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Sensible Gun Control

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Teens For Gun Reform demonstration in Washington, DC. (Lorie, Shaull/Twitter)

Teens For Gun Reform demonstration in Washington, DC. (Lorie, Shaull/Twitter)

Teens For Gun Reform demonstration in Washington, DC. (Lorie, Shaull/Twitter)

Lucy Singer

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On Valentine’s Day of this year, a dreadful and all too common event occurred: a mass shooting. A past student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz, entered the Parkland, Florida school armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle. He then proceeded to pull the fire alarm, blended in the with crowd as the school evacuated the building, and opened fired. Seventeen people were killed and 15 were injured. Since January 1, 2018, there have been 57 mass shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed. Although not all of them resulted in deaths, this number is far too high.

Over half of the American public and experts agree that many gun control laws would help reduce this massive number. A Washington Post article shows what percentage of Americans agree with specific gun regulations. All regulations, except “demonstrate genuine need,’” received over 50 percent support.

Organizations such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are working to “demand action” from state and federal legislators, companies and educational institutions to create and implement sensible gun reforms. This organization does support the Second Amendment, however the members believe “common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day.”

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Mom’s Against Gun Violence rally outside Georgia’s state capitol. (Lucy Singer/RamPage)

A 1994 assault-weapons ban shows that gun control laws will help decrease gun violence and mass shootings.

The AR-15 is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle. This deadly gun can fire around 400 rounds per minute and has been used in many of the most lethal mass shootings, such as those in Orlando, San Bernardino and Las Vegas. In 1994, President Bill Clinton and Congress passed a 10-year federal assault-weapons ban. This ban applied to “18 specific firearms, as well as certain military-type features on guns.” Author of “Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings” Louis Klarevas, found that gun massacres (which he defines as six or more deaths) fell from 19 during 1984-1994 to 12 during the assault-weapons ban (1994-2004). The number of gun massacres then rose to thirty-four over the decade following the end of the ban.

Although the 10-year ban did not affect non-mass shooting gun violence, another law like this, with the help of additional gun regulations, will greatly reduce the number of Americans dying from gun violence every day.

Mom’s Against Gun Violence rally outside the Georgia state capitol. (Lucy Singer/RamPage)

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