The live televised fatal shooting of two journalists in Virginia in August revived the debate about gun control and whether adopting a strict gun ban is the best way to go.
On August 26, 2015, two journalists of WDBJ-TV, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were both shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, was a former employee of the news station. It is believed that the gunman said his attack was revenge for the church shooting in Charleston, S.C in June, in which nine African-Americans were killed.
“The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!” was written in a 23-page document faxed to ABC News, believed to be from Flanagan.
This unfortunate event re-ignited the highly politicized issues of gun control in the U.S. President Obama made an effort to push gun control so the nation does a better job of making sure the people who have problems, who are mentally ill, shouldn’t have guns and I agree.
American citizens should always have their right to bear arms; however, stricter gun laws would lead to less gun violence when the amount of gun crime in America is huge.
In an interview with CNN, Alison Parker’s father said, “it is a mental health issue, but it’s also a gun issue and they’re linked together, and somehow, and we’re working on that, we have to be able to do something to keep these guns out of the hands of people that shouldn’t be obtaining them.”
The National Rifle Association suggests there should be better way to track the mentally ill with a national database. Yet it is tough to track and identify a particular person who may have an imbalanced mind. Diagnosing people for mental health issues isn’t the easiest thing in the world.
According to the Guardian, Hillary Clinton said, “It happens every day and there is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time out between the person that’s upset because he got fired or the domestic abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage.”
The right to own a firearm is not absolute; its exercise should be dependent upon the individual meeting important conditions such as criminal and mental health background checks.
More people die from gun violence in America than anything else and that is what we should take more seriously.