As I look around the world today I see a lot of fighting and pain. There are times when people argue that it is very binary. There are two sides. One has to be right and the other has to be wrong. There is no middle ground. People get offended and angry at the side that isn't theirs. I don't know where this thought process stemmed from, and I think it's been around since the beginning of time, but it has become more prevalent in recent years. This discussion may spark some emotions from people, maybe not, but I will be talking about some controversial things. So if you are soft of heart, or are one of those people who have binary thinking, I suggest you either divert your eyes, or at least have an open mind.
Gun control. This topic is one of the reasons this website even exists. People debate about gun control constantly and more debating is going on than actual action. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, gun violence is actually going down- but that's not the point. The point is, there is still violence. There's still homicides. There always will be killers out there because we do not live in a perfect world. People need to accept that we can't live peacefully, ever. We can only do the closest thing. Live.
I believe that guns are protection. I also believe that guns are made for harming others. How do we decide where to stand on the issue of controlling them if the guns themselves can be used as the main point of an argument on both sides? We use guns vs guns. Switzerland is a fantastic example of what I mean. This is a gun control debate forum so I'm sure a lot of you know what I mean. Almost every household in Switzerland owns a gun. If a robber wants to go rob a household in Switzerland, he's probably going to rob a household with a gun in it. Why would he do that? He won't, that's the point. Unless he's got some massive nerve. If he went and robbed a weaponless house with his own gun, he has the upper hand. He can shoot them, and steal. He can threaten them with the gun and steal. His chances of getting away with it are much higher. That, is fighting guns with guns, which in my opinion, is exactly what the American culture needs.
Now I'm sure a lot of people are concerned about the wrong household having a gun. This is something about gun control that I lean left on (if we're going to get political.) That's where I believe we need heavier background checks, and a check on a household's mental health and financial stability every six months. A lot of the mass shootings (which takes up 2% of gun violence) are caused by the wrong people getting their hands on somebody else's gun. I believe we should have household background checks instead of single person background checks.
Tell me what you think. I want people to get together and share common ground and brainstorm problem fixers. Both sides need to get together and act like adults (or at least pretend to.) If you already stand in between, that's perfect. Come up with some ideas to help the world!