We Need Stronger Gun Control

We Need Stronger Gun Control

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Isabelle Hulefeld started this petition to President Joseph R. Biden and

Sandy Hook Elementary School: 27 people killed, 20 of them young children 

Las Vegas 2017: 58 people killed and almost 700 injured

Pulse Nightclub, Orlando: 49 people killed and more than 50 injured 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Parkland Florida: 17 people lost their lives, 14 of them, students 

As of June 1st, The Gun Violence Archive has counted 244 shootings where at least four people were killed. The shooting in San Jose last Wednesday marked the 15th mass murder involving a gun since the beginning of 2021. As a country, we have experienced so much gun violence that it is becoming more normal every day. We can't wait for another Sandy Hook or Parkland to push ourselves to make the necessary change. That is why for my 8th grade civics project, I am calling on our elected officials to create nationwide laws that do the following: 

1. Implement Stronger Background Checks 

A mandatory waiting period should take place before anyone is allowed to buy a gun. During that time a thorough background check would be run. This process would then be repeated every 5 years to ensure that the gun owner is still fit to own a weapon.

2. Create Certificates of Ownership for Firearms 

To own a gun, you should be required to have a certificate. Training, testing, and insurance are necessary. Making it harder to own a gun may reduce the number of guns that are in the wrong hands. 

3. Ban the Sale of Assault Weapons

No one should be able to purchase a military-grade or assault weapon in any state. A lot of the weapons used in mass shootings are these types of guns. 

For each of these proposed ideas, they must apply to not only public sales but private sales and gun shows.

This isn't enough, but hopefully, it's a good start at reducing the thousands of gun deaths and mass killings that happen every year. Please sign and share so our voices are heard. 

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