To all citizens of the United States: Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and 6 adults were shot dead by a gunman in an elementary school in Connecticut. Almost at the same time on the other side of globe in China, 25 elementary school students were wounded by a knife attack, however not one person did not make it out alive. The reason why all of these children will be able to return home once again is because China has enacted laws ensuring that not everyone with merely an identification and drivers license can obtain a gun. We will never be able to prevent mass murderers from existing in our society, however we can decide whether we want our children recovering in the hospital after an attack like this, or dead. We can not stop the killing done by a semi-automatic weapon even if we are staying with our kids or having a body guard. But most likely, we can stop the killing from a knife attack.
Gun manufacturers make billions of dollars from blocking gun control and spend millions every year campaign for “freedom and the rights to bear arms”. How much more of our blood can we afford to shed to maintain these industries? Countries like Japan and Norway are proving that we are falling farther and farther behind developed countries where people live a better life without wielding guns.
The right to bear arms ends when the 89 percent of Americans who own guns were unable to protect 20 children from being shot dead, and when the good these arms do is a nearly nonexistent drop in the sea of tragedy that they cause. Particularly, semi- and automatic weapons and carrying guns anywhere outside his or her own property have completely changed the intention of “self-defense”. Banning the use of all automatic weapons and having more strict gun control laws are the first steps to take in ending these fully preventable tragedies in the United States.
I therefore ask my fellow Americans, instead of watching TV or reading the Internet waiting for seeing the next tragedy happen, let's take some actions. Please sign the petition.
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