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Guns in America – Voices

“They were designed to kill, and I think if one is present, that is what will inevitably happen.”
Atlanta, GA
Even in countries like Australia, where they don’t have guns for public sale, there are still mass stabbings that occur. The difference with stabbings is that they are way less likely to be lethal.

Think about it: in the 50s, gangs carried switch blades. Now, they carry hand guns. Carrying weapons that are supposed to kill people will increase the likelihood of people being killed.

There is a huge connection between police brutality and gun violence. Police don’t need guns if there’s no threat of the people they’re policing having guns. If we de-escalate the presence of weapons in America, as well as downsize the military, people won’t feel so strongly about needing to defend themselves from a tyrannical government or police force.

It needs to be a policy of de-escalation all around. You don’t give everyone nuclear weapons just because one country has nuclear weapons. Instead, you should take everyone’s nuclear weapons away.

There needs to be much stricter guidelines for training police officers and training in conflict avoidance. Obviously, there needs to be mandatory body cameras on police officers. Every time a police officer fires his weapon there should be a review of that incident.

All of that is under the assumption that police are allowed to carry fire arms, which I don’t think they should be. They should carry tasers and pepper spray. Even rubber bullets would be better because the chance of them being lethal is smaller.

Police should carry things that are not designed to kill. That’s part of why guns are such a problematic object, even when used for sport. They were designed to kill, and I think if one is present, that is what will inevitably happen.

I guess maybe I just don’t trust humanity with that power. Not regular citizens, and clearly, not the police either. It’s a sad truth.

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