The use of guns can have positive support, but threatening or taking a human life is not acceptable reasoning. In today’s society, the rise of violent crimes involving guns has risen dramatically over a short period of time. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010, 47,856 people were murdered by firearms (Date, Pierre, and Ryan). Many people own guns, but it does not make them feel safer. On the other hand, many humans think that owning a gun ensures one hundred percent safety; however, they are wrong in many ways such as environmental safety and even their own safety. With more people owning guns, it only hurts society and puts everyone in the public and in their homes in danger.
In today’s world, there are millions of gun owners, but it does not openly make them feel safer to know they have a gun. Guns are used for many other things besides a weapon that shoots bullets to protect a person from violent crimes; firearms are used for hunting for food and not trophies, as well as sports; furthermore, for war vets, guns are a bonding experience (Whaley). James Hagerman of Colorado, who owns a 12-gauge shotgun, uses his guns for hunting. James says he was shaken the first time he killed something with a gun. He was about thirteen and hunting deer with his father. He got the animal in his sights and shot it dead with his rifle. He states the following:
“It was sad. I ended something’s life,” He felt reverence for the animal he killed and for what it gave his family food for the winter. When he hunts, he feels he’s part of a natural cycle of life and death, and he hopes to instill that perspective in his two small sons. “I have no heads on my walls; I don’t use guns or hunt to get trophies,” Hagerman said. “I provide for my family. We eat on that for the rest of the year.” “That animal,” he added, “has to die somehow, and when I kill it, I know how it is processed and what I went through to get it.” Hagerman’s first hunting trip followed years of learning from his grandfather how to handle a hunting rifle.”He taught me to never shoot anything I didn’t intend to kill, and to not kill anything I didn’t intend to eat.”Hagerman, a former Marine, said guns shouldn’t be blamed for the mass shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 and at an Aurora theater last summer. Those shootings, he said, were committed by someone whose cries for help were never answered.”I am willing to bet, neither the shooters at Columbine nor (Aurora shooting suspect) James Holmes had the training or life lessons I had, like countless gun owners out there,” he said. “(Holmes) lashed out, violently, to get the attention he needed, and now we have the stain of blood on our community for eternity.” (Whaley)
Stephen Holben says that he is not a gun nut; he uses his gun only to see how accurately he can shoot his handguns and rifles. Stephen also states the following:
“There’s a tremendous amount of skill involved,” he said. “You have to be in control to squeeze that trigger, and once you do it’s a big thrill.” Holben also figures it’s a lot safer than mountain climbing or other sports. “You hear about climbers getting hurt or getting killed all the time. That rarely happens at a shooting range,” he said. He also likes the feel of a gun in his hands.”For men, it’s shiny and it goes ‘bang’; what more do you need?” said Holben, who visits the shooting range several times a year. But he refuses to hunt.”I just don’t have it in me to kill an animal. I don’t want to shoot Bambi,” he said. Holben also doesn’t use a gun for personal protection. When his wife thought she heard an intruder one night in the couple’s home, he decided to keep a loaded handgun near their bed.”I felt very uncomfortable with the feeling of having a loaded weapon within reach,” he said. “I could get rousted out of my sleep and I could shoot and hit my wife, or a cat. The next day, we got that alarm system.”Holben is skeptical of the rhetoric that gun owners would be the last line of defense should government agents try to take away everyone’s weapon.”We are a nation of people who just fall in line; we are all dependent on government,” he said. “I’m pretty confident that a lot of these guys who wear these ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ T-shirts would (soil) their pants should a SWAT team show up at their door.” (Whaley)
Michael Haring, an Iraq-war veteran, uses his gun experience to bond with his younger kids at a gun range. Haring helped them load and scope the weapon, and then showed them how to squeeze the trigger. His daughter was terrified at first because it was nothing but big guns sounding off around her. Her being afraid was normal because she was a child. Her father, Mr. Haring, did not have that he fear; he put his arms around her, helping her aim and to get used to the gun; after a couple shots, she had become unshaken and began to shoot the gun like it was nothing (Whaley). They all ended up spending quality time together as a family. Any father figure would rather go out and teach their children how to shoot a gun then to have them go out and play with a gun and accidentally kill themselves. No father would take an accident like the one that happened in Tennessee with the seven-year-old little boy. Jaymee Steward was at home with his two brothers, ages four and thirteen, when the three of them found a loaded Derringer-style .22-caliber handgun, which they thought was a toy . The gun went off, injuring the seven year old boy with life-threatening injuries, which eventually led to fatality. The gun belonged to a family member, Jones said, although she would not say whom. The boy’s parents and grandparents lived at the house. Authorities said they would not file charges. Investigators and prosecutors concluded no laws were broken, and Jones added, “There are, no legal requirements to have that gun locked up,” Every gun, in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult (“Kid Shootings)
Millions of gun owners have access to these dangerous weapons, but does it protect them and others as well? Many people fail to realize by owning fire arms, he or she is really putting himself or herself and someone else’s life in a lot of trouble. When owning a gun, it is really unsafe for the owner and others because their gun could come up missing, and somebody could take somebody else’s life with it, causing trouble for thief and owner. By the gun being registered to the owner, the police may come and question them or even arrest them as the killer even though the owner is not the killer, and being arrested could be on the owner’s permanent record. Michael Haring of Colorado stated that for his personal protection, and that of his two children, he will pick up a baseball bat as his first line of defense. It is just safer that way, said Haring, who says he suffers from post- traumatic stress disorder. He also suffers from bouts of insomnia so severe that he can not sleep for two days. He stated that when he is in that kind of condition, and he is suddenly rousted from sleep, he honestly does not think he could trust himself with a weapon. Mr. Haring stated that the bullet could go through his wall, his kid’s wall, and even through a neighbor’s wall, so why take a chance (Whaley)? Most people would not have thought like Mr. Haring did he or she would have only thought about him or herself which is selfish.
As society may know, fire arms do not benefit society most of the time in any way. They only hurt society by putting people in danger and a risk of getting killed, or seriously hurt. For example, the Trayvon Martin case that happened in Sanford, Florida, was horrible and sad to hear. It must have been even worse for his parents to get the news. Trayvon Martin was killed by the toy security guard named George Zimmerman for no reason. He was a young black kid that was only 17 years old. When he was shot, he only had a drink called Arizona tea and a bag of skittles in his possession. What was he doing wrong to get shot? Many are still searching for answers as of today. But what is known is that a concealed weapon was involved and someone lost their life as a result. That is no way for guns to benefit society, with someone’s life being taken for no reason. Should society have to go through those things? No way. For a police officer to carry firearms there is no control over that situation. Police officers help keep society safe from as many of the crimes that they solve. If police did not carry guns, it would be devastating to even imagine what a society would be like with all the violence stuff going on. For example, there is a bank robbery or even a homicide going on and police respond to the call. They have to have something to protect themselves against the suspect or the suspect would get away with a horrible crime or even take the policemen’s life.
With all that being said, guns are used for many of other things besides protections but are very dangerous in many of ways which is why society is the way it is today.
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