On Friday, Dec. 14, 20 children and six adults went to school at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and they never got to leave.
A gunman, carrying three weapons and dressed in black clothing and a bulletproof vest, took the lives of those people.
The gun he used to kill his victims was a .233 caliber rifle, a firearm made for combat.
This semi-automatic Bushmaster assault rifle allows its shooter to fire more than 60 rounds per minute and can reload in seconds.
These are not used to hunt. They are not used for sport. They are used to kill people in combat.
The people of the United States need to call the government to action on the problem of guns.
President Barack Obama gave a speech while holding back tears on the day of the shooting and said, “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action.”
As we know, “gun” and “control” are dirty words when put together in the United States. We also know that on the third day, God created the Remington bolt-action rifle so Man could fight the dinosaurs and the homosexuals.
Second Amendment! America! Right?
I have gone deer hunting since the age of 2. The adrenaline rush when there is a deer in the scope of my 30.30 deer rifle is a familiar thing for me, and the quiet of being in the middle of nature with nothing else around me is one of the best feelings in the world.
But guns like my 30.30 are not being used in these mass shootings.
Something must be done. Renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, perhaps.
Obama even called for the ban to be renewed in October, according to ABC News. The ban works— crime using assault weapons decreased by 66 percent, according to the Brady Center.
But Connecticut has enacted a partial ban that focuses on assault weapons with certain characteristics. So how did this happen?
According to the Huffington Post, bans like this are way less effective on a state-by-state basis. And that is exactly why we need Congress to act.
“But Hannah, what about the Second Amendment? THIS IS
The ban makes specific weapons illegal, like AK47s and Uzis. Please explain to me how that infringes on your gun rights. Those aren’t what you use to hunt or defend yourself.
Bear your arms … except for these 19 lethal ones that are used in organized crime and mass shootings. Would that be too much to ask?
“Since when do criminals follow the law? If they want to kill someone, they’ll get the weapons.”
Then why do we have laws making it illegal to steal or kill? Should we just not have laws because people break them? That logic is flawed.
“You can still kill people with a deer rifle or hand gun.”
You cannot shoot six bullets in one second with a deer rifle or a hand gun. That means these assault weapons are six times more lethal than either of those. Banning them would decrease this violence, as history has proven.
“Why does everyone always turn these tragedies into politics? This is not the time for that.”
Then when is the time for that? Because look at the
times we have gone through recently:
On July 20, 2012, 12 people were killed by a gunman in a
movie theater in Aurora, Colo., during opening night of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
On Aug. 5, 2012, an Army veteran killed six people and wounded three others before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
On Dec. 11, 2012, a man opened fire and killed two people and then himself in a mall outside of Portland, Ore.
Now, 30 more people, including the shooter, have had their lives taken by gun violence.
Obama even said, “As a country, we have been through this too many times.” And then at a memorial service for the victims at Sandy Hook, he said, “Surely we can do better than this. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?”
When will it finally be convenient for America to do
something about the problem? Or will it take another mass shooting to finally wake us up? Or even then, will the politics be too hard to save any lives?
Hannah Schilling is a sophomore journalism and political science major from Bossier City who serves as managing editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to hms...@latech.edu.