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How I Would Feel Safer With Gun Control

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Long Island, NY

I’m definitely in support of gun control in America because I don’t believe guns make people safer; they just promote more violence. If I knew people around me were carrying guns, I would not feel safe at all. You never know anyone’s mental states or what someone is thinking about doing at a certain moment.

I don’t want to have to worry about escape plans or what I’d do if I came in contact with a shooter.

Gun control laws have obviously worked in other countries; Australia implemented gun control laws after one mass shooting and hasn’t had one since. I do not think the second amendment of the right to bear arms still applies today because we’ve developed so much as a society since the constitution was written. There weren’t mass shootings when the constitution was signed because guns weren’t as advanced.

Back then, it took a long time to load a gun and shoot even one bullet, but now you could literally kill dozens of people in seconds. It’s totally different now. Things have changed and we shouldn’t be using old policies that don’t apply any more. Recently, one politician said that the kids affected by the Parkland shootings should not be out fighting for gun control, but rather, taking CPR classes. We should not have to resort to what we do after the fact, once it’s already too late. We need to stop them before they happen!

People are saying teachers should be armed now. But teachers shouldn’t have to worry about killing a shooter and protecting the lives of children. They should be worried about educating our future, because that is their job! They did not sign up to have this huge responsibility that really weighs on someone’s conscience.

My professor told our class she thinks about school shootings at times. She even shared her escape plan that we would use if anything were to happen. My teacher shouldn’t have to think like that, but we live in such a corrupt society that we need to have these horrible thoughts because of how easily anyone can get a gun.

I really think education and awareness is the most important thing right now. It seems like we live in a society where nothing is changing, despite all of the horrible things that keep happening. Everyone thought there would be stricter gun laws after Sandy Hook, but time and time again it keeps happening and nothing changes. When will we learn? When will they listen?

I think awareness of the severity of what is happening and more people coming out with their stories about how gun violence has affected them is the most important step in ultimately getting stricter gun control laws.

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“I’m in support of gun control in America, but there’s a lot of disagreement as to what that means.”
Colorado Springs, CO
I’m in support of gun control in America, but there’s a lot of disagreement as to what that means. Do I support a complete weapons ban? No. That is not only unreasonable, but also unconstitutional.

Do I support stricter enforcement of existing gun laws? Yes. Do I support more restrictions on gun ownership? That depends on the specific restriction.

According to our constitution, ‘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.’ All rights have some reasonable limits, including gun ownership.

Gun ownership is not a natural right; it is an insurance policy to protect rights from infringement. Do I believe an armed citizen uprising could overthrow a modern military? I highly doubt it, but I do not know what the future holds.

I grew up in a gun-owning family. Our community was very conservative and had a large military presence, so guns were common. Many incidents shaped my views on guns.

A friend of a friend killed herself at around 14 using her father’s gun. Her father was a member of the Army Special Forces, and he raised his children to understand the rules of gun safety. They were entrusted with the combination to the gun safe in case they needed to defend their home while he was deployed.

My father was the typical law-abiding gun owner until he wasn’t. His mental health deteriorated quickly during my parents’ divorce, and he became a danger to himself and others.

At his therapist’s request, he handed his guns over to his brother, so he could not harm anyone. If my father had been unable to afford a therapist, he probably would have kept his guns, and who knows what would have happened.

The high rate of gun ownership is the only possible cause of this problem. Everywhere in the world violent video games are sold, mental health issues exist, and teenagers bully each other.

What separates America from the rest of the developed world is the sheer number of guns out there. Strict enforcement of existing gun laws, gun locking requirements, and owner liability laws could curb the problem.

America needs a less abrasive, more open public dialogue about guns for anything to change. I have friends on both sides of the issue, and the overlap in opinions between the two groups is striking. While they are in agreement that some gun control is necessary, each side has misconceptions about the intentions of the other.

We can also change the way the media covers mass shootings. We are in the midst of a nationwide school shooting chain.

The media dwells on school shooters in a way that encourages other potential shooters to act. They become famous and their motives are analyzed on national television, which almost provides a sense of justification to some.

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“People have a right to life. A gun can very easily steal that right.”
Middletown, NJ
I am in support for gun control because I feel something as strong and lethal as a gun must be accountable. It cannot be ignored anymore.

It is not a human right to carry a gun. People have a right to life. A gun can very easily steal that right.

While it was written in the constitution and the second amendment- it was written in a different time. Back then, people had muskets. It would have taken longer to reset them and put in a new bullet, and those were primarily used for hunting or in lieu of lacking a militia.

Now they can be discharged and reloaded much quicker. When you consider the time, it’s not the same. When you consider the constitution- it does not apply to the weapons we have today.

I can understand if you feel safer depending on your area. If you’re in a high crime area, like in a major city, you have more threat available than you would in a suburb.

I don’t feel that owning a gun in a suburb would make you safer- there is more risk in the household. That equals to more danger than safety.

The Sandy shooting made me more cynical. It gave me no hope that gun reform would be in our future. If someone can shoot up a school, and nothing is done to change it, it makes me feel that nothing would ever be changed.

It makes me feel that we are not protected, even as much as I want people to feel safe. Especially little kids who have no real concept of danger, or someone wanting to harm them.

The main problem is availability. A problem is that using a gun to kill is accomplished so much quicker than with a knife. They are not as lethal, as quick, nor do they give you the same body count.

When given both options, the gun will take targets down faster. The availability of a gun makes it so much easier.

Obviously, there is more to be discussed behind it, whether it’s because of anger management or mental handicaps- or being pushed to a certain edge. But it’s hard to tackle such an issue, and I guess every person would have their own process to get them.

With guns there should be more processes if you want to prove you can handle a gun, have the right mental state, or the ability to dismantle one if there was ever a time to. I hope that with all our generations, something can be done. Whether it’s helping someone’s mentality or doing some kind of gun reform or checks and balances- here’s hoping we can make the number of shootings a little less in 2019.

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“Statistically, gun violence is more likely occur when guns are on the premises.”
New York City, NY
While I cannot necessarily bolster the conception that gun violence in the U.S. is directly tied to a single ‘root cause,’ I would not hesitate to suggest that many of the causes of gun violence are well-defined. I feel inclined to first dismiss two theories I believe to be little more than distractions some people choose to use in the ‘gun debate’ and while I will exclude a deep statistical analysis from my response, I’d encourage anybody reading this to do a simple Google search on the subjects, respectively.

Gun violence is in no way directly linked to entertainment, specifically video games and television. The research has been conducted and this myth from the 1980s has been thoroughly crossed out. If anything video games can act as an outlet for an otherwise troubled and aggressive person.

On the other side of the political spectrum is a myth that gun violence is a product of an entitled cis white male population. While there have been many white men who have committed mass shootings, gun violence is a significant problem in the black community, not to mention the fact that (once again) not every mass shooter is white or male.

The foremost issue facing the United States is the sheer number of firearms within the country. Statistically, gun violence is more likely occur when guns are on the premises. While this may seem obvious, one would be surprised at the number of people who simply do not realize this.

This, however, is a difficult issue to deal with. While more stringent background checks will certainly help the issue, other methods like gun buy backs have routinely failed.

Another problem, while too extensive in scope for me to cover here, is the crime rate among impoverished communities. This is a pertinent issue in the black community, but I believe that we can observe it’s effects on gun violence amongst whites as well. Consider some of the stereotypical perpetrators of gun violence, black men in street gangs and white men in neo-fascist organizations, both of which tend to coagulate in impoverished areas.

Yes, what I am getting at here is only the tip of the iceberg and I certainly believe some statistics would be vital to making a more thorough argument. Gun violence is not rooted in a single cause but will require a more careful and conscientious approach.

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