In 2015, 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Abuse of substances such as heroin and prescription pain killers has lead to a rise in deaths. Heroin deaths have risen 23 percent in one year, opioids 73 percent and prescription drugs four percent. Gun deaths on the other hand, have only risen seven percent. So are drugs more dangerous than guns? America certainly has been fighting drugs longer than guns. The war on drugs began in 1971, when President Nixon coined the term, giving a new look on what is considered dangerous. But guns were almost protected from the beginning of America, the right to bear arms is in the Constitution. They were embedded in what Americans believe, it was how America became America. So which is actually more dangerous? Chemicals that are killing addicted people, or weapons massacring people? Are the people who have a problem, and need help dangerous? Those addicted and those mentally unstable with a weapon can both be viewed as helpless. There could be excuses for both sides. Both things cause deaths. Both things are man made. Both things have reasons for existing. It is when those things get used for the wrong reasons that they become a problem.

Published by Chelsea Hinkofer