There are topics that can be open for discussion or taboo. The combined topics of weapons, people and society are sometimes both. The past events in the U.S. and in particular Columbine and Charleston are part of my reason to write this. I also think back to Western Europe where duels were a part of life and a code of conduct for certain social groups.
Over the course of thousands of years weapons have evolved from clubs to spears, bows, rapiers, pistols and various fire arms. Gun powder and metal tubes led to cannons which were made for battle ships and mini cannons for human use. Nowadays a fire arm can be a revolver, automatic or semi-automatic clip-loaded hand gun to begin with.
When you reason to why weapons exist the answer is simple. Weapons exist to hunt and kill. Hunters hunt for prey and warriors or soldiers kill to attack or defend. In 2015 that is still the case but the government, military and mainstream media do not like this factual presentation.
People are part of society. Society in a broad sense is often described as the people and the persons who lead and influence them. Leaders and influential persons are heads of state, politicians and government representatives who make decisions for their people. Each state has its own way of taking care of its people in society.
Here comes the difficult question that splits up everyone.
Who has the right (thus is obligated) to use weapons for society’s benefit?
There are no easy answers and why is simple. Those who have no weapon are more vulnerable than those who have a weapon. Additionally the ability to inflict injuries and death with weapons is generally easier. This ease requires education and training to use the weapon without using unnecessary effect thus force.
The weapon is the tool. How people, them being individuals or groups in society use weapons is the question. A person intent on hurting others should not be given a weapon. A person who cannot handle the ability and effect of a weapon should also not have a weapon. It makes sense, especially in society. The worst part about these topics is the context. Why did the individual do what he or she did?
To remain rational about the context of a violent act is difficult.