Editorial: The Good of Guns
by Austin Yeung
Class of 2016
With many different cases of mass shootings and murders over the last century, many people have begun to question the rights to own and conceal legal firearms. The government should not create and enforce stricter gun control laws because guns can prevent crime, people would be unfairly punished and it could set a horrific precedent that could destroy all freedom in America.
Many people think that allowing legal guns on the street will increase crime rates, but in fact it is the opposite. The presence of a firearm scares away attackers before they can even strike. In a news article, John Stossel said, “we don’t often hear about the crimes stopped because would-be victims showed a gun and scared criminals away.” Stossel is saying is that most people have a wrong impression of legalized firearms because instead of causing more crime they can actually prevent it. He goes on to talk about a woman that could have saved many people from being murdered by a psychotic individual, but Texas gun laws did not allow her to carry a concealed firearm with her. This proves how being allowed to carry a firearm can actually save many lives rather than destroying them.
Another misconception is that guns kill people and if we did not have guns then mass murders and such would not happen. The truth is that behind every trigger is a human finger and behind that is a human brain controlling it. The common denominator is that it is humans who are the ones causing all the violence. It has been proved that, “certain persons with mental illness undoubtedly commit violent acts. Reports argue that mental illness might even be underdiagnosed in people who commit random school shootings.” Guns are not what is at fault but humans are. Guns are inanimate objects that cannot do anything without the action of something else. There needs to be an outside force acting upon it to function; that force is a human.
Lastly, the right to bear arms is protected by the second amendment of the United States Constitution. It is not something that should be disagreed with because, “Gun ownership is an American tradition older than the country itself and is protected by the Second Amendment.” It is something that would upset many Americans if their right was taken away. More importantly, it could set a precedent to revoke other amendments. The second amendment is in the bill of rights which is the most important amendments in the entire Constitution. If one of the first amendments were to be changed it would be as if the entirety of the bill of rights was compromised because the bill of rights are unalienable rights that cannot be taken away. No right or amendment would be safe because a precedent would be set showing that an amendment means nothing to the government.
Guns are not “evil” like many people claim them to be. Humans should be at fault because without them a gun cannot function. Making stricter gun laws would upset many innocent individuals, make crime rate increase and set brutal precedent for the american people. Guns should be legal just like it was when the United States were first founded.
Austin Yeung is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition.