When Dylann Roof, the suspect of the Charleston church shooting in South Carolina, confessed of killing the nine people in order to start a race war, it became evident that there is something wrong with this world.
According to the family members of Roof, it is highly likely that the 21-year-old had bought the gun he used for the event with the money that he had received from his family on his birthday. A .45-Caliber Glock handgun is what is said to have been the weapon used. As of this moment, who exactly assisted him in his purchase and where he bought the gun is unclear. This event has shined a light on the subject of gun laws and whether or not the laws that currently exist are up to the mark or not.
In my opinion, the stricter the gun laws are the better it will be for the country and even the world. In my belief it is necessary that when it comes to gun laws, the government should make laws that are effective for the entire country and not a single or a few states. If a gun can be purchased freely from even a single state in the country, transporting it from one state to another shouldn’t be the most difficult thing to pull off. This is part of the reason why a universal gun law is essential. The debate of gun laws first struck when there was a shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012, and ever since then the question of guns has been doing the rounds on and off in the social world. Yes, people should be able to buy and keep guns in their houses and for safety, which given the current state, is not happening since guns are now being used more for offensive purposes rather than anything defensive.
Can there really be nothing done? After all of those innocent lives were lost? The focus, in a way, is not only the fact that some 21-year-old killed nine people in a church, but also the debate about how someone gathers the courage to pull the trigger on innocent people who never really did any harm to anyone.
It is true that guns do not kill people, people kill people, but that doesn’t make guns any less harmful. There are infinite items that can be used as a weapon, but guns are meant to be a weapon designed to do harmful damage and most likely kill. So what is it that disturbs people so much that they don’t even need to think twice before they go and buy an item that they know is meant to kill and create havoc?
Why can’t there be a stricter series of examinations done before a gun is sold? We give an exam to be able to even learn how to drive a car. So why is it that people are given complete freedom to purchase a weapon? Not that people shouldn’t own weapons in the first place, but what difference exists anymore between giving your car to a lunatic who wants to drive over people or giving a gun to a man who wants to kill innocent people? It is wrong and shouldn’t happen, and it is time we think about it before there is another life lost just because someone has a loaded gun and the will to pull the trigger.