America has a big problem on its hands… the increasing number of mass shootings that have been occurring in recent years. We are seeing more and more shootings like the ones in Denver earlier this year in a movie theater, the deadly mall shooting in Oregon last week, and the horrific shootings that took place at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday.
Each time a mass shooting takes place the nation engages in a heated debate about guns and gun control. All of these incidents are unspeakable tragedies, but rarely do they hit a nerve across America like Friday's shooting. In that shooting there were 27 deaths, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 8.
Any time a mass shooting on this scale occurs there will be calls for gun control, but the fact that the majority of victims in this act were children will certainly take the discussion to a new level. Anyone with a child had to feel the same pain last Friday when they read of the news of so many young children having their lives cut short in such a manner.
Gun-control advocates are quick to point out the obvious… that this sort of massacre would not occur if guns were less easy to obtain. Pro-gun advocates will respond saying the problem is not guns, but the people that own them. They point out that people die in auto accidents, and yet cars are not banned, and that children die drowning in swimming pools, but no one calls to ban pools. Of course there is a big difference between accidental deaths and intentional homicide, but their belief is that a death is a death, regardless of the circumstance.