By Nate Nkumbu
On early Sunday morning at 2 a.m., the deadliest mass shooting in American history and the deadliest attack on the LGBT community in decades happened at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 49 people were killed and 53 others were injured.
Current presidential candidate Donald Trump said to CNN that If some people in the club had some guns, this would of never happened.
As a person that has gone out with large groups of people, the last thing that you want to do is bring a gun into a club or an event.
This isn’t exactly rocket science.
Club are supposed to be places of enjoyment, where one goes to relax and have fun.
Not everybody is going to be thinking in the right state of mind.
Alcohol, drugs, hormones, etc.
Adding guns into that equation is recipe for disaster waiting to happen.
Clubs by nature are going to tightly pack places with bodies next to another. Often conflict will happen because of some perceived slight such as stepping on someone’s shoes, grabbing or dancing with the wrong person.
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Now add several guns into the picture.
That same situation occurs and next thing you know, you’re waking up in a hospital gown with a few bullets logged in you and your name and face on local news.
Pro-gun rights organisations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) will argue that arming the “good guys” will help to save lives in a mass shooting, but a study done by Mother Jones found that in 62 cases of mass shootings prior to the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, none were stopped by the “good guys”.
The study even went as far as saying “Attempts by armed citizens to stop shooters are rare. At least two such attempts in recent years ended badly, with the would-be good guys gravely wounded or killed,”
All of that exist even with laws making it easier for people to carry firearms in public places and the largest influx of guns in the marketplace.
What happened in Orlando is indeed sad and has continued a heated debate about gun control, LGBT rights and terrorism.
But with the call to arm our citizens to protect themselves coming from multiple sources, I think adding guns to already over saturated market full of them and handing them out without discretion doesn’t fix the problem.
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