March 31st, 2013
I love to get international perspectives and teach English at the same time. So, whoever is reading this, please “pipe up” in the comments section. ”Pipe up” is a fun way of saying “just say something!”
Here is the basic situation. There are about 12 000 gun related deaths EVERY YEAR in the USA. The USA is a huge country, but that is A LOT of killing. You shouldn’t feel scared to go to the US (I’ve been there many times and never seen a gun) but the point is, it’s still a big problem compared with other countries.
The US has a unique history regarding guns. It’s a history that people from other countries can’t understand. I can’t understand it. It’s one big difference between Canada and the USA. Most Canadians don’t feel it is their right to be able to carry a gun for self protection. Many Americans do feel this way. But… I don’t want to get into a history lesson here. I believe Canada has only about 150 gun deaths per year. Canada has far fewer people, but still, the problem is MUCH more serious in the US.
This is an interesting problem for the USA. If the government just said, “starting tomorrow, it will be 100% illegal to own a gun” there would still be a lot of gun violence. Remember, people who want to shoot other people don’t really care about the law anyway.
So, I’d like to ask you guys, what do you think the government should do? They could make it more difficult to buy guns. They could make the really scary guns illegal (You know, the kind of gun that can kill 20 people in a minute). They could make some type of education program so that kids learn the dangers of having guns. (Not all gun deaths are on purpose. There are many accidents)
No opinion is right or wrong here at the 232. I just want to hear what you guys think. What do people from your country think about American gun violence? Is it possible to slowly change their culture? I’d love to hear what you think!
Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!