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Guns in America – Voices

“At the end of the day, it’s about the person carrying the gun. That’s the problem, not the gun.”
New York, NY
America just really needs a ‘come together’ moment because the things that are happening here are just ridiculous. What’s also ridiculous is people saying, ‘oh we need more strict gun laws and stuff.’ Personally, I don’t believe having stricter gun laws or non-strict gun laws is going to make a difference. To be honest, it stems deeper from that. When you see the news, people have different upbringings and that may affect the way that they behave. I hate to say it but with all these mass shootings, each suspect was a white terrorist. People have to understand that at the end of the day, it all applies with race. People don’t see black people shooting up schools, churches, and concerts. It is all about how you were raised and what makes the people shooting up schools act this way. As an African-American, if I acted a certain way or did something bad, my parents would give me spankings and shout at me. However, I feel that a lot of white parents have this catering issue where they are afraid to lay a hand on their child and when the child gets older and doesn’t get their way, they have a tantrum. So, having stricter gun laws or less strict gun laws isn’t going to make a difference. At the end of the day, it’s about the person carrying the gun. That’s the problem, not the gun. I grew up in Boston in a predominantly Black neighborhood. I went to school with people who would carry guns and knives to school. Not once did they stab someone or shoot someone. No one called the police on them. They were just students like me, and that goes to show that the weapon does not matter. Like I said before, it is the person behind the weapon that matters.
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