With the horror of another school shooting on Friday December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, people worldwide are once again thinking about guns and gun control.
The Columbine school shooting, 13 years ago, was the largest school shooting in American history, until Friday.
For self-defense, I personally think that non-lethal weapons, such as pepper spray, stun guns, and tasers, should be considered before firearms.
I also don’t think that children should be exposed to or taught to use guns, unless they show a great deal of maturity. Certainly not someone with a developmental disorder, as the Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza.
His main weapon used was a civilian version of the military M-16 rifle, which is used by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and some police departments in the United States. I don’t think a child (or even an adult) should be using that type of weapon.
Assault weapons like the rifle Lanza used, were banned by a 1994 law. The law expired in 2004, and pressure from “gun rights” lobbyists stopped Congress from renewing it.
If you own or are considering buying a gun, make sure you get the proper training on how to take care of and use it. Also, make sure you keep your guns in a gun safe when not using them.
Owning and/or using a gun is a very big responsibility that a lot of people don’t think through seriously enough.
Despite my opinions, the FBI says that although guns sales are up, violent crimes are down.
Here are some more statistics related to school shootings and guns:
- About 45% of US households own a gun.
- Five of the deadliest shootings in the US happened since 2007.
- There are more stores selling guns than groceries.
- The US has a lot of gun deaths – about 4-5 times that of other countries.
- According to gunowners.org, more kids are killed playing football, than by guns.
- More than 60% of the gun deaths in America are suicides.
- 2012 has been a record year for gun sales.
- States with “Right-to-Carry” laws usually have lower violent crime rates.
- If you don’t have a criminal record, and aren’t mentally incompetent, you can buy a gun.
- In 2011, only about .5 percent of gun sales were denied due to failure to pass a background check.