By Allison Johnson
Blog Content Contributor
Fact: Not everyone who wants stricter gun control is out to take away everyone’s guns.
Now, since we got that out of the way this conversation will be easier to have. From an observation of conversations on media and my peers, this is what people who lean left want when they say gun control: stricter background checks, with an emphasis on mental health and abusive pasts. Now this is what I’m observing from the right side of the spectrum: “those regulations are going to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to get guns.” So you’re calling people with multiple assault charges law-abiding citizens?
These cases are severe y’all. You shouldn’t have a gun if you fractured your own infant’s head. I highly recommend reading up on how domestic-violence does in fact have a correlation with American mass shooters. Again, for your argument of “this would make it harder for law abiding citizens to get guns,” I’m sure law-abiding citizens with good mental health aren’t shooting people. It’s violent individuals who are sick in the head.
I go to school with people who are extremely open about their mental health disintegrating. As much as I understand and feel the stress that students are going through, constantly broadcasting your uncontrollable anxiety makes me feel like you do not need a gun. At least not till your mental health has improved.
Now, if you’re a conservative, why not make it harder for people with mental illnesses to buy a gun? If I’m correct, every time a white male is in the news for a mass shooting, the narrative is that he is a mentally-ill man. I agree. Now there could be a political motive, but obviously, these guys have lost a few marbles. These men are mentally-ill. These guys should not be able to go to Academy and buy guns.
For people that use ISIS as a motive to kill, I pray our president seeks advising for a regulation that would cause us to see less of this. I can’t imagine being Muslim in a country where many want to see them banned. I don’t think banning is the right course of action to take since our country should stand for proudly being a diverse one.
But for the narrative for an American mass shooter? This conversation should be much simpler to have. Background checks needs to get stricter. It shouldn’t be so easy to buy from gun shows. We need people who sell guns to hold themselves more accountable for who they are selling to. Obviously not everything is foreseeable, but when things like severe cases of domestic violence or being mentally-ill are characteristics of a buyer, they should not have to sell them a gun at all.
Remember, the next time this happens on American soil by an American, the narrative will be that they are mentally-ill and abusive. So you know what? Think about how we need change. Those evil people find power in their guns. We simply need a change in gun control so we can take this power out of their hands, and so we can save lives. Unfortunately for most, it’s going to take a situation like this to hit too close to home to want change. Whether it’s in their hometown, affects them or a close loved one.
Featured illustration by Melissa Monrroy.