Gun Control: The Time Is Now

I am a gun toting, second amendment advocating, NRA supporter who is ready to talk gun control. Enough is enough, America.

Children are going off to school with bulletproof panels in their backpacks because shootings have become so rampant here, and it seems to be the only way to protect them when guns are not going anywhere. In the very same country I myself grew up feeling safe in, another generation goes off to school and plays on the playground, worrying about bulletproof panels remaining secured. It is absolutely appalling, and to me revealing of the highest form of defeat.

A quote from 2015 from Dan Hodges comes to mind when I think of those children carrying these backpacks around : “In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.” He was right, and I feel it has only gotten worse rather than better.

Over the past few months there have been many moments where I’ve found myself asking over and over when will this stop?

For a while, I didn’t want to believe gun control could be a valid answer, because the majority of my life guns have been positive. They made me feel safe in my home growing up. They were a blast to take out in the woods and fire at cans with. And they were so important to our founding fathers that they were written into the constitution under the second amendment.

But, in the here and now, they seem to be doing much more harm. Watching the news and seeing shooting after shooting, I’ve been awaking more and more to the possibility that stricter regulation may just be an answer here.

This last major shooting, at the church in Sutherland Springs, occurred in a state with lenient gun laws, which shattered my perception that stricter cities were the ones seeing higher gun violence, proving gun control to be more harmful. And in Vegas, the guns were obtained legally and the shooter went through background checks, showing that these precautions aren’t fully effective. As a result of these tragedies, I am coming to realize that this can happen anywhere in America, so long as we continue to gnash our teeth at those proposing common sense solutions.

Acts of terror are becoming more common in America than I’ve seen in my lifetime, and guns are the weapon of choice in the majority of cases, so it only seems logical that we reconsider gun laws.

On November 5, 2017 a single AR-15 was used to take 26 lives in a church in Sutherland Springs.

On October 1, 2017 a shooter in Las Vegas took 58 lives and injured nearly 500 equipped with an arsenal of 23 weapons.

These two shootings are merely a month apart, and among the most devastating America has seen. There has to be a way to resolve this while respecting the second amendment, and the lives of Americans as well.

To conclude, I still believe in the power of self protection and preservation with the use of guns, but there need to be limits. The exact nature of which I am not sure yet, but I am ready to discuss them, and I feel more and more Americans are each day. Enough has become enough.

Contributing Editor: Kathryn Pearsall

Strong believer in compassion and humanity.

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