Americans are a patriotic people, and no matter the debate they are also passionate. Gun violence is a major problem in our nation. We are a culture divided, and it seems like no one has a clear answer. On one side of the battlefield, guns are an instrument of violence, and on the other side, they are essential tools for safety and represent our freedom. Neither side understands where the other side is coming from. I get both sides; however, and until we can all discuss the problem, it will never get fixed.
One side of the debate is that people fear for the safety of their homes, schools and public establishments. They are afraid that a lunatic with a gun is going to go on a shooting spree through town. The other side of the debate is concerned with having not only their guns taken away but also their liberties and safety.
The Constitution protects our rights as a free American. It’s part of what makes our nation so great. We are free to do most anything we want. Along with wanting to be free and keeping our rights to shoot empty soda cans, Americans also want to know that while they are working or sleeping that their loved ones are safe.
Let’s face it; it’s too easy to get a gun. I had a harder time getting tickets to the Mumford and Sons concert. Crazy people can easily obtain a gun and do who knows what. I don’t have the answers. I’ve never even held a gun, but I know a lot of good people who own guns and I respect them enough to know that this debate can’t be one sided. I understand that fear can take you over and make you not think clearly. Maniacs are scary, and when you add a gun to that, it can be a nightmare.
As a nation we need to discuss this matter and come to an agreement. How many innocent people are going to be put down before we realize what we’re doing. This shouldn’t be hard. We are the nation that sent a man to the moon. We are the nation that has overcome countless wars, economic struggles, Jersey Shore, the Late Night Wars and tons of other things that would crumble a normal society. We can work together and make America a safe place where a guy or gal can openly have a sidearm without the rest of us freaking out. The answer isn’t to walk on the rights of the people that make this country, and it’s not to allow others to live in constant fear.
What do you say, America? Can we put our differences aside and create a nation that we can all live in? We don’t all have to agree on everything. That’s the beauty of our nation. We are free.