Without Gun Control, We Are All More Anxious
Gun control is a hot topic. When online, I generally avoid political discussions. Because so many of them are so prone to devolve into toxic shouting matches, I find it healthier to stay away. Today, however, I’m diving in headfirst. The country is still reeling in the aftermath of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, and quite frankly, I’m pissed off. Once again, a certain segment of the population is refusing to budge on any meaningful discussion concerning gun control, and I’m just sick of it. If we don’t have meaningful action on gun control, this country is going to drown in anxiety.
Avoiding Gun Control
Conservatives are again deflecting the conversation away from guns and attempting to find another scapegoat for mass shootings. Amazingly, the President himself tried blaming video games, which is an argument that’s fallen flat on its face since moral zealots first attempted it after the 1999 Columbine massacre. Thankfully there are few people taking that argument seriously.1
There isn’t time nor space for an in-depth summary of the issue, so I’ll just make the salient points and leave it there. The reasons for this epidemic of gun violence are our obsession with guns, our lax gun laws, and our inability to legislate responsibly. If you have a different opinion, not only are you objectively wrong, you’re also part of the problem.
Why Lack of Gun Control Causes Anxiety
Recently, on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah highlighted a side effect of the gun epidemic that isn’t often talked about. Because mass shootings can now basically happen anywhere, the entire country is on a heightened state of alert at all times.2
How is this a healthy way to live? Living in constant fear that any man (it’s always a man) you pass on the street could shoot you dead in an instant? Who, honestly, wants to live in such a world? But that’s the environment we’ve created for ourselves. For people with anxiety, it’s a nightmare – but honestly, it doesn’t matter your mental health status, it’s a nightmare any way you look at it. I guarantee you more Americans will be diagnosed with anxiety disorders in the wake of these tragedies.
Given all that, we have to take a step back and ask ourselves: is it worth it? Is this nightmare scenario we’ve all collectively gone along with really worth it? Is owning a gun so essential to the fabric of our society that it’s worth continuing to live in this nightmare hellscape for even one more day? If you said yes, again, you’re objectively wrong.
The preamble to the Constitution enshrines the insurance of domestic tranquility as tantamount to the existence of the United States. Common sense more than reaffirms that declaration. If we do not pass gun control immediately, we will not be insured of domestic tranquility – honestly, the collective mental health of our nation will continue to deteriorate. And I refuse to stand idly by and watch that happen.
- Miller, G., "Dear President Trump: Video Games Are So Much More Than 'Violent'." Newsweek, August 9, 2019.
- Noah, T., "America's Mass Shooting PTSD - Between the Scenes." The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, August 8, 2019.
DeSalvo, T. (2019, August 21). Without Gun Control, We Are All More Anxious, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 22 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2019/8/without-gun-control-we-are-all-more-anxious
Author: TJ DeSalvo
Yes, New Zealand has passed new laws with a buy-back. According to New Zealand government sources, thousands have been turned in over the last two months. However, there were 1.5 million registered firearms in New Zealand. Now, guns are illegal, yet most citizens who previously owned them still do. Less than 10% have turned in their guns.
Every country has problems. We currently are the safest country in the world. Take Hong Kong for example, they are being oppressed and attacked by the Communist Chinese government. They don't have anything to protect themselves with. Every day, protesters are waving American flags and demanding rights like we have here. Without guns, they can be controlled with no ability to defend themselves from the government and government-controlled police who have all of the guns and deadly weapons.
I'm sorry, but if you're not seeing the point here, then we're going to have to agree to disagree on this - I really have no desire to escalate this any further.
By adding gun laws, the main people who get gun access restricted from them are law-abiding citizens. In Pittsburgh, the local police department did a study on this with the University of Pittsburgh. They analyzed about 900 guns recovered from crimes in 2016 and found that approximately eighty percent of those were not legally those of the person involved in the crime. This rate will likely grow even higher if we ban handguns. The only result of banning guns is the removal of guns from law-abiding citizens. People who want to do wrong with the guns will still find ways to get the guns and do what they wish with said guns; the only difference between now and this hypothetical is that there will be nothing of similar power to stop them. Let's take a school for example. If someone for whatever reason decides to shoot up a school, they will likely try to get their hands on a gun in whatever way possible. Outlawing guns will not stop this, just like drugs, illegal sale and ownership will still happen. The shootings will only become more deadly, because there will be nothing to stop them. You think some rubber balls to throw at a shooter will stop them? No. Not as well as armed campus security will. If we have armed guards at schools and everyone knows it, shooting attempts will be few and far between. Even attempts that do happen will be much lower in casualties, most likely with the shooter as the only one.
So, if proposed laws are about stopping shootings, this is a much easier, more cost-effective, and logical solution.