The nationwide movement calling for more severe gun control led by high school students is now spreading in the U.S. Whenever a mass shooting incident occurred in the past, the necessity of more severe gun control was discussed, and the movement for it spread, only to fade away. In February, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the mass shooting by a former student occurred, and 17 people were killed and some were injured. Soon after the tragedy, the survivors rose up to start the campaign for demanding more severe gun control. About 100 students traveled from the school to the state capital, and thousands of students walked out of lessons at schools. This movement has now led to several million people’s demonstrations all over the U.S. It has also become a large wave toward the political conflicts.
Gun control is the oldest and yet the newest problem, and one of the most serious problems in the U.S. As those who have lived in the U.S. would understand, it is really a serious problem in American people’s daily life. I have been praying for the best solution of this problem by all possible means since my youth. However, according to Mr. Masayuki Takayama, a journalist and a historian, it is not easy to solve this problem. (Please refer to “Henken Jizai (Different Opinions by Different Angles),” by Masayuki Takayama, in the Weekly Magazine, Shukan Shincho, April 12, 2018.
One aspect of American history has been killing each other between European immigrants to the New Continent (white Americans) and Native Americans also known as American Indians, and African slaves. Grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was killed by Indians right in front of his sons when he was working on a farm without his gun. George Washington, the First President of the U.S., and other politicians had African slaves, but if they did not wear guns, they would have been killed. In 1791, soon after the ‘Declaration of Independence’ of the U.S., the Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution was enacted. It stipulates, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, but the incidents of killing each other have never stopped primarily because of the racial discrimination.
Nowadays, white Americans appear to be living a peaceful life, but they are constantly in fear that they might be retaliated by black people whose ancestors were treated cruelly by white Americans’ ancestors. Shooting incidents are happing at schools almost every week, and the road rage shootings are occurring on the highways frequently in the U.S. While walking in the streets, or driving on the roads, white Americans fear black people’s retaliation. The only thing they can turn to is the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. I am afraid that even when a young white man caused the mass shooting at a school in Florida in February, American citizens, both white and other Americans, who fear being killed by the gun, would not give up possessing guns.