Regulate and restrict the purchase of ammunition in Massachusetts
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As of 2016, the United States has fallen victim to 31% of the world’s mass shooters, despite only hosting 5% of the world’s population. In recent events, this horrifying percentage has undoubtedly risen. Gun violence in America has come to be something perpetual. Children grow up seeing flags at half mast every other day. Students are taking moments of silence much too often. Tragedy hits in blows disproportionate to the rest of the modern world.
Our constitution makes us entitled to own firearms, and it is understandable how we as a country would ideally like to follow its principles. However, these shootings have proven beyond any stretch of doubt that the limits of this privilege need to be altered, no matter how difficult that may be.
Our proposal is not to ban the usage of firearms, as past events have shown us that contradicting the second amendment will likely not work. However, restricting and further regulating access to ammunition would help prevent people from acquiring the resources to commit mass shootings. It is a route that strays from the usual solution to these problems, but it seems like a compromise to people who insist on owning guns.
As Massachusetts Governor, we ask that you pioneer this change. Hopefully, your actions in Massachusetts can elucidate a peaceful path to safety and security for other states, and even prevent attacks like the most recent shooting in Las Vegas. Thank you very much, and it is our hope that you will consider this proposal.
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