There’s no need for automatic weapons – period

It seems as if the deaths of innocent people have been multiplying these past couple months. Whether that be due to terrorism from foreign countries or from the bullets of an American, I’ve had enough.

To put it bluntly, I’m pissed. Innocent people should not be dying in vain no matter what.

Just recently, we’ve seen three tragedies on our soil: the Las Vegas Shooting, the terror attacks from ISIS in New York, and the church shooting in Texas. Now, I know terrorism is a major issue that needs to be addressed, but I think that’s less important than gun issues.

Fifty-nine people died in Las Vegas due to a gun. Twenty-five died in Texas.

Domestic mass murders involving a gun are more frequent. There have been seven terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11.

There have been many more shootings in that time taking place at schools, colleges, a movie theater, a nightclub, a concert and a church.

What must be addressed is the use of guns. In particular, automatic weapons.

I’m tired of hearing that it’s not the gun, it’s the person. That it’s mental illness. The government has thought that for years, and nothing has been done to help that. Something else needs to change.

I am all for the Second Amendment. I certainly believe that American citizens should have access to a gun. But is an automatic weapon really necessary?

People can have a rifle for hunting and a handgun for protection. Why is a more powerful and dangerous gun necessary? It’s not. Let it be known that when the Second Amendment was created, there was no such thing as an automatic weapon. We need to adapt to these changes.

I also support increased background checks for guns. Anyone with history of mental illness should not be allowed to have a gun. Anyone with any kind of criminal record should not be allowed to have a gun.

We need to take more precautions.

I know many people will say “criminals will get their hands on a gun no matter what.” How do they know? Part of me agrees, but isn’t it worth a shot? I’m not a big gun guy, but I’d rather give up an automatic weapon than watch dozens of innocent people die.

If I had it my way, I would say that any automatic weapon should be completely eliminated from the public, and should only be used for military personnel.

There is no need for a gun of that power. If they get in the wrong hands, there is massive consequences.


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