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Should we have stricter gun control laws?


Subhead: Where do we draw the line?

Gracie Miller

I’m sure you’re all aware of the tragic event that happened this past week in Las Vegas. In light of that, I feel as if we, as a community, and as a nation, need to discuss the topic of gun control. Do we need stricter gun control laws? How do we make more stringent gun laws without it seeping into our other rights? Why is America the only country that has this problem, and how have other nations fixed this issue?

Have you ever heard the idiom, “once it’s out, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube?” I feel like that phrase, accurately describes America’s current gun situation. They’re already out there, people already have access to them, and there’s no turning back now. People aren’t going just to give up their guns, I mean, after all, it is their second amendment right to carry guns. You can’t just take peoples guns or rights away, even if it is an automatic weapon that citizens have absolutely no business having.

Which leads me into my second point, I am not a big fan of guns. Some people are hunters, guns make other people feel safer when walking home alone at night, I understand why some people want to carry guns, but personally, I don’t like them. I also do not believe people who aren’t in the military should have access to military grade weapons. Stephen Paddock should not have been able to obtain a lot of military grade guns, but he did. According to ABC News, Paddock had reportedly been buying guns and creating his gun stockpile since 1982. He purchased 33 guns just within the past year alone. So another question I have is, would changing these laws even stop people from obtaining military grade weapons? Drugs are illegal, but people still find plenty of ways to get their hands on those. Criminals are always going to find a way around the laws, so are stricter laws even going to help us now? Are more stringent gun laws even something this country will be able to accomplish considering the people who are in power right now.

I feel as if the American’s who don’t want stricter gun laws think that way because they’re afraid of what comes after that. As I mentioned before, it is our right to be able to bear arms, so what happens when they put restrictions on that right or entirely takes it away from us? Will that be the beginning of more of our rights, like freedom of speech being revoked? Isn’t that what Hitler did when he rose to power in Nazi Germany, slowly making more rules and taking away rights. America, the land of the free can’t-do something like that. So the question is, how to make stricter regulations on guns without completely taking them away and seeping into our other rights? I feel like this is a question that has no right answer, but at the same time, something needs to be done about this. We need to band together and find a solution to this problem.

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