A call to arms: the US needs restrictions on guns


Freedom is the philosophical backbone of American politics. It is the foundation upon which our nation was built and the primary mode of ensuring its survival.

Let me briefly acknowledge that while our rights as citizens are largely protected and endorsed, this protection is greatly limited, especially in the perpetual inequality among minorities and women.

These discrepancies in our freedom, however, are not the focus of this article.

In fact, I am proposing the imperative need for certain freedoms to be limited in order to guarantee our safety as citizens of the United States.

While it is undoubtedly true that our supposed “unwavering” freedom is challenged as previously mentioned, our amendment rights are more frequently protected because of precedent and are therefore a topic of controversy when challenged, even for a good reason. The First Amendment, allowing our freedom of speech, for example, is the means by which I am able to right this article without being condemned for treason. While these rights are undeniably important as free citizens of the United States, the Second Amendment allowing citizens to bear arms may need to be reconsidered or even eradicated.

Gun control has been a hot topic, especially recently, as the number of school and public shootings have risen exponentially. Shockingly, these shootings are not committed by people who suffer from mental illness. In fact, only a small portion of people with mental illness commit violent acts.

Therefore, mental illness cannot be a viable reason for violence involving guns to take place. It is more so a result of the people’s freedom to own and operate guns.

The deadliest school shooting in U.S history occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, 2012.

Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children, six adult staff members, in addition to his own mother. The shooting made people think twice about the ease with which Americans can own and operate firearms. It shocked the nation and sparked a frenzy of gun control advocacy groups.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group, there have been 74 school shootings since this fatal mass murder in Newtown, CT. President Obama used this statistic in an interview with Tumblr CEO, David Karp when he referenced the number of shootings being roughly per week since the horrible attack.

Obama claimed in this interview “we’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens.”

In New York State, (excluding New York City) state law does not require a hunting license or a permit to own or possess a long gun or pistol. New York is considered one of the stricter states concerning gun regulation laws.

While school shootings are statistically rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 81,300 nonfatal injuries and 31,672 deaths every year involving guns. That means there are about 308 shootings and 86 deaths every day because of guns. These statistics are far more telling and obviously less rare than the still alarmingly high rate of school shootings.

The political debate over gun regulation laws makes it seem as though there is limited hope for an increase in the regulation of firearms without the eradication of the Second Amendment. However, perhaps we as American citizens need more than small regulatory state laws to combat the immensity of gun violence in the United States. Are our Second Amendment rights more important than the safety of the American people? Wouldn’t you do anything to prevent another Newtown school shooting?

It seems to me to be a simple and stupidly obvious answer. What good can come of owning and operating a weapon designed to kill? Let us rethink the importance of bearing arms and promote the necessity to ensure the safety of American citizens.


  1. You’ve repeated several egregious claims by Bloomberg’s groups, all of which have been thoroughly debunked. Three stand out. Your statement that “mental illness cannot be a viable reason for violence involving guns” seems to deny the fact that every recent mass shooting has been carried out by a seriously deranged person, usually well known to the psychiatric community. You also repeated the point that “there have been 74 school shootings since this fatal mass murder in Newtown” but a number of media debunked this claim immediately after Everytown claimed it. Even CNN found only 15 of those actually met the criteria of such an incident. Your statement that “there are approximately…31,672 deaths every year involving guns” stops short even though you clarified that 60% (19,392) use firearms to take their own lives annually. Two points are missing. Most of the remaining 13,537 fatalities are caused by gangs, murderers and law officers. And a few are caused by individuals who defend themselves. Regarding self-defense, here’s a quote from CNS News: “The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released the results of their research through the CDC last month. Researchers compiled data from previous studies in order to guide future research on gun violence, noting that “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”

    But all of this discussion is caused by opposing political factions that often miss the underpinning. America suffers with many freedoms other nations surrendered over the years due to the wisdom of our Constitution and their absence of one. Many of those nations have been protected by Americans precisely because we retained our Constitution and they didn’t. America used to be labeled as “exceptional” but that was before leftists besmirched the term. Leftists never mention the fact that over the past 40 years, the number of fatal firearm accidents involving children aged 0-14 declined 90 percent while the supply of firearms tripled. American heritage aside, the simple fact is Americans are fed up with standing idle while nuts and felons waltz into their lives, harm their families, take what they want and stroll away unpursued. They’re sick of watching the public school system constantly hammer that when confronted by a nut or felon, the best action is to run and hide in a closet. On the other hand, conservatives wonder why public school pupils are forced to attend at the point of a gun but refused protection with equivalent force. Leftists hope to have their way with firearms, making everyone feel as they do. But most people know it’s time for a little more freedom, particularly where it concerns their families and the right to life. Comparatively, in Australia, since the epic 1996 confiscation, countrywide, homicides are up 3.2 percent; Assaults are up 8.6 percent and armed robberies have climbed nearly 45 percent. In the Australian state of Victoria, gun homicides have climbed 300 percent.

  2. New York State does not require a permit to own or possess a pistol? What have you been smoking? Of course New York State requires a permit to own a pistol. This is just an example of the misinformation being spread about guns. Anti gun people either really don’t know the facts or just plain lie. As for her ending statement: “What good can come of owning and operating a weapon designed to kill?” I’ll tell you what good they are, they just might keep me from being killed by someone or multiple someone’s bigger, stronger, faster and intent on doing harm to me or my family. Some of us believe in the right to defend ourselves and we’d prefer we didn’t have to resort to a can of wasp spray or golf club.

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