Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary which took the lives of 26 people including 20 children people have been all over the media screaming for stricter gun laws. I get the point people are trying to make, but I honestly believe that no matter how much we restrict the sales and regulate the use of firearms there will still be evil people in the world that will find new ways to hurt the innocent.
In the midst of this horrific event Japan has basically bashed the United States over its gun laws. Japan is known for having really strict gun laws and has next to no gun related deaths per year, but back in 2001 a school janitor walked through a school with a knife stabbing 29 people and killing 8 children between the ages of 7 and 8.
In China, which also has very strict gun laws, there was a similar incident that happened the same day as the Conn. shooting. A 36 year old man walked into an elementary school with a knife and began to cut down small children. He was able to attack 22 children before he was finally taken down. None of the 22 kids were killed, but this just goes to show that people will find ways to inflict harm.
Do we need to change some of our laws regarding guns? Probably. Will that ensure that small kids won’t be killed? Unlikely. I wish I had the answers we are looking for here, but I don’t. I am not even sure if there are answers anymore. It seems like people brush important law reforms under the rug till something like this happens and then every politician is on TV telling us we need changes.
I agree that we need changes, but we need to start with the people and not the guns. In Canada 1 out of every 4 people own a firearm and yet the in recent years the death by firearm total is only in the low hundreds. In the United States we average almost 30 thousand gun related deaths a year. This tells me guns and laws aren’t the problem, its the people holding the guns.