In a country where 25 million households contain firearms and 10,000 people die annually from hand guns, it's safe to say America truly is land of the gun. The mass shooting massacre in Orlando is just tragic on so many levels and the call for change in gun culture is rampant now more than ever. People die from guns daily, though the small shootings are rarely in the news.
We can try to find a compromise that satisfies everyone but as long as there are guns in the world, there is a chance that they will be used. This is why I say, out with all the guns. Is this a ridiculous viewpoint? Probably. But maybe what this country needs is a little extremism, a bit of dreaming. Dreamers never hurt anyone. MLK dreamed. Gandhi dreamed. Rudy Ruettiger dreamed. Don't blame those who dream big for the problems of the world. Is more gun control or gun elimination the appropriate answer to saving lives?
We can keep arguing over whether the blame should be on guns or people as the reason for homicide deaths, but ultimately, completely innocent human beings are being robbed of their future, no matter if it's a child at Sandyhook, a gay young adult, or any other kind of person. Suffice to say that both guns and people play a part in homicide deaths. However, I would rather get rid of guns than get rid of people.
More strict gun control laws may mean fewer deaths but that's not a solution. Fewer deaths are still deaths. That's why I now reject this middle ground argument. Gun lovers try to rationalize instances when it's acceptable to have a gun or fire a gun and pro gun control folks routinely bring up countries that have lower rates of gun violence such as Australia and Canada among others. My problem with more gun control is that even in those countries, people get shot and die. Talk about control; control over what? I actually agree with opponents of more gun "control" when they claim that if people want to kill with a gun, they will find a way to make that happen.
But why settle for fewer deaths from firearms when you could settle for none?
You can talk again and again about how unrealistic a gun-free country would be and how unlikely it is that we would ever reach that kind of world, but if every gun is destroyed, how can people possibly die from guns? Guns were built for one purpose: to kill (or to injure) people or animals for game. If no one possesses this lethal weapon, what are killers going to use, a bow and arrow? Let's destroy those and whatever weapons are next on the accessible list, too.
I predict that if not in 100 years, maybe 1,000 years, people are going to look back at 2016 and wonder to themselves how we ever continued to defend guns for so long. I won't live to see it, but I can still dream. Because I'm a world citizen first, American citizen second; I look at the human race as one big family that doesn't always get along. I can't encourage shooting others with guns because it means killing my own kind. Social activist Joan Baez explains it perfectly, "The pacifist thinks there is only one tribe. Three billion members. They come first. We think killing any member of the family is a dumb idea. We think there are more decent and intelligent ways of settling differences."
I also don't buy into the self-defense argument anymore because it reflects a lifestyle revolving around fear. We already live in enough fear. We fear getting mugged at night. We fear getting hurt or abused. We fear terrorism. We fear that someone will break into our homes and force us to blow them to smithereens with our assault rifles, pistols, shotguns, or what have you. Some even fear they won't get a 4.0 gpa - oh, the horror! No firearm is any less violent than the next so abolish all guns. Change the constitution, throw away the guns, and let's figure out a way to make it happen.
Call me naive, call me crazy, call me unrealistic and uncompromising, call me ignoramus and idiotic, call me un-American. Just don't call me violent.