Strict gun control here should be relaxed

It came as a surprise when I moved here that Hawaii’s gun laws are some of the strictest in the country. I was discussing this with a friend, and he mentioned that the strict guns laws were worth it, as the gun violence is so low here.

Later I was talking to an older Filipino man about this. He grew up here and his parents moved to Hawaii in the era of sugarcane and pineapple fields. He told me, “Those gun laws were meant to keep people slaves.” Gun control was people control.

The gun laws of Hawaii are embedded in greed and power. To keep the unfairness of the poor in place not for protection of the people.

This year we have faced national unrest and new obstacles with COVID-19. We can see how fragile the shell of humanity is. How quickly society can fall apart. Hawaii is a strong, self-reliant state. Had the old Hawaiians been allowed to have been armed, it might be called the Nation of Hawaii today, not the state. I would have to agree with my older friend and say it is the culture, not the laws that keep Hawaii safer. With everything going on in the world, it may do Hawaii well to change their course and relax their gun laws. To look back on history and recognize that every person has rights that should not be removed. So that in future times they may be able to defend and provide for themselves.

Andrew Chapin



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