Want to Stop the Next Mass Shooting? Arm More People.

By John Liu | USA

Between November 13-19, ten lives were lost by gunfire in Chicago, which marks 600 deaths in the city by homicide. This should be found bothersome for Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in America, and yet 600 lives were lost due to gun-related murders. Chicago is not the only city that has horrible crimes with strict gun laws. Baltimore also has one of the strictest gun laws in the US, but the crime rate has risen up by 13% from 2016 to 2017. That left a question, do gun laws really work?

The answer is no. Most of the mass shooting in the US is mostly in a gun free like the shooting in Las Vegas and Orlando that took in total 108 people. If people had the right to carry a gun to a concert or a mass event, then the likelihood of dying is much lower as you are able to protect yourself and the surrounding areas. In most cases, guns are actually used for good. The CDC found that 500,000 to 3 million guns are used for defense in 2013 and only 11,208 guns were used for homicide. That is why in states with the least amount of gun control ends up with the lowest homicide rate in the Nation like Wyoming, which ranked in the top six among the states in America.  If we get rid of guns altogether, then the problem is going to be the underground system where guns and other weapons will be sold like drugs in the 1990s. In this case, most of the guns will be brought by street gangs where they will use the guns to do harm and the citizen of America will be in danger because guns are not available to buy in stores.  But it is impossible to get rid of all guns as it is the right for Americans to own a gun, written in the second amendment, our founding fathers wrote it so we protect our family and our country.

But most importantly, it is not the guns that are causing the mass shooting, it is the people who have the will to attack and deliberately harm the people. We need to teach and educate people what not to do, to help people who in need, but most of all, need to teach people to be respectful and to be kind to one another. Good people will change this world, not more gun regulations.

So gun laws are not going help cities to resolve the homicide rate in Chicago or Baltimore. To educate and to help people understand how to become more human is the solution.