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Gun Control in the U.S.

In wake of the latest shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a very important subject seems inevitable, but necessary.

Gun control.

It’s needed.

People like to declare the right to bear arms as their second amendment right – and they’re completely right. But they miss one important thing.

We’re not exactly a bunch of farmers living in the 1700s as minutemen.

There is no need for the level of firearms we have today.

We have to adapt with time.

This isn’t new.

That was something the very writer of the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson himself recognized.

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

If someone centuries ago can recognize that much – why in the world can’t we?

We do not need every single sort of gun or weapon we can get our hands on. A pistol kept safely hidden away in case of absolutely emergencies is one thing.

An AR-15 semiautomatic is another entirely.

The fact that the Florida shooter was even able to legally purchase one is absurd. There’s no purpose for that in modern day society of any kind other than to show off how potentially dangerous of a person you could be.

And if you’re doing that, you shouldn’t have it in the first place.

How we’re still arguing on gun control is nothing short of bewildering to me. It should be a simple concept that once something causes danger, you take precautions to prevent those dangers.

The United States banned Kinder Eggs in the US for being a potential choking hazard. Guns are an immediate danger. They’re made to put others in harm.

Why should we keep guns then?

To continue to inflate middle-aged egos and prolong these massacres?

The very moment we decided the lives of children weren’t as valuable as our guns, that’s when we decided what was apparently ‘more important’.