In The Aftermath of Las Vegas

For the past two weeks, I have been trying to think of what to post. I feel passionate about human rights, about the state of the world, about people’s happiness and safety. I just didn’t know where to start.

So I will start with this, I am a girl from Australia, I am almost certain that I can walk out of my house and spend hours in a shopping centre, in the city or at any event and I will not see a gun. If I go visit my friends in the country, on property; I may see a gun – used for hunting or clay disc shooting or even to fend off dingoes and foxes. In Australia we are lucky enough to be ensured the safety of not being gunned down in the street, to not be common victims to gun violence, however, we still have a strong gun culture.

I know that America has the second amendment, I know that people hold this amendment close to their hearts, but in my Australian opinion, it is outdated. This amendment was passed in 1791, Yes, almost 226 years ago. Every year so many Americans are dying from Gun violence and this blood keeps being shed because of a bill passed 226 years ago. Legislation needs to be passed so that innocent people don’t have to keep dying. The argument that I know comes after this is ‘but mass shootings are performed with illegal guns, tightening laws won’t do anything.’

The argument that I know comes after this is ‘but mass shootings are performed with illegal guns, tightening laws won’t do anything.’ This, however, is a blatant lie. In 1996 there was a mass shooting in Australia which killed 35 people and in the 18 years prior to/and including 1996, there were 13 mass shootings where 5 or more people were killed in each shooting, with a total of 104 deaths. That is a lot of death and a lot of bloodshed. Australia knew this, a law was enacted that banned fully automatic and semi-automatic guns nationally. As well as having a gun amnesty, in which people could hand in un-registered, or illegal guns; no questions asked. There has not been a mass shooting since. I’ll repeat that; There has not been a mass shooting since. Furthermore, all gun violence, including suicide has decreased since these laws were put into place. See the study Here in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

So after reading this, you may be thinking; what does this have to do with human rights? That’s a fair question. So let us turn to the third article ‘The right to life, liberty and personal security,’ and article twenty ‘The right to Peace.’

If people are threatened every day by gun violence how in the world can they have personal security?

What about the 58+ people who lost their lives at the shooting in Las Vegas, where is their right to life?

Where is the peace for the 500+ injured victims of the shooting and the hundreds, if not thousands of people who had to flee for their lives from a concert?

How can the United States not allow American citizens all of the Human Rights given to human beings when they are the ‘leaders of the free world.’

For the Victims and their families of the Las Vegas Shooting, my thoughts and condolences are with all of you, and I hope that one day we can wake up and see a little less of this.

All in all; Something needs to change, before this happens again.

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights

As many of us know, the United Nations (or UN) formed in 1945 after the atrocities of World War 2 and the Holocaust. This organisation came together to prevent such crimes against humanity occurring again and to be a Governing body of International Law. They are peacekeepers, humanitarians, educators, Lawmakers, and leaders in action against climate change.

However, in my opinion; one of the most important actions that the UN has performed was the creation and implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This important document has 30 articles (30 human rights) and declares the rights of every man, woman and child on planet earth. The articles cover a broad range of topics from slavery, to education, to religion and even living standards. Basically stating that every human being has the same rights and should be treated equally. A simplified list of these Human rights are below

  1. Freedom and Equality for all
  2. The right to be Free from discrimination
  3. The right to life, liberty and personal security
  4. The right to be free from slavery
  5. The right to not be tortured, or treated cruelly, inhumanly, or degraded as a form of punishment
  6. The right to be recognised as a person before the law
  7. The right to be seen equally in the eyes of the law
  8. The right to an effective national tribunal
  9. The right to not be arbitrarily arrested, detained or exiled unfairly
  10. The right to a fair public trial
  11. The right to be innocent until proven guilty
  12. The right to privacy
  13. The right to move freely in and out of each Country
  14. The right to seek asylum
  15. The right to a nationality
  16. The right to marriage
  17. The right to own property
  18. Freedom of religion and thought.
  19. Freedom of opinion and information
  20. The right to Peace
  21. The right to be a participate in Free Elections and Government
  22. The right to social security
  23. The right to do desirable work and to join trade unions
  24. The right to rest and leisure
  25. The right to adequate living standards and social protections
  26. The right to an education
  27. The right to culture of community
  28. The right to a free and fair world
  29. Freedom to complete Community Duties
  30. The right to Human Rights that nobody can take away

See the full document for The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Here:

It may (or may not) be hard to believe that many Western countries are in breach of at least a few of these 30 Human rights, and in their defence, some are easier to follow than others. However, as broad as the topics are that these Human Rights seem to cover, I personally believe that they are all important and should be met.

Furthermore, I think it is important that people have a better understanding of these Human Rights, why they are in place to protect all of us and to ensure that every human being is given enough to live a substantial life.