Guns are Never the Culprit
The Newton Elementary School massacre was the second deadliest shooting in U.S. history and one of the deadliest around the world. Adam Lanza, armed with a power rifle, killed a total of 27 people including himself; seven adults, one being his own mother, and 20 children in an act that is still not explained to this day (Press, 2012). There have been many attempts to try and explain the actions of this disturbed individual and what would drive someone to commit such a hideous act; the main reason people are citing that this happened is lack of gun control. Other murder or suicides that have taken place over the years involving guns have struck up debate over whether or not citizens should be able to own guns; when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend in a murder-suicide in 2012 a lot of people where questioning then why are people allowed to own guns at all, NRA President Wayne Lapierre gave a good example of how the murder-suicide could have been different when he said “the one thing missing in that equation is that woman owning a gun so she could have saved her life from that murderer.” (Golinkin, 2012) When tragedy happens and it involves guns, the culprit that people seem to point their fingers at mostly is the guns themselves when in fact it should be the person behind the gun that is too blame. Less guns does not mean less crime; criminals will still find a way to own and use firearms regardless the restrictions that are in place, the only difference is the victims will be left unarmed and more susceptible for harm.
Children Killed by Firearms
The numbers that are told about the amount of children killed by firearms are ones that continuously come up in the debate about gun control. It is said that 13-17 children are killed every day by firearms, when since 1903 the number of fatal gun accidents is at its lowest. The number of children per day is based on counting’s that include older teenagers...