America, it’s time to talk

Andrew McMillan, Staff Writer

With the most recent addition to the growing list of mass shootings, I am very certain that my view on gun control has changed. Even with events such as Sandy Hook and the Orlando Night Club shootings, I still stood behind the façade that it was the person that committed the crime. Not the gun.

But now, with a concert full of people getting gunned down by a man with seemingly no motive, I have a hard time believing that allowing people to purchase firearms is, in any way, a good idea.

After reasonable contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that the argument “I need a gun to protect myself against someone with a gun” makes absolutely no sense. With that attitude, they cycle of gun distribution will never end. That logic prohibits any chance gun control change. And with easy access to guns, those that wish to do harm will be able to do so.

However, with the topic of gun control comes these questions: How do we control it? Should we ban all guns? Isn’t owning guns my second amendment right? And I honestly have no perfect answer. But I do know that firearms are essential to military and police forces, but not to the average American.

According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump vows to “undo any actions by President Barack Obama on gun control.” But I see no change happening anytime soon. Although, in times of extreme pain people tend to side with extreme ideas and beliefs. I honestly believe that firearms are not a necessity and most individuals shouldn’t have the ability to purchase or own one.

The thought of someone doing this amount of harm at a football game or a pep rally at my own school makes me feel sick. It is not that different and with guns in the hands of the wrong people, these acts could be performed with basically the same result in your own community. It’s time to wake up, America, and realize that guns aren’t essential and shouldn’t be in the public’s hands.