Coming from the Bronx, where it is known for high rate of violence and drugs, I’ve always been in support of gun control. With the recent shootings that have occurred in our country, we need stricter gun laws in order to deter from events like this.
I think it is right for a person to carry guns but only in their homes and even then, it should just be a single firearm pistol. Many arguments have been against this. The main one being ‘but what if there’s a mass shooting. People with licenses carrying guns can stop the shooter.’
My rebuttal to that is to look at what happened in Las Vegas or the Dallas shooting. Many people were killed in both incidents, especially police officers in the latter. Both the shooters were armed with deadly military grade assault rifles, which resulted in a huge public tragedy.
Also, I would say that Vegas is an open carry state, many people were carrying guns, but still more than 500 people were injured at the concert. I want the gun laws to be stricter because at any moment, a civilian can open fire anyway they feel like it and it would be a bloodbath.
I am a minority but also a criminal justice major, so I’m stuck in the middle. I had the opportunity to try a firearm simulator, which puts you in situations officers go through every day.
At first, I was one of those people that bashed officers and asked ‘why didn’t officers do this or do that’ but after going through the simulator, it changed my whole perspective on everything.
It made me take a step back and realized that a lot of those moments are split action decisions. But at the end of the day, a life lost will always be the biggest tragedy out of the situation. I think many actions can be taken to relieve some of the tension between minorities and police.
One idea is creating community events such as a sport day. I feel like having the police interact with the community more will allow residents to lessen their anger and distrust for police, which could make things a lot less tense for everybody.