I Don’t Know If Gun Control Is 'The Answer' But At This Point, I Support It Anyway

I Don’t Know If Gun Control Is 'The Answer' But At This Point, I Support It Anyway

I don’t know if gun control is the answer, but maybe you do.

There is a strong battle right now over guns and whether or not they should be controlled or banned, and with each new shooting, it puts extra pressure on the legislature to make a decision.

There are compelling stories from victims’ families, pushing to make it all happen while the other side questions the shooter’s mental health. It has become a nasty back and forth that only gets worse with each passing day.

I don’t know if gun-control is right or wrong, but maybe you do.

So let’s explore some arguments, on both sides.

Guns don’t kill people, the mentally ill do.

One of the biggest arguments from conservatives is that the shooter had a mental health issue and that guns aren’t killing but the mentally ill are. This leaves a pretty rough impression that all people that suffer from mental illness, whether anxiety, a mood disorder or depression, are going around killing people.

However, in an analysis of 235 mass killings, many of which were carried out with firearms, 22 percent of the perpetrators could be considered mentally ill. 22 percent. That's it.

Guns promote suicides.

Another thing to take note of is that those who are committing suicide are more likely to both try it and be successful if using a gun. Suicide rates are higher with gun violence than drug overdoses.

Furthermore, in 2010 the rate of suicides committed using a gun was higher than homicides with 19,332 suicides and 11,078 homicides. That means that three out of five people who died at the hand of a gun committed suicide. That is an alarmingly high number.

Guns protect people.

This is tough, because while guns can be a mode of protection, what are you protecting yourself from? Other guns? With gun control, would this even be necessary?

Gun control wouldn’t work.

Let’s ask Australia, Japan, Norway, and the UK how they feel about that. Or perhaps we can look at their massive decrease in gun-related deaths since implementing gun-control.

No one would support gun control.

OK, that feels like a solid argument for conservatives, but recent poles have actually shown upwards over 50 percent of the U.S. population are actually in support of gun control.

According to polls conducted by Quinnipiac University, 67 percent of voters are in favor of banning assault weapons, 83 percent are in favor of a waiting period for gun purchases, 59% feel that the U.S. would be less safe if more people had weapons, and 75 percent of voters agree that Congress needs to redo gun laws.

Gun control does not mean everything is completely banned. It means laws get tighter and people get safer, of course, people will support that.

Guns are for sport.

It’s important to note that guns can be for sport, but ultimately their purpose is generally for killing. Gun-control doesn’t mean you can’t go hunting or do some target practice. It means that you can’t go buy weapons without going through the legal process to do so.

Are you allowed to go out and just drive a car, or do you have to take driver’s education, pass a test, pass a vision exam, make sure you’re not on any harmful medications, refrain from drinking, purchase a vehicle, and buy insurance first? Case in point.

People will still get them illegally.

While this is true, a vast majority of guns used in mass shootings were actually legal weapons. In fact according to a study by Mother Jones, from 1982-2012 there were 62 mass shootings in the U.S., 49 of which used legal weapons.

While people might still get weapons illegally, having gun control could have eliminated 49 mass shootings. That feels significant.

It is our Second Amendment Right.

You're right. The Second Amendment does give people the right to own guns. However, it is not an unlimited right. Let's be clear that there are still stipulations for gun ownership. Guns aren't shoes. Not everyone needs one and you don't need several.

How would you even do it?

I know, I know. I can feel your frustration oozing. I get it, you don’t want gun control. But let’s think for a minute about what that might look like. In Japan, a person must attend an all-day class, pass a written test, achieve at least a 95 percent accuracy in a shooting-range test, as well as pass a mental health assessment at a hospital.

I get it, it is costly and time-consuming… but maybe also lifesaving? The process alone would eliminate people from purchasing weapons.

Guns make me nervous. They might bring some people a sense of safety, but they are powerful and in the wrong hands, they can do A LOT of damage.

Day after day, I turn on the news to find schools, nightclubs, and theaters being shot up. People are being murdered with legal weapons. Weapons that the U.S. gave them the legal right to buy. Why is that OK?

I don’t know if gun control is the answer, but I am willing to go for it. I am willing to put my faith in it because what else do we have at this point? Why are we having to teach children how to protect themselves?

We are walking six-year-olds through schools, practicing drills, explaining to them how to shield themselves and hide. 10-year-olds are planning escape plans and learning how to take charge of their class in case something happens to their teacher. Teachers are becoming heroes, laying down their lives like the military.

What has this world become? What has America become?

I support gun control.

Can you?

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The 10 Most Important Things You Need To Know About Relationships

Without communication, there is no relationship; without respect, there is no love; and without trust, there is no reason to continue.

When you see an old couple holding hands or sharing romantic kisses while sitting on a park bench, doesn't that spark warm feelings of love and happiness in your heart? Doesn't it make you think about how they maintained their relationship for so many years when couples you know have trouble making it past six months? And of course, some people are not made for each other and so their relationship just simply doesn't work. But then there are couples who give up the minute an obstacle comes along, which makes you think their relationship wasn't truly important to them in the first place. What everyone has to understand in order to preserve a strong, happy, and prosperous relationship is that love is colorful, and the same kind of love doesn't exist for everyone. Being in a loving relationship that continues to thrive, I'm going to share some of the few things that I believe should exist between two lovers who want to sustain their prosperous relationship.

1. Communication

Communicating with your partner is essential. I'm sure you've heard it before, but communication is key. If something is bothering you or what your partner wants to do isn't what you're interested in, say something! Neither you nor your partner are mind readers, so how are they supposed to know how you feel if you keep your feelings bottled up inside? Not speaking up and communicating your ideas, feelings, desires, and wants is unhealthy because one day you might blow up and say some things you'll either regret or feel sorry for saying. Communicate to find a middle ground in your relationship because it's unfair for one person to constantly accommodate the other. Relationships cannot grow without communication, so don't be afraid to speak your mind and embrace your thoughts.

2. Trust and Honesty

A relationship cannot continue without trust and honesty. By being honest with your partner, they have no reason to doubt you or not trust you. Trust is vital in a strong and successful relationship because you don't want to think twice about what your partner says or does. Almost anything can be acceptable in a relationship as long as you're honest with your partner. Being in a relationship doesn't mean that everything else in your life has to change. You can still see your friends, go out, and be your own person, but be honest with your partner with whatever you do because by hiding something from them, you might be giving them the perfect reason not to trust you.

3. Forgiveness

No relationship is perfect. That's because none of us are perfect. People make mistakes in everyday life in the same way that people make mistakes in relationships. Of course, there are some things that are unforgivable, such as cheating on your partner (at least in my eyes), because it means that your relationship didn't mean much to you anyway. But, most things can be forgiven. Forgiveness is extremely important and necessary in a relationship because we have to accept and be reminded that we aren't perfect. So if I bailed on you because something important came up or you had a bad day at work and said some things to me that should have been directed at someone else out of anger, it's okay. Sometimes all it takes is a simple I'm sorry and I forgive you.

4. Respect and Appreciation

Without respect and appreciation, there is no love. How can you disrespect the one you love and care for? Exactly: it's hard to find an answer. Respect is the foundation of a healthy relationship. Respect your partner by choosing your words carefully, honoring boundaries, being willing to compromise, showing consideration, and protecting your partner. Make sure you're being respected by knowing your worth, acting honorably, setting and upholding boundaries, being a man or woman of your word, and showing respect for yourself. Appreciate your partner for who they are, the things they do for you, the support they give you, and the growth that they contribute in building your own identity.

5. Emotional Support

Real men don't cry is a load of bullshit. I have been blessed to be surrounded by a few strong and courageous men in my life who I've seen shed a tear or cry when losing a loved one or simply out of pure happiness. We all have emotions and though we try to hold them in check, those emotions sometimes boil over. In relationships, it's important to show emotional support for your partner, regardless if they are a man or a woman. So when your partner is going through a tough time or is struggling for whatever the reason might be, stray away from the pathetic Be A Man go-to phrase and be their shoulder to lean on. If your partner knows that you're emotionally there for them, they might have an easier time opening up to you in the future.

6. Humor

Sharing laughs and smiles with the one you love is extremely important. After all, being in a relationship is sharing your life with someone you care for, cherish, and have fun with. Being able to joke around and laugh with one another is extremely healthy for your well-being and the relationship. It's not just about fun and games, but it's also no fun to be so serious and stern about everything. Keep your relationship alive with some humor, adventure, and daily laughs to see the smile of your loved one!

7. The Magic of Small Things

The small things in life are actually not that small. There are times where the smallest deed can make someone the happiest and that's usually because the small things are the most thoughtful ones. Preparing breakfast when your partner is too tired or surprising them with an iced caramel latte on their way home from work can be enough to make their day. The small things really do count and they are remembered more than you might think. There's something magical in knowing that your partner feels appreciated and happy that they have the privilege of calling you mine. And the small things can do just that.

8. Sharing Interests

Having things in common with the one you love and sharing interests with your partner is perfect because neither one of you need to accommodate the other! There will be days where both you and your partner will not want to do the same things and a middle ground will have to be met, but sharing interests makes it easier when looking for fun things to do and finding things to talk about! Having a few similar interests like bike riding or playing football allows you and your partner to have your "thing," the thing that brings you two together. Liking similar things is also a perfect conversation starter, but also talking about your dislikes and things that you don't agree on can spark an intense and even more enticing conversation!

9. Celebrate Achievements

The happiness you feel because of your own achievements should be the same feeling you get when your partner accomplishes something they've been striving for, no matter how little it may be. Whether it be winning the Noble Peace Prize, having a 4.0 GPA, or hitting a new record at the gym, no achievement should go unnoticed. Being proud of your partner's achievements can strengthen your relationship and bring the both of you closer together.

10. Love and Affection

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. This might strike you at first, but what's the point of being successful, rich, happy or really anything else if you have nobody to share it with? Love is one of life's greatest gifts. It brings people together and allows them to build a life that some can only dream of. But sometimes love is not enough to maintain a prosperous and healthy relationship. That's because relationships aren't easy, people are so different from one another, and relationships take much effort and patience. But in the end, if you don't have love in a relationship, you really don't have anything. Take the time to show your partner some affection, to make alone time a priority. The kisses, hugs, and even sex is something that in the end does make a relationship healthy. But without love, all of that means nothing.

Every relationship struggles, but only strong relationships get through it. Take the time to focus on these ten things that are important in keeping the love alive and feelings between you and your partner strong. And most importantly, remember that no one falls in love by choice; it's by chance, and no one falls out of love by chance--it's by choice.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.


For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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