The way we keep in check the safety of our people has long been debated in our nation. I, for one, am on the fence on whether we should keep our rights to bear arms that are spoken about in the Second Amendment or to administer strict gun control reforms.


Statistics in the Annual Death Totals from School Shootings, 1999 into 2019 chart from the Tribune Content Agency Graphics shows that there has been an increase in school shootings in the US. From 1999 to 2019, there is quite a bit of fluctuation in the numbers. However, because of the increase, this chart still supports the argument that casualties in our youth will continue to rise if firearms are still unchecked. Let us take the decade from 1999 to 2009. If we were to average the numbers from those years, we would have 15.9 casualties every year. From 2010-2019, the average jumps up to 22.6 per year. That is a 42.1% increase in a single decade. Now, these numbers come from shootings that come from an educational site. Where our children need to be safe. There is also mass shootings we need to take into account.


Firearms run deep in American culture. We have seen the memes, the movies, and have heard the tales of our country involving them. That being said, what would happen if firearms were to get outlawed? Huge backlash, of course. The big impact, though, will happen in the black market. Let us take a look at Canada, another high income country, where the black market for guns is flourishing. According to the broadcast transcript Black Market Guns : Where They’re Coming From and How They Get Into the Hands of Criminals, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders states that, “Gun violence is getting worse, there is more access to firearms.” Let us also take into account that Canada had strict gun laws. That is the main, big factor that contributes to the black market is expanding. One example I can give you is the Prohibition of Alcohol. That is the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution. The prohibition of alcohol definitely decreased consumption. There is not doubt about that. However, that is where the black market boomed into the spotlight.


There are other high income countries that have very strict gun law reforms have stalled the increase in mass shootings. Let us take Australia for example. In 1996, Australia established the National Firearms Agreement ; nationwide gun law reform that controlled semi-automatic and fully automatic weapon ownership. Since its inception, there have been ZERO mass shootings events. Jacqueline Howard writes, “…one statistic is often cited : Australia has had zero mass shootings in two decades, while America faces frequent bloodshed.”


Everyone’s right to own firearms is a full expression of the Second Amendment. The primary reason for gun ownership is for protection. Protection from whatever that may be. Firearms are good to have in the right situation. Let us take a peak to a country like China, for example. Within the past year, the people in Hong Kong have protested against the Chinese government. The riots have gotten a little violent, but nothing serious has happened. But what if the situation escalates? In the article The Fight for HONG KONG: Mass protests in Hong Kong Reveal a Clash Between the Territory’s Open Way of Life and an Increasingly Authoritarian Chinese Government, its states that, “Since then, China’s Communist Party has been gradually exerting more influence over Hong Kong. The pressure reflects a broader crackdown against dissent in China under the rule of President Xi Jinping since 2012.” Because of the very strict Chinese gun control laws, the people are not exposed to firearms that can be used against a tyrannical government.