Gun Control and The Divided States Of America

A battle between safety, individual liberty, and extreme violence

Suvi Helena
Politically Speaking


Photo by Maxim Hopman on Unsplash

After the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder last month, I felt compelled to write a little something about gun control in the U.S.

As expected, the story received some critical comments from who I am assuming to be pro-gun individuals. In my story, I touched on the issue of civil rights and individual liberty a little bit and I wasn’t surprised to see comments suggesting that restricting gun laws would be a violation of one’s civil rights. I knew that a lot of Americans feel threatened when their right to own a deadly weapon is questioned.

I was also not surprised to see that a majority of the comments opposed universal background checks and licensing. So, let me get this right: you would rather keep the U.S at the top of the chart of gun violence just because you want to be able to own a gun yourself? You would rather have mass shootings and extreme gun violence than go through a few extra steps to obtain a gun?

It truly baffles me: someone with no criminal record, no mental health issues, no background of abuse, etc. shouldn’t be too concerned about universal background checks and licensing.