by Sana Saeed
About a week or two ago, my mom had a close friend whose only child died. She was so depressed and her child was only 18 years old. He was going home after a party when he got shot near his own house. His mother said that he was a good boy and innocent.
Guns were once meant to protect but now all they do is take away innocent lives. The Newtown Massacre, Taft High School Shooting, Colorado Theater Massacre, the list goes on…
Violent and often mentally unstable people, aided by weapons obtained legally or illegally, kill others over a stare, religion, physical appearance, or for no reason whatsoever. Instead of getting into fist fights, they have upgraded to gun fights or shoot outs. During gun wars, innocent people can simply be on the streets, walking: Hiram Lawrence would vouch for that.
Everyone should care about enacting tougher gun control laws. Why? Because you never know who might get killed next. It could be you or someone you love. Gun control is never an issue until someone you know gets killed.
When a tragedy hits home, in a small, “safe” community in Connecticut, everyone starts talking about working together to make a positive, loving, safe community for all of us. Even the president.
As the days and years go by, these massacres are taking more and more lives and leaving behind scars that may never heal. As a 15-year-old, I have witnessed many deaths and shoot outs over stupid reasons. That is why I care so much that a person only acquire a gun legally, with a license and through tough licensing procedures.
Most of the authors of the mass shootings and massacres are mentally unstable (Newtown) or gang rivals (Oakland, or so says the police chief). It shouldn’t matter if 20 kids die in one day or if one single kid is murdered in front of his house. Lives are lost and will never be returned.
Or maybe the problem is that obtaining a gun permit is too easy. In fact, most of the mass shootings in 2012 were made by legally obtained ammunition and weapons, some including high caliber rifles.
On December 14, mentally ill Adam Lanza drove to school in Newtown, Connecticut, and shot and killed 20 children ( 12 girls and 8 boys between the ages of 6 and 7) plus six adults, his mother and himself.
The mentally ill shouldn’t roam the streets: they need constant medical attention and should not be free to practice shooting at a rifle range, to buy weapons and to target their victims. Put them on a short leash, please.
Don’t let just anyone take advantage of the second amendment (the right to bear arms). It’s just another excuse to own a gun and to kill.