Public Comment

New: Thoughts on Gun Violence and How to Control It

By Romila Khanna
Saturday May 31, 2014 - 09:19:00 AM

We go to war to bring stability to the international communities but we don't make strict laws at home to protect innocent people from gun violence. 

When people buy a car, they get it registered. They possess a driver's license. Those who drive stolen cars are usually caught and punished but we don’t have a similar strict management of gun ownership. 

Last week I was talking to a young man about guns. He said that the only way for young people to stop using guns on one another is to take away guns from everyone, including police officers. He added that fear of attack by law enforcement officers leads young people engaged in criminal activity to use guns first. I was shocked to hear this comment. 

I have my own views on violence; the words of the young man are still ringing in my ears the last words of the youth. So long as insecurity persists in the minds of young people, we will not be able to stop gun related deaths. Right now guns are visible everywhere. Young people watch gun shows. They receive reduced rates for purchasing guns. They get the idea that they can get what they want by pointing a gun. 

Can we stop gun shows? Can we make it very difficult for people to buy guns? If we can put a brake on the gun industry, gun sales will drop. This will slow down easy access to the lethal weapon and gun related violence will be reduced.