Fighting fire with fire won't work

October 6, 2015

 

They say not to vote for anyone who tries to take one of your rights away.


Although I completely agree, I think it is important for us to understand we live in a society that is extremely different from when the Constitution was written. 


The events that took place Oct. 1 in Roseburg, Oregon have once again brought up a hot issue: gun control.


We often hear “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” but we have to take into consideration the kinds of firearms they had when writing the Second Amendment and what they were used for.


Guns in 1791 were single-shot weapons, loaded though the muzzle and fired by means of a flintlock. The process to shoot and reload was time consuming.


Today we have guns like the AK-47 magazine-fed automatic rifle and the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Nothing compared to the weapons used in 1791.


It is our right to own guns but the problem comes when they fall into the wrong hands. It has become extremely easy for someone to purchase these weapons and do what they wish with them.


The argument is that if more people have guns, then we can defend ourselves and those around us from other people with guns. But where is this going to take us?


Support for the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from criminals and other dangerous people. But it is simply too easy for the wrong people to get guns.


According to everytown.org, Americans are 20 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. This tells us one thing; our laws dealing with guns are not working. 
I don’t think taking our right of owning guns is the ideal thing to do, but what we do need is more gun control. 


Since the tragedy in Columbine, there have been 31 school shootings and our law makers have yet to regulate the owning of guns. How many more tragedies will our nation have to witness before something is done to stop this?


The new campus-carry bill goes into effect for two-year college campuses on Aug. 1, 2017 and for four-year college campuses on Sept. 1, 2016.


What will we see when students and faculty begin to bring their weapons to our campus? Will we still see mass shootings at schools or will other gun holding people gun down the killer?
 

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