“Do something … Do something … Do something!” These two simple words drowned out Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s prepared response to the people who had gathered in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio—a place where just days earlier a mass shooting had occurred. If the governor didn’t know it before, he knows it now: the people of Dayton don’t just want words of condolences, they want DeWine to take action so that something this horrific would never happen again.
But it isn’t just the people of Dayton who are demanding action; people around the country are too. Why now? In a period of just two weekends, there were three mass shootings across the country. The first took place at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. The second took place at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and the third took place in the streets of the popular Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. In each of these incidences, the shooter openly fired into crowds. Many people were injured and at least thirty-four people were killed. Although investigations are ongoing, President Trump and other government officials have condemned these acts as acts of domestic terrorism (when people are attacked in their own country by their own countrymen).
Sadly, these three are just the latest in a series of tragic shootings that have taken place over the last few years in the United States. And while government officials talk about gun control measures after each of these incidences, little has been done to prevent future tragedies from happening. Why is it so tough to pass gun control laws? Well, like most things, it’s complicated. There are over 327 million people in the United States and almost everyone has an opinion about guns and gun control. Plus, there are gun manufacturers, sellers, and buyers—all of whom have a different reason for being for or against gun control. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself what gun control measures are exactly?
Here at Xyza, we asked that very question and decided to do some digging to help us better understand gun control in the United States and what’s being proposed now. We were also curious about other countries and their gun laws. We’ll be sharing this information over the next two weeks in this three-part series post.
Now, a few words from our co-founders …
Dearest Xyza-ers …
We know that gun violence is a serious topic, and sadly one that we’ve talked about much more than we ever thought we would in the past three years. But to ignore these tragedies and pretend that gun-related violence isn’t a problem is wrong. Let’s use knowledge as our most powerful weapon to make this world a better place. We’re counting on you—our future global citizens. Your kindness, understanding, and compassion will go far in making not only this country, but the world, a home where everyone feels loved and safe. After all, whether you’re pro-gun control or anti-gun control, we’re all pro-people, aren’t we? Like we always say to our children, we’re all human—let’s take care of each other.
– Sapna and Joann