Reform Gun Control Laws
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There have been too many incidents concerning gun violence in which students cannot go to school without the threat of gun violence looming over their heads. Security measures have been taken to prevent a massacre such as the ones we've witnessed from occurring. According to Everytown's count of shootings, in 2018 alone, there have been eighteen school shootings. Although there are fallacies in this statistic, this does not change the facts that gun violence still occurs, and we will still have our politicians sitting in the office saying, "Guns don't kill people-- people kill people."
The problem with this statement is that it sets an example for the mindset of impressionable youth of the future generations. It also shows how the nation's lack of initiative in reforming our gun control laws has negatively impacted the lives of many-- the dead, injured, their loved ones, classmates, and many others.
That phrase has become one that my fellow classmates have become accustomed to saying. Those politicians who refused to reform gun laws are mostly older people who think their laws that worked will continue to be beneficial for modern generations. That simply isn’t the truth; with a changing society, we need laws that suit our needs and safety. Perhaps these politicians believe that these laws may have worked in their time, but the damage we've seen throughout this past year and beyond shows that laws must change in order to ensure our safety.
This is not a proposal to outright ban guns; don't misinterpret. That would be a violation of Second Amendment laws and therefore unconstitutional. There are other alternatives to encourage reform. The right to own and fire a gun could be limited to people who have attained a certain age, have had a thorough mental health and background check, the requirement of having a storage to place firearms, a license and proper training, and teaching our younger generations to be socially conscious. Restrictions and limitations, however, are among one of the many solutions.
Although the legal voting age in the United States is 18, youth still have an active role in influencing the policies of the American government. Your voice, despite your age, is still heard. The current and future generations are only able to make these changes if we speak up by creating and signing petitions, participating in peaceful protests, contacting our local or state representatives, and doing what our generation knows best-- using technology and social media to encourage reform.
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