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Gun Violence in America: A Possible Solution?

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Last night I was shocked to read about Dallas policemen being fired upon. Five dead. Nine wounded. This shooting follows 2 separate instances this week alone of police shooting an unarmed man, in 2 separate locations in the country, and comes not even a month after the nightclub shooting in Orlando. Statistics show that, on the average there is more than one shooting per day in America.https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/04/22/how-many-mass-shootings-have-there-been-far/Njdb2kV2BRa6dYjh3Ii9GJ/story.html


Dallas' carnage shook me to my core because I lived in Dallas for a number of years. All of the streets and landmarks... I know them. I've walked them. Somehow, this shooting, happening in a city I once called home rattled me more than any other so far – even the Orlando shooting, so close to where my daughter used to live.


Every time such a sensational event makes the news, people in America unite, demanding better legislation and stricter gun control laws. Columnists write op-ed pieces about the madness of living in a country that is globally revered, but where one can die at the whim of any trigger-happy individual. Memorials are erected, candlelight vigils held, cries of 'No More!' echo around the nation...


Until the next event. And they're coming closer together.


“The right to bear arms”.


Gun rights are supposedly guaranteed in the Constitution. Many historians argue that the Second Amendment to the Constitution was not literally meant to assure each citizen the right to a gun. Rather, it reflected the country's lack of military force at that time, and the amendment was meant for citizens to be armed in case of war. I wrote about that in an article titled A Slap in the Face. http://blog.chinadaily.com.cn/blog-1372409-31815.html


The NRA – National Rifle Association, America's most powerful gun lobby group, staunchly avers that more guns are needed to stop people from shooting each other. They contend every citizen should be armed, so that everyone will be so afraid of being shot that no one will shoot first. That scenario has several names: Mexican standoff. Mutually assured destruction.


I fail to see the logic in it. How can more guns – more propensity to shoot, reduce violence?


One aspect of the NRA's assertion especially shows that fallacy. These gun proponents claim that a well-trained gun user will have the cool, level-headed mindset and shooting ability required to obliterate any rampaging maniac. This recent episode showed the exact opposite to be true. The intended targets were policemen – people who are trained to be cool and level-headed under fire, who undergo repeated drills to assure they can take out any foe, who must prove a certain level of proficiency in their shooting skills before they can even carry a gun and patrol the streets. Yet, amid the panic of officers being targeted, that shooter managed to elude these skilled marksmen throughout the ordeal. In fact, the police, in spite of their best efforts, could not get a lock on – or a shot to the individual shooting at them.


If the police cannot take out one maniac with a gun, what does that say for the quality of public safety in America? But that's another question altogether.


Most believe that gun control is the solution to gun violence in America. But every time the government takes steps toward any legislation that would limit or control guns, both the NRA and gun-loving citizens become outraged, citing infringement of constitutionally guaranteed rights. The Democrat's latest filibuster, in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting on June 16th, showed exactly how deadlocked the American government is on the issue of guns.


I think every American should have every type and make of gun s/he wants.


However, a law should be enacted that every household can have only 5 bullets, regardless of how many guns are registered to that home. I don't mean 5 bullets for every gun owned: 5 bullets, total. Should a bullet be fired, that person would have to account for it, as police officers do, before they can get a replacement bullet.


Here are some reasons why this form of violence control would work:


  • Gun enthusiasts insist their constitution guarantees them the right to have a gun – or, as many as they'd like, but it says nothing about ammunition. Thus this 'Bullet Law' would not infringe on Americans' constitutional rights.


  • Gun advocates and lobby groups emphasize that Americans need guns primarily for self protection and home defense. Would anyone need more than 5 bullets to protect one's home and family from an intruder? Thus this proposed law would not prevent anyone from defending their family or property.


  • Minimal ammunition would not permit mass shootings.


Hunters would have to become more proficient at shooting their quarry as they, too, would only get 5 shots, and would have to justify any replacement cartridges. Those who like to target practice could use 'blanks' or rubber bullets.


What do you think about this solution for gun violence in America?

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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-7-13 17:09
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it.
Reply Report SEARU 2016-7-13 18:34
Nuclear weapon is also a kind of gun, I wonder if American are free to carry it?
Reply Report yujiahui1 2016-7-13 20:17
reading your blogs is my huge enjoyment!
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-7-13 22:12
I guess most people think violence is the simplest way to solve a conflict or a problem .. With different thoughts and different people ..
It's hard to convince somebody with your words and sometimes even your action .. so that's why people figure out a way: Violence .. simple and quick ..
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-14 10:00
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it.
Thank you! I hope you found this topic interesting. Wish you all a great day!
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-14 10:02
SEARU: Nuclear weapon is also a kind of gun, I wonder if American are free to carry it?
  
But, now that you mention it: I wonder why none has suggested it!
However, possession of uranium needed to make the bomb is illegal, that is probably why there isn't such a weapon in everyone's yard.  
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-14 10:02
yujiahui1: reading your blogs is my huge enjoyment!
Such kind words! Thank you, my dear. Wish you a great day.
You've made mine great with your compliment.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-14 10:08
Dracarys: I guess most people think violence is the simplest way to solve a conflict or a problem .. With different thoughts and different people ..
It's hard  ...
"In a society where anything goes, eventually, everything will" is a saying i read a long time ago, and it seems true. As morality declines in the face of self-gratification, the act of killing is less a moral crime than a driving goal for those who are seized with the desire.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment. What do you think the solution to ending such violence is?
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-7-14 12:12
teamkrejados: "In a society where anything goes, eventually, everything will" is a saying i read a long time ago, and it seems true. As morality declines  ...
maybe religion is a good choice -
Reply Report SEARU 2016-7-14 21:22
teamkrejados:   
But, now that you mention it: I wonder why none has suggested it!
However, possession of uranium needed to make the bomb is illegal, that is  ...
It is terrible for civilian people to keep guns at home or carry weapons when they go out since that would make the society unsafe!  
(The word ‘gun’ sounds like what you would hear when you shoot a bullet that signals fighting or war and everyone feel nervous about it!)   
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-7-15 07:17
Five bullets in total. Someone will be unhappy.

Why not zero bullet for per gun?
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-15 09:48
SEARU: It is terrible for civilian people to keep guns at home or carry weapons when they go out since that would make the society unsafe!   
(The wor ...
I agree with you, but many in America get angry at the thought of not having a gun, many in my family included. Honestly, I don't understand it.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-15 09:49
AndrewCraven: Five bullets in total. Someone will be unhappy.

Why not zero bullet for per gun?
That takes us back to no guns, and once again the people would get angry.
In fact, I thought I was being generous offering 5 bullets. I really wanted to suggest only 3.  
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-15 09:51
Dracarys: maybe religion is a good choice -
I'm not so sure, my friend. Look at what religion has done in the Middle East. Besides, 96% of all Americans are religious - America is one of the most religious countries in the world, but they kill each other the most.
Reply Report Swifty55 2016-7-20 20:48
I think the best way to solve the gun problem in the USA is to adopt the Chinese way.No guns for the public it works fine here. I moved to China when I retired because I am safe.Can walk any street any city and China and not be bothered let alone shot. Whem the people of the USA wake up, if ever, they would realize this is the only answer.
Reply Report zhanggli2010 2016-7-23 23:07
Swifty55: I think the best way to solve the gun problem in the USA is to adopt the Chinese way.No guns for the public it works fine here. I moved to China when  ...
Right, this is the final and best solution: no gun for the public, each citizen, everybody. This is equal for everyone in terms of human rights.

Secondly, the American forefathers could amend the constitution to allow its people to hold a gun, why don't some of them like to revise the constitution by forbidding guns? The most obvious bloody cases showed and are still showing us no gun possession is the simplest and most effectively way for protecting all of its citizens, while allowing owning gun is by no means the solution to deterring or annihilating such carnages. Their dislike of giving up guns completely cannot be attributed to any other reasons but great interests.

I believe that one day, early or late, the American people will amend their sacred constitution to forbid gun ownership for the public.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-25 20:21
Swifty55: I think the best way to solve the gun problem in the USA is to adopt the Chinese way.No guns for the public it works fine here. I moved to China when  ...
I agree with you, Swifty: the public does not need guns. Or, if a gun is necessary, they should use only rubber bullets. But many in America do not think so. They believe it is their God-given right, supported by the constitution, to have a gun.
By the way: I moved to China for the same reason - safety. And every time I leave there, I'm appalled by the terror and violence other, supposedly civilized countries live with and accept.  
Thank for your your thoughtful comment. Wish you a great day.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2016-7-25 20:27
zhanggli2010: Right, this is the final and best solution: no gun for the public, each citizen, everybody. This is equal for everyone in terms of human rights.

Sec ...
I agree with you that guns are not necessary for social harmony and they work directly against human rights.
How could having a gun be a human right, anyway?
However, American legislators would be hard-pressed to amend the constitution. For one, so many citizens believe it is their right to have a gun. Removing their 'right' to a gun is believed to be a stripping of guaranteed rights.
Besides, guns are big business! Not just the making and selling of guns but the money gun lobbyists pour into political coffers to ensure that gun rights remain as they are. And that is the real reason that politicians are unwilling to change gun laws, even a little bit.
I suppose that, until American citizens stand up and say 'No More Gun Violence!' and willingly give up their guns, guns will be a prominent face on the landscape of American society.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment, dear. Wish you a great day!
Reply Report Swifty55 2016-7-27 15:25
Nice to know I am not alone.Thanks

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