Ban Assault Rifles In Medford, MA

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When will enough be enough? When will the bloodshed of our children stop? Massacres in the United States involving guns are most prevalent in schools. The deadliest of them are the 1998 shooting of Columbine High School, the 2012 shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and most recently, the Stohame Douglas High School shooting. We not only as citizens, but also as concerned Medford High students, believe that it would be in the best interest of our community if we proposed a ban of assault rifles.

Assault riffles include but are not limited to the AR-15 and AK-74 which are commonly used in mass shootings. In Columbine high school, 15 were killed and 21 injured, at Sandy Hook, 28 were killed, and at Stohame Douglas High School, 17 died and 14 were injured. These attacks were all executed by none other than citizens of the community themselves, commonly students. We would also like to recognize the constitutional right many argue that they have to gun ownership, but we provide the counter-argument that what we are proposing is for the protection of the members of this community and our children.

This topic to the Medford Community must be emphasized due to the injustices and lack of transparency by the Medford Public Schools Administration. On February 22, 2018 a school committee meeting was held to address the discovery of a gun magazine with ammunition at the McGlynn Middle and Elementary schools. This incident occurred on December 28, 2017 and was not formally reported until Friday, February 16, 2018. This news also comes simultaneously with the arrest of a Medford man who made allegations that he had planned to conduct a school shooting. This is unacceptable and raises doubts on the safety of our schools and the trust we put into our elected officials. 

Due to this, it is up to us, the concerned citizens and students of Medford, to emphasize the proposition that our community is built upon; for the progress, safety, and well-being of our community, banning weapons of mass destruction. We would also like to note that assault rifles in Medford are not the direct problem, yet as students in Medford High, we needed to do something in our community that might keep us safe if the system can’t.

Enough is enough.

-Maria Carmona, Shubhecchha Dhaurali

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