Gun Control Needed Before More Lives Lost

Cops were running through the dorms with K-9 units, a shot had been heard on campus, dorms were on lockdown as the police searched them, and students were sitting in their rooms fearing for what would follow. This was the scene painted to me on October 17, 2016 by one of my friends who goes to University of Cincinnati.

Even though nobody died or was injured, the major takeaway from this incident is clear; gun violence is occurring too frequently and laws need to be put in place to prevent this.

Up to this point in the month of October, there have already been 15 shootings where somebody has been injured or killed. This statistic doesn’t even include situations similar in nature to the one that occurred at University of Cincinnati, which left an entire campus feeling unsafe and vulnerable.

The solution to this is simple: gun restrictions.

It seems like it was just yesterday that Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 26 people. Despite 20 innocent children being killed, people still have access to guns to the point where these shootings still occur on a much too frequent basis. Even with hundreds of gun incidents occurring on a yearly basis, there has not been significant change.

In late August, Chicago Bull’s star Dwayne Wade lost his cousin due to senseless gun violence. He expressed his extreme displeasure over twitter at the loss of his cousin.

“Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough”

The worst part of this is that this innocent lady wasn’t even the target, it was the driver of the car she was in. Both men who were charged with killing her had been convicted on gun charges and were gang remembers. How did they possibly get guns?

“Derren Sorrels had six felony convictions and was on parole for motor vehicle theft and escape from custody when the shooting happened, Johnson said. He wore an ankle bracelet but had taken it off during a period in which he was allowed to look for work, Deenihan said. Darwin Sorrells was on parole for a gun charge. He had been sentenced to six years in January 2013 but was released early, Johnson said.”

These two men should’ve never been able to acquire weapons after the many crimes that they both committed, which just shows how much change is needed. The fact that the victim is related to an incredibly popular athlete can hopefully bring change to how guns are regulated making them tougher for criminals to obtain.

The key to bringing about change in our world is by having popular celebrities, political figures and athletes speak about the negatives that gun violence and these sorts of issues are having in our nation. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade did this when speaking in mid July, even before Wade’s cousin was tragically murdered.

“’Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Laquon McDonald, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile. This is our reality. Generations ago, those like Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe and countless others set a model for what athletes should stand for, so we should follow in their footsteps.”

These names are people that have been killed recently due to gun violence, and these athletes are doing the perfect job of taking a stand and using their power in an attempt to better society, but more can be done. While these people speaking up is important, we need change as a nation and we need it now.

‘”We need to rewrite laws to make it harder for the people to get guns. Some progress has been made, but just a few months ago in Tennessee a law was passed to allow more people to carry guns on college campuses.”’

Tennessee doing this is just pushing our nation in the completely wrong direction. We need to make much stricter laws, not give impulsive young adults the ability to carry weapons. What happens if these students become intoxicated and angry and are able to carry weapons? I can only think of horrible outcomes for this. While this law can be thought to make people feel like they can defend themselves, the University of Cincinnati detailed the situation showing that law enforcement agents are more than able to handle themselves in these situations.

“Our response teams were prompt and kept our campus calm.”

Response teams are able to control dangerous situations so it’s not necessary for citizens to be armed. Having citizens with such easy access to weapons often just puts our society in danger.

Getting guns is far too easy in our nation. We need to use further background testing for people to get guns. This is one of the easiest ways to prevent criminals from getting weapons and using them for mass destruction.

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