Saturday, March 17, 2018

Gun Control by Shania Arora

When adults tell me I have the right to own a gun, all I can hear is my right to own a gun outweighs your student's right to live. All I hear is mine, mine, mine, mine.
[Crowd chants] Shame on you
They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.
[Crowd chants] Throw them out”

That was the transcript from Emma Gonzalez’s now famous speech, We Call B.S..
For a continuous eleven minutes, Gonzalez spoke about gun violence and how it affects the world today, especially the teens “who don’t know what they’re talking about”. Gonzalez had brought up several points about the gun control legislation being declined, and more importantly, how the NRA funds many politicians to maintain power within the government. It’s no longer about parties and beliefs, our government officials rely on money for power, to flourish that inner greed that was taught to everyone: “money gets you to places; money buys happiness”.
This article isn’t going to be long for one reason, everything I want to say has already been said, and no one is listening or will listen anytime soon. It’s as if people don’t want to pay attention to the obscene rise is mass shootings. There have been over 9,000 incidents just in the past two months relating to gun violence. 9,000. There shouldn’t be hesitation to a total gun ban or at least automatic weapons. Like Emma had stated, these are senseless tragedies that have no place. We could have eliminated this problem years ago. The first school shooting was in in 1764, when four Lenape Indians invaded a school house and killed a teacher and approximately nine children. From there, every decade from the 1840’s-on have had shootings in American schoolhouses. It started at one, then three, to eight, and now a record of over 100 in the past decade.
These shootings are not simply getting more frequent, but also getting more deadlier.
Recorded, 2,000 plus people have died in a gun related accident in the 2018 year, 500 of them being students. This isn’t acceptable. No student should have to die in an environment where they’re to learn, where they are supposed to be safe. No person should have to die.
The first mass shooting took place in Philadelphia, 1949, after WWII. A 28-year-old veteran, Howard Unrah, had become enraged after a series of events led to a bad day. He was ready to see a blind date, but got stuck in traffic and his date left. He was saddened and angry, stewing in his dark car until 3 am, where he came home to find his apartment fence was broken by one of his neighbors. This broke him. In the night, Unruh made a list of who he planned to shoot, people who had wronged him, and the next day, he shot 13 people in a 20 minute period. Once he was caught, it was discovered the Howard was “mentally unstable”. No one had ever suspected the Veteran to do such a thing. Unrah was a gay man living in the late-forties. He was an abnormal man to society, and he was open about it to the psychologists that examined him. He also stated that he told his only girlfriend that he was gay and she left him when he described himself as a “schizo”.
This goes to show that mass shootings have always been about rage and people who are deemed different from the rest. And this also shows how the least suspecting people are always the one who commit the crime. This was a respected man of the country. So mental health and background checks won’t stop this. No one can read minds. You just have to take all the guns away. I know many don’t believe in this because “of their second amendment rights”, but here’s a reality check: the second amendment was written for the militia, or the local army, not for the commoners. If you live in a dangerous area where crime is high, then I understand if you have a pistol under your pillow at night or if you abide by the open carry law. But we have a military defense, we don’t need to protect ourselves with a rifle. And on that topic, hunting is not a sport, unless you actually depend to the meat to survive (rural areas). If not, then you don’t need to have and arsenal in your basement.
I know this will take time, to even just change school policies, but I know we can get there. Slowly, politicians will realize that the death toll is hurting their career and they’ll want to do something about it. They might start with heavier background checks and schools will probably have a guarded entrance where everyone is searched. Then, possibly, certain guns will be banned and certain people may not be able to get access to weapons anymore. Finally, the second amendment is either changed or removed completely, and we won’t have to deal with this issue anymore. But that’s in an ideal world. Years from now, I hope the legislation will be changed all together because our generation will finally have a say in what’s been going on. We will finally be able to show the adults what we’ve been talking about, and maybe, it will stop for real.
All we can do for now, is keep rallying and saying our piece, because every small action leads into a big change.

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