The Real Issue behind Guns

By Guy Eckman

Of the many political issues at stake for President Obama’s second term, gun control is near the top of the priority list. Simply put, there is much polarization amongst Americans, in addition to our media outlets.

Today we were fortunate to have to opportunity the listen to C-SPAN fonder and CEO, Brian Lamb. Mr. Lamb being the founder of C-SPAN took it upon himself to host a discussion, turned debate on the issue of gun control and violence.

C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb

C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb
Photo by Noelle Smith

After nearly two hours of sitting with 400 other students and hearing the vast array of personal opinion statements on why gun control is good or bad, the debate ended. As you can imagine, this was a heated debate, but what was I or anyone else able to take away from our debate?

NOTHING

There is little to say, other than that I heard over and over again why guns for some people would make their lives better or worse, and quite frankly, I don’t care, nor does it matter, keeping our perspective on a national scale. Few are willing to budge on their stance regarding gun control. I now understand and respect why our political leaders in Congress and the House of Representatives have such difficulty when debating wedge issues such as gun control, in hopes of finding bipartisanship.

Many of the 400 students raised their hands when asked whether they grew up in a home with a gun, in addition to having shot or held a gun. This brings me to my next point: Responsibility and respect for guns. They’re are approximately 300,000,000 guns in circulation in our nation. Of that rather large number, nearly 90,000,000 (30%) are not stored away properly in a safe, allowing for easy access. Dysfunctional homes in our country are an issue, as greater parental leadership is needed.

This isn’t a political issue, this is a societal, and cultural issue. Nothing President Obama says or does will stop gun violence. We are a violent nation, and resort to methods that provide advantages when looking to protection of loved ones, and property. Confiscating 300,000,000 guns is inconceivable, let alone confiscating the unregistered older guns. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and to many, guns offer an advantage, and a sense of greater power. In the case of mental illness, there is no easy answer. Parents, friends, and those that sell guns need to do all they can to prevent those with mental illness from gaining access of weapons. One method may be background checks, which can and need to be improved. Laws will be passed only to be broken by those in desperation. Gun violence has and will continue to be one of this nations unfortunate issues.

While you may not care for my opinion as I didn’t towards many in our debate, I feel as strongly about this issue as you do.

What are your views regarding governments role in gun violence and regulation? Please vote, and share your thoughts below!

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