BY RACHEL WINGENBACH
In China on December 14, 2012 a man slashed twenty-two children and one adult at a school in Chenpeng, village in the Henan province, with a knife. Since 2010, nearly twenty people have died and more than fifty have been injured in school knife attacks in China.
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting people have been calling for more gun control in the United States, so should the people of China be calling for more knife control? Or how about more axe control? On September 21, 2012 in China, a man broke into a daycare killing three and wounding thirteen, all with an axe.
It’s not just guns that can lead to violent crimes. People can still find ways to commit violent acts despite tight gun control laws. The weapon of choice is being focused on when we should be looking at the person who committed the crime. We should be looking at the lives of these criminals and what could have potentially caused them to do these horrific things.
Also, more gun control does not necessarily mean less violent crime. Look at the United Kingdom; it has a violent crime rate of 2,034 per 100,000 residents. It also has some of the strictest gun control laws. For example, only the police in Northern Ireland are allowed to carry guns in the United Kingdom.
Looking at countries such as Brazil and South Africa also shows the inefficiency of gun control. Both of these countries have greater gun restrictions than the US yet they have some of the world’s highest gun related crime. So is gun control really the answer?
We have forgotten that guns do not kill, people do. Instead of studying the patterns of people who commit gun crimes and also taking time to teach people the proper way to handle firearms, the US wants to take the lazy road.
It is simpler to blame a machine than to blame a person and find a way to prevent other people from doing the same thing and to teach innocent people how to defend themselves if they find themselves in these situations.
BIO: Rachel is a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris studying pre-med and chemistry. Born and raised in North Dakota, she has been around guns her entire life. Unafraid to verbalize her support of the Second Amendment, she has written many articles for her university’s alternative paper and is currently its managing editor.