Restrictions will do more harm than good by disarming law abiding citizens

Azanae Barrow, Community Editor

From the moment Congress approved the Bill of Rights on September 25, 1789, the nation ensure the right to bear armed weapons for American citizens. Congress promised that right would not be defied in any way by the government and that shouldn’t change even now.

The government should not enact gun control laws because the Constitution states and protects its citizens right to carry a gun.

In the last few months alone, the cause of concern due to gun violence and mass school shootings has risen. From the shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon to the shooting at Northern Arizona University, the amount of people who are forced to stare straight into the barrel of a gun before being severely injured or fatally shot is out of control.

Because of the shootings and outcry from citizens to have something done, the government has been getting involved to try to prevent yet another public shooting crisis from occurring.

Or so they think.

Back in 2011, when Arizona’s Democratic House of Representatives member Gabrielle Giffords was shot, President Barack Obama flew to Arizona to immediately address the gun control issue.

Four years later and each time there is a shooting that replays inside the homes of millions of viewers around the world, the government feels the need to intervene. After the Charleston shooting on June 17, 2015, President Obama and other representatives from the House said that actions need to be taken immediately.

The truth is, the government can’t really do a thing.

They can calm the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, but they can’t stop an issue that’s been happening for years. During Obama’s speech after consoling Arizona’s community on the attack back in 2011 he said the following: “None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped these shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.”

How is it possible for the government to place gun control laws on the country without truly knowing the motives of people behind the trigger?

Government intervention will never work and it’s never going to happen. Congressional Democrats in 2011 tried to pass a federal legislative bill banning any weapons with 10 or more rounds of ammunition in it. The bill was denied. The government isn’t stupid. They know that if they suddenly put all these gun control laws into effect people are going to get angry.

The Constitution trumps the government over everything, guns being included on that list. Gun control laws wouldn’t stop the violence going on, it’d make it worse. You’d only restrict law abiding citizens from getting a gun but you’ll always have some people who want guns for all the wrong motives and they’ll get it from people who agree with those motives. So now you have a mad man with an illegal gun on the loose, everyone is pointing fingers and the problem still isn’t solved.

According to, an organization that promotes change in America’s gun violence, death and injuries noted that the top eight states in the United States with the strictest gun laws got a ‘D’ on their violence report card. The violence was still high regardless of the laws. The top eight states with the most lenient gun laws still scored a ‘D’ on their violence report card as well. This means that there is no correlation between states with strict gun laws or states with lenient gun laws.

A better solution would be to educate the public on how to be safe in their surroundings. Public service announcements should be available to the public on signs of potential shootings in schools. Their should also be immediate action plans in case a shooting breaks out as well.

You can’t stop people from carrying guns, but you can stop a gun from being turned on you.

Azanae Barrow is a Community Editor for The Patriot and