Wouldn’t We All Benefit From A Less Violent World?

April 16, 2019

Editor: It is my belief that the prevalence of guns in America presents a clear and present threat to the country and its citizens. In 2017, there were 39,773 gun casualties according to The New York Times. This number is still on the increase. There should not be this many easily preventable casualties. Any new regulation to lower this number would be a step in the right direction, especially considering there have been no new restrictions on gun ownership since 1994. If more and more Americans continue to die, and there is no action taken, these incidents fall on all of us. It is a common argument that there will always be violent people, and if someone is determined to hurt others they will find a way. Although this is in some way true, reducing violent people’s access to deadly weapons would also reduce their potential to do harm. A weapon like a knife or a hammer is much less effective than a gun. In countries with gun bans in place, like China, there are rare instances of mass stabbings. However, because of the absence of high-powered guns that we allow our criminals to have, the number of victims and casualties are dramatically reduced. If we wanted to also take steps towards reasonable restriction, wouldn’t we all benefit from a less violent world? Eric Timlin SHAVERTOWN