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Gun Control vs. Gun Ownership: The conversation we need

Gun Control: Recent Events

Within the past week, two gun control discussions occurred. The first came on Thursday, February 14. It was Valentine’s Day. However, residents of South Florida thought about what happened one year ago. They commemorated the one year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. One year ago to the day, a school shooting took 17 lives.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gather at last year's "March for Our Lives"
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students gathered at last year’s “March for Our Lives”

Aurora

However, another shooting occurred in Aurora, IL just one day after. A man shot and killed five people, and injured six police officers – and all because the Henry Pratt Company staff considered his termination. In addition, according to numerous reports (one of which can be viewed here), the shooter was barred from owning a gun. Authorities told him to surrender it after a 1995 felony conviction.

Gun Control Discussion

These incidents only reinforce the need to discuss a taboo subject. Responsible gun ownership – and indeed gun control – needs more discussion. Many people just want to tuck the idea under the rug and say, “Don’t touch my guns.” I understand that way of thinking. They don’t want punishment because of people who commit illegal acts.

Responsible Gun Control

That’s fine. As long as responsible gun owners securely lock up their guns, I get it. However, they should double-check and triple-check them. I’m sure they realize that unsecured guns could land in the wrong hand and make them responsible.

Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D)
Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D)

HR 8 – Gun Control Discussion

However, a recent discussion on a new gun control bill renewed the conversation. Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D) talked about the advancement of new gun legislation – the first in eight years. She introduced it in honor of her son, Jordan Davis. Davis was “shot and killed in 2012 after a loud music complaint.” The bill, HR 8, requires federal background checks on all gun purchases. The location does not matter. Any gun purchase in a store, gun show, over the internet or through a private transaction would be required to have a federal background check.

Gun Control Law Stats

While several states passed new gun laws since the shooting in Parkland, FL, a lot of work is required to ensure people’s safety. However, one thing is for sure. We need to start talking about the issue more and be open to an honest discussion about it. If we continue to fire up a heated debate – or even turn away from the discussion –  we will continue to lose innocent lives – including those of children. We need to stop pointing fingers and come together to find a common solution.

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