As a naturalized citizen of this country, it is difficult for me to understand America’s obsession with guns.
It is my understanding that historically the inclusion of the Second Amendment had more to do with the right of slave states to own firearms to use for their militias to patrol against slave uprisings, rather than for the citizenry to arm itself against some vague and ominous attack by the federal government.
Guns, from small handguns to assault rifles, have only one purpose, to wound or destroy life; whether it’s hunting defenseless wildlife or assaulting a fellow human being. I can’t imagine the thoughtful, sober forefathers of this country aligning themselves with the pro-gun rhetoric of today, particularly after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Having said that, I don’t see guns leaving American society. I respectfully propose to our lawmakers to push for a nationwide minimum age of 25 for an individual to purchase or own a firearm.
Most of the recent, senseless mass killings have been conducted by people under 25 years old. Just because the Constitution allows us to have guns, it doesn’t mean we should allow young people, with their undeveloped brains and heightened emotions, to possess the power to wound or destroy life.
Additionally, just as we have to have automobile insurance in case we damage property or harm people with our vehicle, insurance should be required for firearm owners in cases ranging from negligence to willful malice. As we have a sliding scale of car insurance rates for older, safer drivers, we can have something similar for firearm owners.
These proposals, along with other proposed limits, like the assault rifle ban and the closing of the gun show loophole, is the least we can do as a society in response to the immeasurable damage and grief caused in Sandy Hook.
We should take responsibility as a nation for that tragedy, rather than to put all the blame on the shooter. Thank you.