Is Gun Control the Answer?
While the world is trying hard to overcome the shock from the death of innocent kindergarten kids last week, there are many who are proposing answers, solutions to what could have stopped this. Most people feel that it is high time gun control laws are put in place in America.
Guns are just the tools used to execute the crime. Everyone who has a gun does not want to shoot down innocent lives. Most people want to own a gun because they are scared and want to protect themselves. Yes, having a gun, makes it easier to execute a crime, but the intent to commit the crime has to be there in the first place. The deeper, bigger, scarier problem, therefore, is the existence of the intent to execute such crimes.
Incidents like this happen, not because, someone owned a gun, but because he/she was so confused, so angry and so alone. They also happen because we as a society, are so busy in our self fulfilling lives that we fail to see the signs, fail to put the controls, and fail to create the right value systems for our children.
The sad fact also is that most of these crimes are happening in the country which has been the role model for the rest of the nations for human rights, freedom, opportunity and governance. Most of you will admit, that our generation, while in our adolescence, dreamt of stepping foot in this land. We imitated their culture in every way we possibly could. Many of us still fight over meager resources to study and save to go study and work in this country.
What happened to turn the land of dreams into the land of crime? I hope we the educated, aware, connected generation is sensitive to the fact that this can happen in any country, any neighborhood – guns or without guns. This is not a problem of one nation anymore, but a problem for mankind, because we copied that one nation in everything that we did. Let us not solve the problem by just taking away the tool, but by understanding the darker shades of our societies culture and values or rather the lack of them.