More background checks when purchasing an armed weapon in the United States

More background checks when purchasing an armed weapon in the United States

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Deja Bowers started this petition to Senator Bernie Sanders and

Here’s some background about me, because I think people care about that sort of thing. I'm Deja Bowers, a 14 year old, white, cis, female, born in America. Yes, pretty privileged and barely suppressed; I’d understand why you’d click away too. What do I know? I don’t have it that bad, but I'm very passionate about the topic and I’d really appreciate if people took the time to read what I am saying because I’ve done a lot of research and put a lot of thought into this and I don’t have any clue how to help the situation other than what I'm doing with this. 

Change won’t happen until people work for it, yes I'm aware that other people are providing and working towards this cause but the more, the better, right? Here's how I feel: Active shooters are disgusting, point blank period. What has changed since Columbine? “U.S. schools have undergone many other security and preparation upgrades these last two decades, and in the wake of Columbine, local police started storing school blueprints to help map out response plans.” (Emily Shapiro from ABC News). It's schools, schools have changed. Not guns. Not gun laws. Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. (EveryTownResearch.org) 

The title of an article by UsaToday states, ”El Paso Walmart shooting is the 250th mass shooting this year.” 250 mass shootings in 215 days. And all we have to show for it is dead citizens, damaged families, blame, and another tally on the list. Blame- blame gets us nowhere- we can all sit and blame others for why the shooting happened but at the end of the day it gets us nowhere, no progress is made in stopping our own citizens from acting in extreme violence. This type of ‘terrorism’ has been happening regularly for almost 20 years. My generation is becoming used to mass shootings. And that is what scares me the most. 

Some people my age will look at the news and see that 20 more people were killed. Sure they get sad but this is a regular occurrence, and one that is becoming normalized. That is disgusting. 

Very little is being done in the way of gun laws to prevent these situations from happening, no background or mental health checks, very little testing to get a gun license. And as my friends who live in UK made apparent to me: We sell guns an aisle or two away from where we sell baby diapers and groceries. You can buy a gun in almost any Walmart while you're picking up a bag of dog food and some yogurt. Also at many gun expos such as The West Gun Show, and Oaks gun show, guns can be sold without the buyer having a license because it can be considered a private exchange. As long as the seller’s main source of income isn’t selling the weapons. 


Picture this: You work at a gun shop. It isn’t hunting season. A customer walks in without a license requesting a gun, you tell them that they’ll have to wait 3 months to undergo a background check and a mental health analysis. Your customer gets mad about the wait for the gun. Would this not raise red flags? Why does the customer need the gun so soon? What are they planning on doing with it? 


Semi Automatics- Why does one need a gun with that much power? Surely not for shooting deer, that gun would tear an animal apart. Just a general question to think about. 


The Second Amendment- Ratified in 1791 when it took 15 minutes to load one ‘bullet’ into a gun, that didn’t have great accuracy. Don’t get me wrong, it's an amendment, citizens deserve the right to have guns but assault rifles were first used during World War II, the guns were made for war and now they are being sold to civilians with little to no questioning. Do I think the 2nd Amendment should include all guns? No. Do I believe that citizens should be able to purchase and hold guns? Yes. I just think that machine guns aren’t needed outside of war because they tear up their target in a way that isn’t necessary. 

My main point is that I'm tired of seeing a new shooting on the news every week, because not much is ever done about them. The fact that shooting and killing people is a thought that is rationalized in so many of these shooters minds shows that it is normalized. We’ve grown up practicing active shooter drills in school since 1st grade and never stopped to wonder why. 

What I’m trying to say is maybe if more background checks, mental health checks, and questioning was done prior to someone purchasing a weapon that is more than capable of killing another person. Just maybe the amount of mass shootings in our country would go down. Because if I'm being honest I am more than tired of going to school worried that my peers and I are in danger. I am sick of going to the movie theater and wondering if that hour could be my last. 

If you wouldn’t mind signing this petition for more background checks when purchasing a gun in the United State, it would be highly appreciated. Thank you. 

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