I am shocked and sickened by the shooting at a school on Friday in Connecticut. It is beyond sad and tragic on so many levels. Though it will anger many friends of mine back in the U.S., I cannot stay silent on my opinion on gun control at a time like this.
In the two years I have lived here, I have not heard of a single shooting homicide in Taiwan. I’m not saying that they haven’t happened, but I personally have not heard of a single one. However, on almost a weekly basis I read of shootings in the U.S. I’m convinced that the reason for the difference is that Taiwan has very strict gun control laws. And the Taiwanese consider Americans barbaric for our loose gun control laws. I have to agree. I am embarrassed by and ashamed of my nations loose gun control laws.
According to gunpolicy.org, in 2008, Taiwan had a total of 128 gun related homicides. That same year, the UK had 32. In 2008, the U.S. had 9,484 gun related homicides.
As my friend Ryan said this evening, “When does your right to bare arms supercede my children’s right to go to school?” (and I might add, to a mall or to a movie.)
The pro-gun people like to say, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” But in yesterday’s violence, it was a person with a gun that killed people. If that person had not had a gun in his hand, he would not have shot 26 people in an elementary school. He may have chosen to do something else crazy, but it would not have included a gun.
Although it is a very unpopular stance to take in my home state of Utah, let it be known that this proud Republican is for much, much tighter gun control laws in the U.S.