I am sure you have heard members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) exclaim that “guns make people safer,” or that the “only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Those lines are flawed for many reasons. For starters, when the adrenaline kicks in because one fears for their life, shooting a gun becomes challenging, to say the least. Trained policemen, for example, have an 18 percent hit rate in gun fights.
So if average citizens getting into gun fights became the norm, their hit rate would not only be low, but it would create a dangerous reality. It would increase the chances for innocent people to accidentally get shot.
Also, these talking points are unsound because they miss the basic fact: more guns do not make people safer, but restricting access to military-style weapons does — as shown in Australia, which banned these sort of weapons in 1996. This has effectively ended mass shootings in the country, as Fortune reports.
And now, even after the atrocity at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School, which claimed 17 lives, some Republican members of Congress are not only doubling down on the NRA’s talking points, but creating new ones that are anything but sensible. For example, Congressman Don Young from Alaska said, “How many Jews were put into the ovens because they were unarmed?”
The Congressman’s implication that guns would have stopped that Holocaust is absurd. During World War Two, the Nazis had a robust army. It is laughable to suggest that untrained individuals shooting pistols would have stopped them. Moreover, Iraq, during Saddam Hussein’s reign, boasted one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world. Nonetheless, that did not protect Iraqis from Hussein’s despotism.
I am fed up with having to worry that my school will possibly be the next to endure a mass shooting. The time is way overdue for common-sense gun measures to be implemented. Mass shootings occur almost daily in the U.S.; this outrage will not end on its own.
As a country that values human life, which is shown by the Declaration of Independence, it is important that we stop electing individuals who are bought by the NRA — anyone who has a passing grade by them should be deemed unfit to serve in government.
We must abide by the words “never again” when it comes to mass shootings. And so, I encourage you to attend the March For Our Lives rally on March 24 — both in Washington D.C. and in your local communities. Congress needs to boldly hear us: we have had it with their inability to protect us!
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