If I Were President

Today Prompt: If you were president or prime minister for a day, what’s one law you would change? submitted by Hannah @ Baby Knows Best

I would make guns illegal. Pretty simple. Guns lead to violence (I understand how controversial that statement is and that it is not actually 100% accurate). I do understand violence will happen anyway but I feel that guns need to be gone. People do not need them to protect themselves or to hunt (I am against hunting too). I wrote a paper on gun control when I was a senior in high school and I got A+ on it and it forever cemented my opinion on this topic. I actually do not know anyone who has been a victim of gun violence (thank God) and I have only seen a gun in person a few times but every time has made me so incredibly uncomfortable I cannot even explain it.

And for the record kids, the founding fathers were pretty right on with many things they wrote but no one is always right lets face it they “owned” slaves and that was not right so we should not just assume that the “right to bear arms” should be a given in our modern society.

Here are some gun facts

  •  Every day, 270 people in America, 47 of them children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, and police intervention.
  •  Every day, 87 people die from gun violence, 33 of them murdered.
  •  Every day, 8 children and teens die from gun violence.
  •  Every day, 183 people are shot, but survive their gun injuries.
  •  Every day, 38 children and teens are shot, but survive their gun injuries. 

IN ONE YEAR (all ages) Almost 100,000 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention.

31,593 people died from gun violence 

  •  12,179 people murdered.
  •  18,223 people killed themselves.
  •  592 people killed accidentally.
  •  326 killed by police intervention.
  •  273 died but intent was not known.

66,769 people survived gun injuries

  •  44,466 people injured in an attack.
  •  3,013 people injured in a suicide attempt.
  •  18,610 people shot accidentally.
  •  679 people shot in a police intervention.

IN ONE YEAR (ages 0-19) almost 20,000 American children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention.

2,966 kids died from gun violence

  •  2,037 children and teens murdered.
  •  748 kids killed themselves.
  •  123 children and teens killed accidentally.
  •  19 killed by police intervention.
  •  39 died but the intent was unknown.

Still need convincing on why I should do this as President?

Honestly, there are many things that I would want to do as President but this is the first and most immediate thing I could do with the stroke of a pen would make a huge change in society. I also recognize as someone who was a policitical science major and MPA there nothing easy about what I am suggesting but then again I am not the President I am your Mom.

Lessons to learn:

  • Never ever own a gun
  • Never touch or play with a friends gun. Do not even go into the room they are stored in
  • Never go to a house with guns

Check out what some other bloggers said to this question by clicking the picture below.

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6 responses to “If I Were President

  1. Wow, you have some great stats here and you’ve given me a lot to think about! I’m happy to see you so passionate about something – you go girl!

  2. Even if they were to become illegal, there would be other ways for people to provide themselves with food or hunt. There’s always a bow and arrow or something. Lol. I’m for guns but I’ve always been raised around them in a very safe environment. Not everyone agrees with my post for this prompt so, to each his own I say. It was very well written. =)

  3. You are singing my song!! I love you for singing it with such passion AND being so educated! BRAVA!!!!

  4. Sara, Cassie, and Julie-

    This was a tough prompt and as I reflect on it my feelings were really set by that paper. As a strong environmentalist my first reaction to the prompt was gun control (something that does not consume my daily thoughts like the environment does). Part of it is the environment is such a complex problem that there is no stroke of the pen change, it is individual change that everyone has to take on.

    I have really enjoyed this whole blog challenge and have enjoyed reading everyone elses…. looking forward to tomorrows question about the lottery! I have always wanted to write about that and you will see why tomorrow!

    – A and Boom Boom’s Mom

  5. Having grown up around guns and hunting, I rarely give control a second thought. Haters are going hate, as the saying goes, so people who are killers will find a way to kill, through illegally getting guns or some other way. Well spoken post.

  6. I disagree, but as a gun owner and someone who has hunted this should not be surprising to you. I have known people that were able to protect themselves because of owning a gun. As Anna said, I do think criminals will get purchase them illegally if they are outlawed; yes, it may be harder, but it’s definitely possible.

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