Congress: Create Meaningful Gun Regulations!

Congress: Create Meaningful Gun Regulations!

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SL Engel started this petition to U.S. Senate and

I'm a student. I go to class everyday and worry about being shot up, because it's obvious that at some point in time, my school is going to be the one that's shot up. I go to places like the grocery store or a park or, now, thanks to the Odessa Highway Shooting, the middle of the street in my car and worry about being shot. 

I'm sick of worrying. I'm sure you are, too. 

And we've come up with a bunch of so-called solutions to these problems, from bullet-proof backpacks to the "safe corner" in schools to even the ludicrous idea that carrying a gun yourself will save you from being shot, (did the open carry rules in Texas help people in El Paso?) There are federal regulations being made about this, (again, but even those don't work, somehow.) Et cetera, et cetera. 

But there is one common flaw with all of these solutions: instead of being proactive solutions, these are all reactive solutions. 

These solutions only seek to ease the symptoms of being shot, instead of attacking the root cause of all this trouble: hate, America's Toxic Gun-carrying Culture, assault rifles, and even accessibility, which has been addressed but, somehow, hasn't done too much in the way of stopping shootings. None of these reactive solutions have done anything to stop shootings. All they've done is cemented the reality of being shot at some point in the near future into the heads of all Americans. 

These reactive, almost passive solutions have shown everyone that this fear of being shot and pity and "prayers" for those who do get shot is the new normal. This isn't normal, and we all know it. 

So why are we all sitting back? All US citizens have the right to petition the government, as said in the first amendment. Should we be content in letting people who haven't done anything to stop the shooting epidemic in the past dictate what change happens in the future?

It's up to us to make Proactive Gun Control and Gun Reform happen. It's up to us to look at the data, look at the constitution, and look at the flaws in our society to come up with proactive solutions to this problem. 

Because otherwise, it won't. 

 

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