There are problems within every country, but a large problem the United States has been dealing with in recent years is gun control. In the United States anyone with a permit is permitted to own a gun; that includes law officials, hunters and also everyday citizens. With everyone able to possess such deadly weapons, it was only a matter of time until a problem occurred. But is it so much the gun that causes these crimes to be horrific, or is it how people react to the news?
The gun control problem became a viral phenomenon in the spring of 2015 when Michael Brown, an African American U.S. citizen, was shot and killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo. The city then rioted due to the suspicion that this was a hate crime and guns were only used because Brown was African American. The city then revolted by burning down buildings and looting stores.
Fast forward to summer 2016, when a nightclub in Florida was shot up. When 29-year-old Omar Mateen shot up Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., he killed 49 people instantly and critically injured 53 others. The reaction this time throughout the United States was not to riot, but to protest peacefully and graciously pay homage to those who lost their lives all too soon. This act was considered a hate crime as well because Omar Mateen was a straight male who deliberately attacked a gay nightclub.
So, why were people rioting and looting stores a year ago, but this summer they protested and remembered those lost peacefully? Both shootings are considered hate crimes, what changed?
Like most things in life, people evolve. Are shootings happening so often that people are being forced to evolve in how they react? According to the Social Science Research Network, a single mass shooting leads to a 15 percent increase in the number of firearm bills introduced within a state that year.
The United States has been shaken up within the past two years, and is now forced to make a choice. Change control laws or change the way we see others who are different than us. The choice is ours.