Why America must get a hold on gun control

The world woke up to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen murdering 49 people and wounded over 50 others at an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) night club called Pulse, in the early hours of June 12, Sunday. The Orlando nightclub shooting has been called the worst mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The shooting, which was an unimaginable catastrophe in itself has sparked a discourse in the Western world that was somewhat unexpected but highly relevant.

Mateen, was an American citizen of Afghani ancestry. He had been interrogated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but had not been regarded as a threat by the agency. Which still begs the question ‘how did a man who had been on an FBI watch list legally purchased an assault rifle without any alarm being raised?’

America is one of the few countries in the world where a citizen can enter a shop and buy a gun as long as they do not have a criminal record. Even though the idea that a person has every right to protect themselves and their property against destruction should work in theory, in reality it is a minefield. The law might try to keep guns away from criminals but most guns that end up in their hands are not bought, they are stolen and the high power ones are smuggled into the country.

It is election year in America and gun reform will no-doubt be a heavy topic. The recent mass murder and the shooting of 22-year old singer Christina Grimmie by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl which happened only a day before the Orlando massacre and also occurred in the same city of Orlando should put some perspective regarding gun laws in America.

Gun violence has been on an-all time high in the country especially in the state of Chicago, where 8 people were killed over the weekend. On average 112 people are killed or injured every day in the country due to gun violence. Some of these victims are children. The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old and 6 adult staff members were gunned down was apparently not enough of a wake-up call for American policy makers.

America might have a long and storied history with guns, the country does have a 239 year old document to back this up, but change needs to come and it needs to come soon. The world has reacted to the shooting with shock and we, others even questioning how a single gun man could get away with as many murders. And still the senate has not been forthcoming to support Obama’s gun law reforms. This is putting on the spot Hilary Clinton and the trigger happy Trump who unfortunately wants more guns in people’s hands.

As the world debates about sexual orientation, it remains that the major problem is indeed gun control and America better act fast.

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