Gun advocates argue, legally so, that the second amendment grants them the right to own a gun. But, when twelve people die in a movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, 10 people have died in school shootings in 2012, and hundreds die on the streets of our cities, in our communities everyday, one has to ask oneself, whose rights are being protected?
We as a society must come to terms with the fact that gun violence in this country is out of control. It is unfortunate that there are some crazy people out there, and there are far more sane people, who sometimes lose control or make a careless mistake. In 2007, 613 people died from an unintentional shooting.
It is far too easy to get a gun in this country. Only ten states require someone obtain a permit to purchase a handgun, only Washington D.C. requires someone to obtain a permit to purchase a shotgun, and in many states in America it is possible for people to bypass background checks when purchasing a firearm through something called the gun show loophole. It is widely known that the U.S. has some of the most liberal gun control laws among Western countries.
It is time that we as American citizens start protecting OUR RIGHTS to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is not possible when guns threaten our schools, our movie theaters, and our communities. Please tell congress, that we demand a real solution to gun violence in this country that includes stricter gun laws. It is time that we as Americans speak out against fear, against violence and in support of our right to be free from gun violence.
Dear Members of Congress:
In light of the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, and the hundreds of deaths at the hands of guns that occur in the United States each year, we are urging you to take a stand in favor of increased gun control.
For decades, gun advocates have argued that the second amendment grants them the right to own guns. But, what about the rights of the twelve people murdered in a Colorado movie theater, or the 5 students shot at Chardon High School in Ohio, or the hundreds of Americans who die on the streets of our cities, in our communities every day? What about the right to life?
We have seen the consequences of liberal gun control laws over and over again. It is a demonstrated fact that states like Massachusetts that have stricter gun laws have fewer gun-related deaths. On the other hand, states like Arizona, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in broad daylight in January of last year, do far too little to control gun ownership and produce the fifth highest number of firearm related deaths in the nation. How many innocent Americans must die before we take action to fix America's gun violence problem?
Mayor Bloomberg of New York, U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy, and Senator Frank Lautenberg have all taken a stand in favor of increased gun control. It is time that Congress as a whole takes real action on the issue of gun violence in this country. That includes stricter gun laws and greater respect for everyone's right to live in a country without fear.