The Nation’s Response to Violence


President Barack Obama listens to a question during a Tumblr forum from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The ironic reality lies within the idea that the weapons we use to ensure our safety are now being used to threaten it. Guns, a controversy in America for decades, have finally revealed the true extent of their power in 2015. The mass shootings in both San Bernardino

Starting from the mass shootings in San Bernardino, where 14 people were shot and killed, to the Charleston Church shooting in South Carolina where 9 people were shot and killed, 2015 has seen more mass shootings than the amount of days in the year. This has more than ever caught the attention of the nation and President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday January 5th, Obama announced a new set of executive actions that would tighten the restrictions on both buying and selling guns. In this passionate speech, Obama was nearly driven to tears as he spoke of the merciless shooting at Sandy Hook. With acts of mass murder and shootings becoming more and more frequently around the US, the issue of gun control has developed into a very controversial topic – which it shouldn’t be. One of the main focal points in Obama’s speech was the “gun show loophole”, which zeroed in on private sellers who were not required to keep a formal sales record or perform detailed background checks. Working to expand the amount of background checks to make sure that felons and other unauthorized people are unable to acquire guns should come as common sense; however, this call to action has been met with a lot of opposition. Jeb Bush, a leading republican candidate in the presidential election, has responded directly to Obama’s plan stating that requiring background checks would infringe on the rights of someone “selling a gun out of their collection, a one off gun.” Clearly, Bush is ignorant of the numerous shootings plaguing our country, one of which was due to the current faulty background check system, which allowed a substance-controlling individual to acquire a gun and take the lives of 9 people in a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina. If Bush took into account the countless lives that have been unjustly lost, the damage that shooters have done to the rights of families and the victims themselves, he, along with others who share a similar mindset, would realize that the implementation of more background checks is not burdening, but beneficial. According to a Pew survey conducted in 2014, Republicans are twice as likely than Democrats to be members of a gun-owning household. This would most likely explain Bush’s opposition to Obama’s plan.

Overall, Obama’s protocols and responses to severe gun usage have proven to garner great attention from the nation as a whole. Such proposals of radical change have rallied both positive and negative responses. However, we strongly believe that this is a necessary measure, in response to all the misusages, whether they are mass-shootings or homicide, which would ensure the safety of America’s civilians. Such a grandiose law that would restrict a multitude of usages of guns would surely prove to maintain the safe usage of guns.