Tougher gun laws needed to en­sure cit­i­zen safety

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION - JES­SICA LAWS

If you’re like me, your head is still spin­ning from the tragic events that oc­curred only a week ago.

Las Ve­gas and North Amer­ica as a whole is still con­tin­u­ing to try and heal from the hor­rific mass mur­der of in­no­cent lives.

Per­haps it’s be­cause I had some­one I care for va­ca­tion­ing in Ve­gas with her sis­ter at the time of the shoot­ing that I’ve yet to calm down from this dis­as­ter.

I’m amazed and, yet, not overly sur­prised we still have no real an­swers as to why Stephen Pad­dock com­mit­ted such a heinous crime.

How­ever, as time con­tin­ues to pass it be­comes clear Pad­dock had planned, prac­tised and strate­gized his at­tack in or­der to com­mit a mass mur­der that would go down in his­tory.

It seems un­real and im­prac­ti­cal the United States govern­ment and each state haven’t started shift­ing talks to­ward stricter gun laws.

With Pad­dock’s “clean” his­tory and lack of crim­i­nal record a stricter gun law wouldn’t have nec­es­sar­ily pre­vented this mass mur­der and shoot­ing and his abil­ity to in­jure 500 more.

It seems there is al­most no in­di­ca­tion about th­ese sick peo­ple who’ve de­cided to com­mit th­ese crimes.

They have in­ter­nal demons they fight that they don’t let the out­side world know about un­til they ac­tu­ally ex­plode with what­ever they’ve been fight­ing.

But per­haps study­ing peo­ple’s psy­che, do­ing home­work into their fi­nan­cial his­tory and how they’ve dealt with down­falls and up­ward trends, as well as look­ing into their af­fil­i­a­tions with par­tic­u­lar groups, is where the United States and even Canada needs to put more en­ergy into when it comes to stricter gun pol­icy.

If you want to pur­chase a gun then you should have more hoops to go through, more ex­pla­na­tions than for “safety” or be­cause it’s my “right” should be given and there should be no flack given know­ing the govern­ment is try­ing to pro­tect against th­ese mass mur­ders and sense­less killings.

Af­ter all, guns can’t phys­i­cally shoot peo­ple, peo­ple kill peo­ple us­ing guns whether be­cause they don’t know how to prop­erly han­dle them, be­cause they are be­ing vin­dic­tive or, as is the case with the Las Ve­gas shoot­ing, they strate­gized and planned to kill.

Amer­i­cans con­stantly lean on their right to own a gun; how­ever, the Con­sti­tu­tion was writ­ten dur­ing a time when chang­ing a bul­let in a gun would have taken min­utes if not com­pletely well trained, now peo­ple have ac­cess to guns that can be al­tered into au­to­matic weapons at their dis­posal for “pro­tec­tion” be­cause their Sec­ond Amend­ment dic­tates it.

Then you have or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (NRA) that de­fends the con­sti­tu­tional rights of gun own­ers and who will not con­done the use of bump stocks like the one Pad­dock used to turn a semi­au­to­matic gun into au­to­matic.

While adding a bump stock isn’t the only way to mod­ify a gun and turn it into an au­to­matic the NRA is a semi-re­spected or­ga­ni­za­tion plenty of Amer­i­cans look up to and it should have had a tougher stance than what it did.

But af­ter such a tragedy and af­ter all the pre­vi­ous men­tion­ing of tougher gun laws you’d think that the ad­min­is­tra­tion would start the process to elim­i­nate such sense­less loss.

I for one be­lieve that the gov­ern­ments of both Canada and the United States take an oath to pro­tect their ci­ti­zens and to cer­tify our safety and that means gun use and gun avail­abil­ity is some­thing that they need to spend more time look­ing into, es­pe­cially when times like th­ese arise.

Wait­ing to start the process of look­ing into th­ese in­ci­dents and start the con­ver­sa­tion on mak­ing tougher gun laws and stricter gun poli­cies is only al­low­ing for fu­ture events to have the same fate as Las Ve­gas.

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