People are more likely to use a gun for harm if it is available to them. The easy accessibility of firearms, rather than people themselves, causes rising gun violence.
Think of corruption in government. Politicians are more likely to abuse power because of their position. Their actions are not necessarily malicious. They are presented with an opportunity to benefit themselves, and take it, ignoring the possibility of harmful consequences.
We, as a nation, need to begin viewing the problem in terms of human nature, instead of solely an argument about constitutional rights.
The intention with gun violence is to hurt someone else, which is inherently malicious. However, I am inclined to believe the same principle applies. Many criminals are simply given the tools to carry out the crime, granted a few may have psychological problems. Imagine if someone was very unhappy; they had given up all hope. This sort of crime, if attainable, could seem like their only option.
There are also those who are merely using the ease of access to guns as a way to express anger, or to seek revenge. Because killing someone with a gun is a more disconnected method than using other weapons, the prospect involves less drive. If we increase control and require a more comprehensive evaluation of those looking to purchase firearms, these sorts of criminals could be stopped.
There are two popular approaches to combating gun violence: focusing on the criminals’ desire to harm others, and limiting gun ownership. Many believe increasing gun control violates the Second Amendment. To me, ensuring the safety of Americans from gun violence warrants any violation.
Both of these courses depend, very seriously, on human nature. If we try to eliminate the psychological problems that cause people to become violent, we assume that any solution proposed will prompt a positive response. By increasing gun control, politicians assume that the element of illegality will sway most perpetrators. It is impossible to accurately predict the actions of human beings, which is a real flaw in the system.
The addition of more gun control would question the culture of the United States. Throughout our history, citizens have viewed firearms as victorious and patriotic. This same mentality does not exist in many other countries; it is almost exclusive to the United States.
Gun ownership is a big part of American culture. However, there is still room to attempt to alter the mindset around gun control. Instead of fighting against new ideas about control, those in support of gun ownership should help create comprehensive regulations that uphold the pride of this culture.
Very few people would argue that gun violence should not be addressed. Only when we begin thinking about the issue differently, will we be able to apply a strong, successful solution.