sufficient person. Seriously. I even have this saying that “there’s nothing that I can’t do”—and it’s true. Although I have the support of team of about 70+ people (perks of having a big fam-bam), I am always there for myself because I know how to be. Truthfully, I LOVE that I am this way because I have amazing, great, people in my life that would do anything for me, but I don’t NEED them. I can emotionally support myself, I taught myself how to parallel park (thanks Google!), I know that’s okay to cry sometimes, I know how to pick myself up when the world is really hectic and I know that if no one “got me,” I will always be there for myself.

But I’m like this because I was raised this way.

Think about it. Think about your mom, your sister, your aunt, your sister-in-law, your cousin, your girlfriend, your best friend, think about all the women you know in your life. Think about what they’re capable of, their determination, how strong they are, and, ultimately, how self-sufficient they are.

Now think about the men in your life. How many men do you know that currently are at ages where they should be successful adults, but they don’t even know how to separate laundry? How many men do you know that have made mistake after mistake, and the world is still coddling them as if they were made out of glass? How many men do you know that won’t even ADMIT their feelings because they think repressing them makes them “manly”? Do you know any women like this? … Neither do I.

As you can see: I’m not saying that men are not strong or are not intelligent, or are not capable of living on their own. I’m saying that men are loved, and not raised. Men consistently disrespect, rape, sexually harass, cheat on their spouses, and physically and emotionally abuse women. Women—we’ve seen it, we’ve heard it, we’ve dealt with it, we’ve put up with it, we’ve confused it with love, and no one gave us an award or even apologized for it. When we speak up in the brown culture, we’re told: “Boys will be boys” and we’re supposed to excuse their actions because that’s good enough for everyone.

Women—we’re told at THREE years old, to stop letting our uncles hug us before they touch us inappropriately, we’re told that marriages, where men are drunkards and are physically and emotionally abusive, are worth staying in because “people will talk” and divorce is shameful in our culture. We’re told that dressing provocatively is a good enough reason to be groped, cat-called, or raped. We’re told this because our parents raised us, and they instill these things into our heads.

On the other hand:

Men are NEVER told that they aren’t supposed to touch CHILDREN (and quite frankly ANYONE) inappropriately. Men are NEVER told that being an alcoholic and physically and abusing their wives is shameful or that “people will talk.” Men are NEVER told that they are NOT entitled to anyone’s body, regardless of their appearance or promiscuity. Men are told that “boys will be boys” and that the consequences of their actions will always be justified because of the simple fact that they have a “Y” chromosome instead of a second “X” chromosome. Men are loved, they are not raised.

America might be making moves and advances in this epidemic. But let’s be realistic, we all know, that brown culture is not.

Primarily in the Middle East, there is a law in most countries called “Marry Your Rapist.” Because of how “SHAMEFUL” it is to be raped, and, with the idea that no one would ever want to marry their tainted daughter, families of victims are able to FORCE their daughters into marriage with the rapists. This law not only forced victims to MARRY their RAPISTS, but allowed RAPISTS to avoid criminal prosecution. We are lucky enough to have never seen this as Americans, but it is the ROOT of brown culture and it only shows how far the saying “boys will be boys” can, and will go. Here are some (SOME means just a FEW) of the countries who adopted this law: Argentina (repealed in 2012), Ecuador (repealed in 2014), Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon (repealed in 2017), Mexico (repealed in 1991), Morocco (repealed in 2014), Russia, and Thailand.

Brown culture, my culture, is one of the most beautiful cultures I have come across. I was raised with morals, standards, traditions and of course, lots of love. I suffered consequences for my negligent actions, no one sugar-coated the world for me, and I was even told that I was “given a hard time because I NEED to be tough for the world.” As a result? I am up there on my own list of the strongest women I know.

On the opposite end of the threshold, we have strong, intelligent, powerful men, who don’t know that it’s not okay to touch another person without their permission, who emphasize gender roles and equate it to self-worth, who have to have a whole daughter of their OWN before they treat women with respect, and most importantly, who have never suffered any consequences for their actions, because they were loved, and they were not raised.

So, as I’ve said: Brown culture raises their daughters and love their sons.

We can change that though; we just have to raise them differently.

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I Am A Millennial And I'm Proud

We're not dead yet. So we can't be that bad, right?

This will most definitely be a controversial topic, but I feel like this needs to be said.

Today millennials are the most hated generation yet. Perhaps that's just because every generation prior to the one before has something bad to say about them, but I believe that we millennials get the worst commentary on our actions. And I honestly have to disagree with what most of the world has to say about us.

Millennials are great.

It's true. Many people are just so used to seeing the opposite perceived in media that they don’t think any different. There has been so much hate thrown at this generation and it's absolutely crazy. To think that the entirety of our generation acts like those that you only see in the news or other types of social media platforms is absurd. I understand that there are a lot of millennials that act disrespectful and ungrateful, but 90% of the millennials I know have a much different story compared to that in the media.

Millennials aren’t begging off their parents, laying around the house with no job, pretending as if they have no sense of responsibility whatsoever. No, most of the millennials I know are employed, sometimes with more than one job, going to college, and paying bills to help keep a roof over their family’s heads for those that still live with their parents.

The rest of us are just trying to survive. We aren’t lazy. The world and economy is too unstable for that. We are busting our tails trying to make a living while still being able to afford an outrageous amount for education (because you can’t get a REAL job without some sort of degree these days).

And for the way millennials seem to act is wrong too. We often get called disrespectful and “snowflakes.” I’m not saying all millennials are saints. That is far from the truth. We are all capable of mistakes, but it’s a far stretch to blame the entire generation for what a group or community get fame for.

Would you say that all Christians are back-washed and racist because the KKK was a group of “Christians” that also liked to murder and torture the black community? No, you wouldn’t because that is not accurate. Nor should you all assume we are all disrespectful like certain youtubers. *cough Logan Paul cough* So, therefore, you can’t all label us millennials as lazy kids who all still depend on our parents and party all the time.

And most kids act the way they do because that was how they were raised. So then, if that's the case, shouldn't you blame the ones who raised them? Just food for thought.

As for the “snowflake” comment, to that, I ask: What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with a little sensitivity.

I find nothing wrong with a generation that seems to care about others and their well-being. We learned to care at times when others didn’t. We learned to care for those who had no one to care for. We learned to love those who were different and learned to be accepting of their differences whether or not they inflicted ours.

We are a softer generation and I honestly think that’s what our world needs right now. With all the heartache, don’t you think it’s time to just accept one another and worry about real problems affecting our country? Don’t you think it’s time to come together instead of dividing ourselves? To love one another?

Sensitivity shows that we care and that’s something to take pride in. I know people may hate the political correctness and other sensitive topics, but its just to show respect and acceptance. This is not to say that generations prior to us are not respectful or accepting. Perhaps they were taught another way or maybe it’s just another “tough love” thing.

Or perhaps we are just more vocal with our feelings nowadays. We all feel, but voicing our emotions is what really allows us to connect with other people and to feel normal. Maybe that’s why we are called “snowflakes.”

Other generations may have struggled, but we have our own struggles too. We are trying to survive with an unstable economy and market and we don’t take it out on you as some would suggest.

We have our faults, there's no doubt about that, but instead of blaming us, try realizing that you're not perfect either and throughout all the generations that have come and go, we're not dead yet. So we can't be that bad right?

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