Nicholas Slobin/ Courier Illustration showing the locations of the three shootings that took place in Fresno, Calif., Santa Clarita, Calif., and Duncan, Okla.
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This past week, the U.S. experienced multiple mass shootings within a four day span, with two of them happening within 24 hours of each other. When one shooting occurs, more shootings follow. These recent shootings have brought the attention back once again to the never ending debate of gun control. Shootings in the United States aren’t a surprise to anyone anymore, people are constantly saying “enough is enough,” however, 375 mass shootings later, it still isn’t.

Why fight so hard to keep the possession of firearms, when all we’re getting in return are meaningless “thoughts and prayers” that people are becoming numb to? Sacrificing lives is not worth the possession of weapons.

The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Some people might view it as we have the right to have guns to protect ourselves against a tyrannical government.

What the pro gun advocates can’t seem to grasp is that nearly no one is trying to ban guns completely. All people want is to regulate these weapons by making them harder to obtain. What people want is for young teenagers to not be able to obtain guns to go on killing sprees whenever their hearts desire. The Santa Clarita shooter was a student himself, 16, who had the capability of getting his hands on a .45 caliber pistol, which could’ve been avoided if only the law was more strict. 

Over the years, guns have been falling into the wrong hands a lot easier than they should be. People aren’t worrying about the military barging through their door and having to defend themselves. People are worried about going to school and movie theatres. Going to school shouldn’t have to be a place of fear, and neither should the everyday task of grocery shopping. 

As a result of living in a country that experiences so many shootings, trauma is created. Being in public creates a sense of fear and paranoia. People will run at the sound of a motorcycle passing by because it triggers the sound of gunshots, resulting in panic and injuries. With any little noise that happens, people assume the worst because if you’re not safe at school, what makes you any more safe anywhere else? 

The United States is one of the top countries for gun homicides. Stricter gun laws will result in less mass shootings. People can argue that those with malicious intent will still find ways to possess them, however the opportunity will be much harder for them to do so. It won’t be in a way that’s capable of wiping out people by the masses in a few seconds.

Unless action is taken into changing these gun laws, mass shootings are going to continue to happen. Although with the current state of the government, it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

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