End the sales of semi-automatic weapons and sniper weapons!

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Disclaimer* There are a ton of shootings I did not include because the list is so long. I do respect all those affected due to shootings/gun violence. Feel free to comment any shootings you would want to be noticed. 

 

On November 22, 1963, Harvey Oswald, a trained U.S. Marine sniper, assassinated President John F. Kennedy. On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a trained Marine sniper as well, was on the observation deck of the UT tower and murdered seventeen people. and his mother and wife. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza who was mentally unstable, murdered twenty first-graders, six educators, and his mother. On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen murdered forty-nine citizens. Just recently Stephan Paddock murdered fifty-nine concert goers. What do all these atrocious murders have in common? Each one of the murders had semi automatic weapons. Shootings like the ones I mentioned affect all of Americans. Our safety is never guaranteed with these weapons around us. These guns are so easily attainable with a simple google search of "where to purchase a gun". 

In order for these weapons to be illegal we, the people of America, must press our government for change. For sellers, they must meet guidelines to legally sell firearms. For buyers, they will undergo back ground checks. However, this is not enough. A stable person who is able to get through the back ground checks could easily turn and cause another mass shooting. Banning the sells of semi automatic weapons would not encroach our second amendment because the sells of hand guns that are not semiautomatic weapons would be legal such as a revolver. 

Having a law that would ban semi-automatic weapons would help all students feel a bit safer on campus. My mother is a teacher and I always fear something terrible would happen to her because of a weapon. Having this law in place would also ease anyone who has anxiety surrounding a possible shooting when they are part of a crowd. 

 

 



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