Hey Government, It’s Time To Act Like Adults

On June 12th, 2016 a 29-year-old man walked into a gay club in Orlando, Florida and murdered 49 people and wounded 58 more using a semi-automatic rifle and pistol. On October 1st, 2017, a 64-year-old murdered 58 people and wounded 422 more in Las Vegas, Nevada using 21 assault rifles. On February 14, 2018, a 19-year-old walked into his alma mater Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered 17 people with 15 more taken to a hospital.

While those mentioned above are among the most memorable and horrifying shootings over the last three years, they are not exhaustive. Not to mention the almost 44,000 people who were murdered using guns in the United States alone from 2015 to 2017. With all these deaths and mass shootings the partisan conversation of how to reduce the number of deaths associated with guns continues in perpetuity. The conversation revolves around a number of major issues, namely, what the cause is and what the solution is.

So what are the answers and solutions to these heavily disputed points within the broader partisan issue of gun violence?

In 1996 then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, introduced sweeping gun laws after the countries largest mass shooting. Effectively reclaiming an astounding number of guns and destroying them followed by introducing very stringent regulations that make it both expensive and difficult to own a gun, Prime Minister John Howard is responsible for the abolition of mass shootings in Australia. As a matter of fact, there were just 32 homicides by gun in 2016 as compared to the United States’ 15,000. Furthermore, the rest of the industrialized world having significantly more stringent gun laws has an extremely low rate of gun violence when compared to the United States.

The figures are quite astounding: Germany had 57 homicides by gun in 2015 as compared to the United States’ 13,000; Canada had 223 homicides by gun in 2016 as compared to the United States’ 15,000; Japan had only 13 homicides by gun in 2013 as compared to the United States’ 11,200. In the case of Japan, the United States had a staggering 86,000% more homicides by a gun with Japan's population being just under half of the United States’ population at the time (40%). The statistics speak for themselves yet there seems to be no effective action that the Right is willing to take.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and many Republicans have said that mental illness is to blame for these terrible crimes, yet according to the American Psychiatric Association only 1% of homicides by gun are associated with mental illness. It is important to note that increased government support for those with a mental illness and increased government action to reduce gun violence are not mutually exclusive. LaPierre claims that “evil walks among us” and that introducing gun regulations will only make it easier for so-called evil to act. So how does he explain the comparatively low rates of homicide by gun in other countries? Is it just that America has more “evil?”

The tactic used by the Right in order to argue against gun regulation is quite simple; it’s called the “non-sequitur.” News personality Bill Whittle in a speech regarding gun control very cleverly rattled on about statistics other than those related to the topic he was there to discuss, gun control, thereby distracting his audience and implying that the only way the Congress can deal with gun regulation is if they abandon all other activities and let the country fall into chaos.

Further still, the House of Representatives of the State of Florida in an overwhelming 71-36 defeat resolved not to place any form of regulation on assault weapons, then proceeded to resolve that action must be taken against pornography because it is a “public health risk.” This malicious act effectively tells us that, as you know, gun violence is bad, but apparently not as bad as porn. The very least we expect from our leaders in this representative democracy--a democracy designed such that “We the people” resolve to vote on those who are wiser and more educated than ourselves to represent us at a government level- is that they maintain either “intelligibility” or “correctness.” Admittedly, very rarely are the two combined, but to lack both is to be unworthy of a leadership position.

Fundamentally, the leadership of the Right knows that what they say is neither correct nor intelligible, but their supporters - “We the people” - do not know any better. So what is it that encourages the continuation of their movement? It is the monetary contributions they receive. To clarify, they know that what they say is not only incorrect, but lies, yet they say it in order to satisfy their monetary contributors. They would sooner accept monetary contributions than save tens of thousands of lives annually. I ask you where is that evil that LaPierre so “gallantly” argued against?

So where do we go from here, what can be done?

Even before sweeping gun regulations are introduced those that would lie to the people need to acknowledge their wrongdoing. An apology is required. Nay, not merely an apology, but an apology, acknowledgement of intention, and compensation for the families and loved ones of those who have died, and for the survivors of gun violence all because of a capricious, apathetic, and selfish Right wing government concerned only with personal gain.

Once they have acknowledged and apologized for what they have done, then the process of fixing the problem can begin. Until then, the issue will remain polarised and people will continue to die.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

-Having struggled with acne prone skin for years, I was cautious to try a new serum on top of the other products I've come to trust.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Your Social Activism May Actually Benefit From A Cleansing Social Media Detox

In the craziest year of our lives, sometimes there's value in taking a break.

We are living through, unequivocally, one of the most dangerous, unstable, chaotic periods of any of our lives. From COVID-19 to crises of police brutality to the mass exploitation of the poor by mega-corporations, the world outside seems to be looking more dystopic every day. What can be done about it? For many, activism involves heavily posting on social media to keep others aware. However, this comes with a net negative cost — increased levels of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness about the state of the world. Why might this be? After all, in past eras activists have endured comparable and greater levels of abuse and relentless torment from oppressors. Why, now, are people getting so easily burnt out?

Keep Reading... Show less

Reading is a relaxing activity that provides many benefits. Everybody reads books (when they are not watching Netflix, chatting on social media, or making Tik Tok videos) to distract themselves from reality for a while. Many do not realize the positive impact that books have like reducing stress, assisting with sleep, improving cognitively, and strengthening the mind. In honor of National Book Day, there are many great novels that you can read to mark this special holiday. Here are the best ones to check out.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Watch 'Arrested Development' On Netflix

"Her?" Yes, she's an amazing show! (You'll get this joke after you watch the show).


"Arrested Development" is an award-winning sitcom that aired for three seasons on Fox beginning in 2003, and then was picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, and then again for a final season in 2018.

However, it seems to remain one of the world's most underrated and under-appreciated shows of all time. Although this article alone won't be enough to skyrocket the show to Netflix's top 10, I hope that it will open people's eyes to the value and quality of the show.

Keep Reading... Show less

I have always felt left out because of how I look and who I am. I have always felt like the elephant in the room, literally. I have always been shamed for my size. For the longest time, I cared so much about what I wear and who I wore certain things in front of. I never wanted to wear shirts that would show a lot of my arm, located above my elbow. I wouldn't wear shorts that didn't go to the tip of my knees, at least. I never wore anything remotely tight, where you could see every curve, roll, or imperfection. I was so insecure about myself, and not many of my friends knew.

Keep Reading... Show less

Being a pharmacy technician never held as many risks as it does now. Exposure too hazardous conditions were little to none, and garbing up was only conducted in IV compounding. But, now, in order to give nurses the medications they need to help their patients, they need us, pharmacy technicians.

Keep Reading... Show less

I Asked My Boyfriend His Opinion On Liking Other Girls’ Pictures, And, Spoiler Alert, It's Cheating

"When you get into a relationship and you're in love, you have to realize that liking photos is for the single lifestyle."

Ladies, listen up. If you are in a relationship with a guy and he is liking other girls' pictures on social media, then it's a red flag. A man who can look at someone else and show interest by liking it means he doesn't care about your feelings AT ALL.

Keep Reading... Show less

Celebrities Stealing Designs From Small Fashion Labels Is NOT A Good Look, And They Need To Pay Up

When larger, more established figures or brands steal from lesser-known independent creators, they are taking opportunities away from these creators while also profiting from someone else's work and claiming it as their own.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B recently collaborated on their new single "WAP," with the music video also being released on Friday. Both Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B posted photos of themselves on Instagram to celebrate the premiere of "WAP." An independent designer quickly noticed that the rappers' matching tops were copies of a top she had designed last year.

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Books That Are NOT In The Young Adult Genre That Will Change Your Life

Young Adult isn't the only genre that exists, so here are seven books that any book lover wanting to try something new will love.

One of the most popular genres in literature that everyone has read at least one book from is Young Adult fiction. Now, I personally can say that, in the past, I have been one of those people that only read from the YA section of the bookstore.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with just reading one genre, it's good sometimes to venture out of your reading comfort zone into the other book genres of the literary world.

In a previous article, I discussed the importance and power of words. The perfect example of this is literature and its impact on the world. Books have always played a crucial part in human lives, from how we are able to expand our knowledge to how we pass our time.

Keep Reading... Show less

I recently tried out this peach ice cream recipe from Taste of Home, and it was incredible. I had never made ice cream from home before, and this recipe was super easy to follow and it turned out amazing! It was also great that I had most of the necessary ingredients at home already.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments