by Siya Aggarwal

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. This was recorded as the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States of America. The fact that he was not licensed to carry that gun just goes to show how easy it is to buy one. The accessibility of these destructive weapons is causing countless, devastating incidents which have resulted in many tragic deaths.

There have been a staggering number of gun-related incidents; The Charleston church shooting, a mass shooting that took place in South Carolina, United States, on the evening of June 17, 2015 saw nine people  including the senior pastor, killed by a gunman (Dylann Storm Roof) during a prayer service. Another example is the mass shooting of July 20, 2012 by James Eagan Holmes, that took place inside a Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening. 

In the United States of America, only 13 states require background checks be performed. No matter how a gun is sold or what kind of gun it is. It is argued that guns are used for self defense. However, there should be more rigour and holistic background check should be conducted for a transaction to take place which ends with any citizen possessing a gun. This is because there is direct evidence that ties an increase in gun manufacturing to the rate of crime. In 2015 the number of gun-related crimes per 100,000 was 10.2 or one per every 10,000 people. It is terrifying that anyone can buy a gun for less than 100 dollars that previously belonged to a member of the army. The most alarming factor is that  the seller has limited to no information about who the buyer is and what he wants the gun for. 

“People kill people”

Eddie Izzard

This above, is a famous quote, but really what do they kill each other with? Do you really think that Omar Mateen could have managed to kill 49 people without his gun?