Photograph by Christopher Griffith
With the presidential election nearing, the controversial topic of gun control became more dominant among society. I believe that guns shouldn’t be banned due to “psychological reactance”. Humans naturally do not like to be told what they cannot do, so if guns are banned, the crimes involving guns would only skyrocket. If there happens to be a shooting because someone had access to a gun illegally, how else would we protect ourselves? With spoons against a firearm? On the other hand, the stand on guns today shouldn’t stay the same either. Instead, there should be tighter security and regulation. There should be background checks, in which mainly family history for mental illnesses is checked, along with other factors that may affect gun use. There’s no need to feed evil nor to strip us of our natural rights. It’s our natural right to protect ourselves against harm.