By: Quinlan Bentley
In the United States, if anything is reliable, it’s our society’s love of firearms. This stems back 230 years ago, when the founders were drafting the constitution. After all, article two of The Bill of Rights states: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. This sentence has been the source of much controversy in recent politics. The rise of gun violence has been met with increased firearms restriction laws and intensification of federal background checks of potential gun owners.
Recently a bill by the GOP has been proposed to reduce the restrictions on the sale of suppressors, which currently require a federal permit. But as reported in The Washington Post article “In wake of Las Vegas shootings, no plans to bring gun silencer bill to House floor,” “The House bill would instead treat silencers like firearms, requiring only a federal background check.” Because of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, which killed fifty-eight people, the bill has been postponed. However, it’s possible the bill will come up again in the near future.
Do Americans really need suppressors for their already large gun collections? While I understand that most people wouldn’t use such a device to carry out heinous acts, I don’t believe that we should take the chance of allowing someone with harmful intentions to obtain one. The prevalence of mass shootings in recent years should make us pause and look at how violent our culture has become. Supporters of the Second Amendment may argue that if you really want a restricted weapon or accessory, you can get it. But why make it easy?
It’s time that people really think about how we should protect ourselves and our loved ones from gun violence. The world isn’t an old Wild West movie where the villain can be defeated in a climactic showdown by the hero. Reality is much scarier, and there won’t always be a good guy with a gun to help us. As a society, we need to come together and discuss whether it’s worth it to allow something like this to be sold to the public. Would you feel safe knowing that someone with bad intentions could possess a device that make a dangerous weapon even more dangerous? Instead of exercising our Second Amendment rights, let’s use our First Amendment rights to talk about how we can make this country safer.