Gun violence and how to stop it.
As someone from a country where mass shootings are very rare and yet is ranked 10th place in “Estimate of civilian firearms per 100 persons” (USA #1) I have an outsiders opinion on why America is failing their citizens. My take on Gun violence and how to stop it.
1st Reason in my opinion is the culture over all. This of course varies greatly state by state and city by city in America, but mostly American culture seems quite self centered (everyone for themselves even with the cost of others. blaming others for your own faults etc.) and violence focused problem solving ideologies like good guy with a gun. This causes problems that could be solved by taking a different approach to healthcare (especially mental healthcare and it’s availability) and other people around you. When you have healthy and educated people around you, the social problems that lead to gun violence reduce. (worth noting that economic stability allows those 2 things to flourish).
American culture is also very divided to “Us vs Them” thinking where people tend to dehumanize their opposition to only represent the problems they see in them, thus lowering the bar for using violence against them.
2nd Reason for high gun violence is the availability of guns. One of the problems is that states vary their approach to guns and regulating interstate gun trafficking is hard. Also the amount of illegal guns already on the market makes it difficult to lower the availability of guns in any fast schedule.
There are also many other problems and topics that relate to gun violence.
But these 2 problems seem to be the biggest ones in my eyes as someone looking the problem from outside on gun violence and how to stop it.
I see the need to own a gun for self-defense when most of the bad guys also have a gun and the USA police department country wide doesn’t have the best and most reliable image. In this way the USA also differs from other first world countries and makes it a more difficult environment to reduce gun violence.
Solutions, there are no instant silver bullet solutions but these have worked in every other country in the world:
1st improve your country’s living standards and address your social and cultural problems. Reduce hate in your communities, improve your law enforcement to be more reliable and trustworthy so you would not need guns for self defense.
2nd start regulating more strictly your supply of guns, for either everyone or just new gun owners (super slow but will still in the end bring results). it takes many years to take effect against people who truly seek to acquire guns for illegal purposes as there are so many guns already floating around. Yes this process will inconvenience honest people, but it absolutely will reduce the amount of guns that end up in the wrong hands. Better start fixing the problem later than never.
1 idea I have heard was to require people who own guns and people who are on waiting period to be allowed to buy guns to join a well regulated militia either organized by the state or by the gun owners themselves. These militias would be quite small and hold regular meetings/trainings thus creating at least 1 social circle for gun owners. This also allows the gun community to watch over others who are trying to acquire a gun for possible red flags. This idea of course has lots of problems and is not “bullet proof” (nothing really is) but it’s something that imo could combine both solutions before the other solutions can be developed on their own to match the task at hand.
PS. I’d love to own a .50 cal Beowulf rifle, but it’s illegal in my country, but at least I nor any of my friends did not die in a school shooting. check out my other posts on my blog or if you have something to add tag me on twitter.