Stricter gun laws will not fix the problem.

Criminals — including school/movie theatre/grocery store shooters — are not going to abide by the law.

That’s why they’re criminals.

Great Britain banned handguns in January 1997 and immediately began to see the rate of homicides due to firearms quickly increase, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.

The homicide rate rose over 50 percent between 1997 and 2003.

Ireland banned guns in 1972, and within three years, murder rates rose drastically by approximately 35 percent, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Clearly, this shows that enacting stricter gun control laws does not ensure citizens’ safety — in fact, it hinders those seeking protection.

Within the United States, citizens own approximately 3 million non-military firearms, according to CNN.

Gun control is not going to work. Gun safety will.

Organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, are being vilified by the government rather than supported in their efforts to promote gun safety and responsible gun ownership.

Encouraging gun safety allows citizens to know how to protect themselves and others in dangerous situations.

The family of Quinn Copper, an alumnus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon who was killed in the attack on the college, spoke out about gun control, in a statement to the Daily Mail.

“If the public couldn’t have guns, it wouldn’t help, since sick people like (the shooter) will always be able to get their hands on a gun,” the family said in the statement. The Second Amendment to the Constitution states, “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.”

States and countries with strict gun control laws have shown that banning firearms does not help protect their citizens.

“We need to be able to protect ourselves as a community and as a nation,” Cooper’s family said in the statement. “Please don’t let this horrible act of insanity become about who should or shouldn’t have a gun.”