Why Gun Control is Needed Now More Than Ever

By Sophie Sebastiani

In lieu of the recent Parkland shooting, most of our minds are on the issue of gun control. ASMS has taken a few measures to ensure its students’ safety such as the recent lock down drill and the more secure entrances to our campus. I am incredibly grateful for these steps to make sure we are protected, however there is only so much a school can do.

This is where the topic of gun control lies. This doesn’t mean we should arm teachers, that would only be adding to the problem. What I am talking about is passing more bills on gun control. This might prevent the purchasing of the kinds of assault rifles that have been used in deadly shootings such as the Parkland shooting and most recent the University of Michigan shooting, where the alleged gunman is still “at large”. (Editor’s Note: The shooting suspect, since the writing of this article, has been apprehended.)

There have been a few recent and good changes that I have noticed. One such change is how popular companies, such as Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, have moved the age limit to purchase guns from their stores from 18 to 21. Additionally, Dick’s Sporting Goods will no longer be selling semi-automatic assault rifles.

However, the National Rifle Association (NRA) still keeps its strong hold over the country. Politicians like Senator Marco Rubio have been called out for defending the NRA while simultaneously accepting millions of dollars in “donations” from the association. As seen in the above image, a set of three signs, inspired by the movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, reading: “Slaughtered in school, and still no gun control? How come, Marco Rubio?”.

This criticism of an otherwise overlooked problem, as well as the strong youth movement, has invigorated the gun reform movement. This newfound spark appears to be the push the nation needed to start discussing this issue and begin demanding change. However, the same could be said for the Sandy Hook Massacre in 2012, in which there was a similar movement to pass stricter gun control laws, which ultimately failed.

The future will only tell if more restrictions on guns are passed but I am optimistic that with this newfound attitude toward guns, we can make a positive change in our society.

Image Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/billboards-grill-marco-rubio-miami-office-article-1.3826921

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