School Shootings and Gun Control

Valentine's Day should be a day to celebrate love, but another tragic school shooting has claimed innocent lives.  This evil act of violence happened this afternoon. Seventeen innocent people were killed today at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Nikolas Cruz, 19, was apprehended in the shooting.  As details are slowly making their way into the headlines, Americans are left wondering why this happened and what could have been done to stop it.

Less than six hours later the media is exploiting this tragedy on every platform, and people are making political statements demanding stricter gun control.  I am devastated by this horrible tragedy.  Our schools are utterly defenseless, waiting for people with guns to arrive and stop the madman.  Why can't we have trained armed guards in our schools?   I don't have all the answers, but I don't believe that stricter guns laws will solve the problem.

It's common knowledge that it's fairly easy to get your hands on a firearm.  If the laws and regulations were made to stricter and more regulated, one could assume the number of people who die from gun violence would drastically decline. However, criminals will break the law regardless of the laws on the books. If our gun laws become more strict, they will still find ways to obtain illegal weapons and use them to inflict harm and commit violent crimes.  The only difference is that law abiding citizens would not have the ability to defend themselves.

Yes, our gun laws need an overhaul, but gun control proponents often want to take power away from the people. I agree that restrictions should certainly be in place, however, it's our constitutional right to have weapons to defend ourselves. If the government is given too much power over this, it would be easier for them to attempt to take all guns away from citizens.  This would leave us as Americans open to abuse from the government, leaving us vulnerable to a full police state.

The majority of mass murders in our country are the result of legal weapons such as large capacity magazines, fast shooting guns and things like silencers.  These things make it too easy to inflict large amounts of damage to groups of people.  This is devastating to think about and I understand that many people believe this can be avoided if gun control was strict.  I'm in full agreement that military-style weapons should not be available for purchase to the general population.

I don't believe harsh gun laws are needed.  What is needed is more education on firearms, safety, and awareness of the damage they can do. Children should learn that the guns are not toys.  People need to learn how to properly and safely use them.  Television and movies need to stop glamorizing guns and violence.  Parents, especially fathers, need to be active and present in their children's lives. Guns haven't changed, but our society has.  Morals and values have disappeared!

Gun control does not deter crime.  The biggest goal is to lower the crime rate and strict gun control laws isn't going to stop a criminal.  If a criminal knows that a person owns a gun they are much less likely to attempt a crime against that person or their home.  If a criminal knows people no longer have guns, the crime rate would greatly increase.

I don't proclaim to have all the answers, but I feel it's important to use common sense where gun control is concerned.  I wish our politicians could put their egos and special interests aside and truly work together to solve the problems.  Our schools need protection.  Our children's lives are more important than political power and the agendas of lobbying groups.

I pray for the victims in Parkland, Florida.  This should never have happened.  Changes need to be made to prevent more innocent lives being lost, year after year.


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