Education mitigates the gun violence problem

The issue of gun control and gun violence is a hot topic in America. America has a long tradition of having guns in the hands of its citizens, most of whom use them for hunting, target shooting, or self-defense. However, crimes like the July 20, 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting is a selling point by anti-gun activists for additional gun control. President Obama is currently campaigning for stricter gun control and spoke on the subject during his recent visit to Minneapolis.

Personally, I have a lot of experience with firearms from my time in the military and believe they are important for self-defense. Since there is not a law enforcement officer assigned to every household and every citizen in America, the reality is that individuals are responsible for their own protection. Criminals are looking for easy targets; they tend to avoid people who are armed to defend themselves.

I don’t see gun laws as a solution to crime because criminals don’t follow the law; that’s what makes them criminals. If you’re going to break the law and rob or assault someone, you aren’t going to be against buying an illegally imported firearm to commit the crime. Additionally, if a criminal doesn’t have access to a firearm, they will simply use a knife, club, or some other less-sophisticated weapon when committing a crime.

It also strikes me as shocking that gun control is such an issue but vehicle control is not. A car is a very dangerous weapon in the hands of an irresponsible driver, yet anyone can buy a one- and with minimal training, anyone can get a license and get behind the wheel of a car.

Finally, people who lack access to higher education and thus higher earning jobs generally commit violent crime. Rather than pushing for higher gun control, Americans should be seeking improvements in basic education to give all children a valuable platform of skills and create better opportunities for everyone to receive higher education.