Gun violence in America

Diane DeVillers
Posted July 24, 2015 from United States

I can no longer hold back my opinion about how much our country needs fair gun control. I think that mentally ill people should not own a gun. Look to the news, at just another gun incident in a movie theatre, really? Americans, why do you still stand by and allow these massacres to go on.

Now I know gun owners hackles will go up, but please read the rest of my post before you hit me back with your “gun loving” answer. I think the only people who really need guns are women; we are physically weaker than men, men are bigger and stronger and should be able to defend themselves. With that said, I still would never buy a gun. My father and his father (both who fought in wars and are Veterans) never ever had guns in our house while I grew up. They never hunted either. I am not so afraid of what “Might” happen to me that I would ever have a gun in my house. The only people I am afraid of are people who own guns. What are they so afraid of? Don’t they know that having a gun in the house increases the chance of someone using it? Using the gun out of anger. Or if the house has kids, one of those kids could get a hold of it.

I know gun owners believe it’s their right to have guns. I don’t want to take your guns away. But I am a grown woman and I have never considered getting a gun. So what are you so afraid of? Whenever politicians want to pass gun laws, gun owners have a cow about “its their right to own one”.

But passing laws that will not only discourage but forbid someone with mental illness to have a gun is the right thing to do. How many more white males, usually in their 20’s,decide they are having a bad day, that they go and shoot up schools, movie houses and threaten other people. To go into a school of defenseless children and shoot away takes a coward and someone with hate in their hearts. How many bullets should these unstable cowards be allowed to buy? Does someone really need a semi-automatic rifle? How many more gun incidents have to happen before they pass more restrictive gun laws?

I ask you how many gun owners are afraid that they are perhaps mentally ill themselves, and are afraid they will lose their guns if mentally ill people are forbidden to buy guns? But that’s the point mentally ill people shouldn’t be able to have guns. They don’t have the right to own a gun in my opinion and more people are beginning to believe it too.

Can’t the world try to solve their personal problems with other solutions other than grabbing a gun and shooting someone? Like counseling, practicing mindfulness, getting involved with their community instead of sitting at home fuming over their own place in the world, caused by themselves. If these cowards end up shooting themselves after killing people, why didn’t they just commit suicide before it came to killing innocent people? Cowards all of them. And lets discuss why these usually white, 20 something, males are so mad. Do you think its because the days of white male privilege is over, and that they have to share the world with more people of color and with women? None of these men had a girlfriend, had a job, or had positive human interactions. They were all mentally ill, that’s what mentally ill people do, they lash out at innocent people all to make themselves feel more powerful. I wish that the day they went to kill people they would have just shot themselves and rid themselves of their private pain and it would have solved the problem. But they wanted so badly to inflict pain on someone else. Why?

As a people we should be evolving, we should be finding solutions to our problems other than having a gun and killing someone. And over what, protecting ourselves from thieves, do you own anything so precious that it is worth using deadly force if someone tries to rob you? It’s such an old outdated solution to pick up a gun and shoot someone.

Then I see the guy outside a army recruiting center with a shotgun slung across his chest, standing guard over the center. Like all we need are more people having guns in public. A gun that could be taken away from him and used against other people?

So all I am asking is why not leave your gun at home, or at least don’t display it in public. It’s offensive and really unnecessary. Why are you so afraid, that you think you need a gun? And are you afraid that if laws prohibit people with mental illness to buy or have a gun, that you will be deemed mentally ill? Is that why you are so dead set against gun control? I am so glad that Oregonian legislators passed gun control and that if a man beats his wife, which shows he has no control over his emotions, that he won’t be able to buy a gun. Men with domestic violence on their records will not be able to own a gun? How can you find fault with that? That would protect your mother, sister or your own daughter. I say, bravo Oregon, it’s about time. It’s not the wild, Wild West anymore. People shouldn’t take the law into their own hands. People should learn to stand down and calm any violence that is in their hearts. Humans need to find solutions other than picking up a gun. Nowhere else in the world are these mass shooting taking place, and it’s because other countries have fair gun control. When women die from gun shot, that in most cases it’s her own husband or male mate that killed her? It takes a real man to pick up a gun and shoot a woman or a child. If you want to live in a world of guns why not join the military and get your gun off the streets of America.

Many of these mad men don’t like the fact that people of color and women are starting to gain rights and power in our society. If that bothers you, tough, it’s taken way to long for women to finally be represented and viewed as a valid human being with rights that men have had for centuries. The days of white male privilege are over and I say bring it on. I am certain that all the increase in hate groups all over America were caused by the hate it created when our President Obama came into office. Oh just look at all the haters out there, pissed off, all due to the fact that our President is black.

Look within your heart and you know I am right. It makes me wonder about how much hate will come when the first woman President is elected. Haters going to hate, well, keep your hate to yourself. There is no place for hate in this world.

All these angry, young white men are feeling left out, for women are liberated and don’t want to have anything to do with these men. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate hate hate…. What can we do to stop all this hate? It’s by opening our hearts and minds to other people no matter what their color, religion or sex. Isn’t that what all the world’s religions tell us?

There will always be unfairness in this world. So where is the outrage for women, who still make 76 cents on the dollar that men make doing the same job? Instead of raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars, lets give women the increase. I worked so hard all my life and made 76 cents on the dollar, now that I am retired, I made that much less in social security. Do you think that is fair? Life is full of disappointments and unfairness, but the solution isn’t to take out a gun and get even.

Cowards every one of them? Why so much hate in their hearts? None of the victims deserved to be shot. All of the cowards shouldn’t have access to guns? I am not saying take away all guns, but run their name through a criminal history base, before giving someone a gun.

So next time you take to the blogs defending your right to have a gun, just take a moment to answer the question, what are you so afraid of??

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