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American Gun Laws, From The Perspective Of A Canadian

It is not a secret that the United States of America’s citizens have easy access to guns. Well most states anyway. In fact, 44 of the 50 states have some form of the U.S. ‘Second Amendment’ in their state constitutions, which protects the citizens rights to keep and bear arms.

So, what does this really mean?

By definition, taken straight from the United States constitution, it means:

“…A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

In reality, there has been confusion surrounding this topic in modern times. Some take it as only a militia can bear arms and protect their country and its citizens. Others disagree and state that it is everyone’s right.

Regardless of what people believe and what politicians might quibble about, it is very easy to obtain a firearm in the United States inside of a store on the side of the street legally. As long as you have the money, and you pass a quick background check (which, in some places, is easier to pass than getting into a bar while underage), you can get yourself a nice, shiny, powerful and legal, killing machine.

So what does this mean for the country as a whole? Well, in regards to the crime rate related to guns compared to Canada, let’s take a look at some statistics, shall we?

According to nationmaster.com: - Crime levels in the United States: 43% more than Canada - Murder Rate per 100,000 People: Canada- 2.05, United States- 5 - Murder Rate: 23 times more than Canada - Rapes: 147 times more than Canada - Robberies: 55% more than Canada - Murder with firearms: 65 times more than Canada - Prisoners: 57 times more than Canada - Murders committed by Youth: 58 times more than Canada

and the list goes on…

Do you see a pattern here? These numbers are staggering, to say the very least.

What sparked my thoughts on this today, was the horrific crime that took place last week in Charleston, South Carolina at the historic church. 9 innocent people were murdered in cold blood, simply because they were african american.

This shooting, sparked the long debated topic of gun control in America once again. This time, even Obama stated that enough was enough, and gun laws need to be looked at again.

People like Dylan Roof, should never be allowed to even own a butter knife, let alone a Pistol. While it is true that ‘People kill people, don’t blame the guns’, the sad fact is that if the guns were harder to access (like here in Canada), it would be much more difficult for ‘people’ like Dylan Roof to get their filthy hands on them in the first place.

Something needs to be done. These devices of murder are far too accessible to people who seem to have no problem with slaughtering innocent people like cattle. Dylan Roof, Adam Lanza, Seung-Hui Cho, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, all went out of their way to kill people on a mass scale. Maybe not *all* of these could have been avoided by tougher laws, but I would be willing to bet that many of them would have.

Something needs to be done, before more people die needlessly because of easy access of guns to psychopaths. Let’s us hope some resolution can be worked out, and that the government’s eyes have been opened far enough. I bet that if Obama’s daughter was in that church when Dylan Roof wantonly killed those innocent people, the laws wouldn’t be long changing. That is the very, very sad truth.

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