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Guns in America – Voices

“It’s not a toy, this needs to be taken seriously.”
Manhattan, NY
The current climate with guns in America is a very touchy topic. Personally, I feel that we need to have stricter policies in regards to gun laws, there’s been a lot of mass shootings in recent years and I think that’s a testament to our lack of policies involving gun control.

About the Parkland shooting getting national coverage, that’s a good thing because it’s a topic that needs to be talked about and the fact that there are people of our generation taking it seriously and getting mass news coverage, I think that’s a great thing. But it’s hard not to see the difference in the Parkland shooting and shootings that are happening every day in Black communities. It’s brushed to the side, it has become a norm. We don’t get national coverage, even though shootings in our communities happen more frequently with police shootings, we’re targets.

The idea of teachers being armed sounds like a recipe for disaster. Honestly, if I were a parent, I wouldn’t feel comfortable sending my child to school where teachers are armed. I feel that would do more harm than good. Hypothetically, suppose someone comes into the school with a weapon, what is it going to turn into? A war zone? You have teachers basically shooting back at terrorists. It doesn’t sound smart, and it doesn’t sound safe. And I don’t support that.

If I had to come up with a solution, I’d say we need an extensive analysis of the person buying a gun; mental health, criminal history, and background checks. I don’t think that someone with mental health issues or a young person under the age of 21, needs to have a gun. Vendors need to know who they’re selling the weapon to and if they have the idea of intentionally harming someone. It’s not a toy, this needs to be taken seriously.

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