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Is More Gun Control the Answer?

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On Valentine’s Day this year, a Nikolus Cruz broke into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and shot 17 people and wounded many others with an AR-15. Cruz was known a serious threat to local police, the FBI, neighbors, and fellow students. Somehow, he ended up with an AR-15 –  an ultra-dangerous assault rifle. If he had never got that gun, would 17 innocent people be dead right now? I don’t think so.

I was talking to a friend about this and he said, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” The thing is, if there was no AR-15 in that man’s hand when he walked into the school, it would’ve been a lot more difficult for him to kill children with his bare hands. My friend replied, “But if we take away guns, they could learn to use something else. Throwing knives or something.” The issue is, throwing knives take skill and power. Guns just take bullets and a mechanism.

But if we were to tighten gun restrictions, how would we do it? If we were to put stricter background checks on gun licenses, then check up on people every couple of months to see how they were doing mentally, maybe we would have less deaths. Another requirement would have to be keeping the gun in a locked safe all the time – the man who shot up the school in Florida would probably not be able to access a gun if the gun he stole was in a locked case.

Even if gun restriction was tightened, guns may still be floating around the world. But maybe, just maybe, gun restrictions would make our world a little bit of a safer place.

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