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My Thoughts on Newtown: More Violence Isn't the Answer

Joined: 10/28/2012
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Two years ago, my mother and two of my younger sisters came home trembling. In vivid detail, my shaken siblings described what had occurred mere minutes before. My five-year-old sister said excitedly, obviously not understanding the seriousness of the situation, "a man in a silver car pointed a gun at Mommy!" My seven-year-old sister chimed in more earnestly, "he said that she made him late for work, so he was going to shoot her."

My mother was stricken. She could not forget the look of the man who had stared at her, crazed with fury, his finger on the trigger of the gun in his hand - a gun pointed directly at her. She confides in me, to this day, that she remembers feeling a sort of detached dread; in that moment, all that mattered was protecting her children.

Nothing happened that day. They came home safe, albeit agitated and upset. My family could have been another news story, another headline that people shake their heads to, murmuring detached sympathies.

Let me state for the record that I am not pacifistic. Although I am not against gun ownership, I am absolutely against the misuse of guns, which appears to be a serious problem in today’s society.

The massacre in Newtown will not be forgotten. Gun control campaigns have shot up, reminding the United States that the death of these children will remain forever ingrained in the minds of citizens. All of these platforms want to answer one question: how can we prevent more tragic deaths from occurring?

In my opinion, allowing people to carry concealed weapons can be disastrous. Often, crimes like the one that happened to my mother are not premeditated but rather crimes of passion, which are fueled by the fact that the perpetrator has a gun at hand. An annual mental health examination for those who carry concealed weapons would be beneficial to public safety.

Another thing I am concerned about is the government’s inability to track the flow of illegal firearms. It is absurd to me that lobbying groups, such as the NRA, have hamstrung the federal government's attempts to create a database to track the ownership of firearms.

Gun control is one of the most burning issues of our time. The ads the NRA is sending out that attack and criticize the president and his followers are just adding fuel to the flame. I have walked into many rooms where adults cannot stop arguing over appropriate firearm policies. Thousands of comments on social media and public forums contain angry opinions on each tragedy that has struck and prescriptions as to what can be done to prevent the next.

Now is as good a time as any to create a structural, social, or governmental change. Yet does it have to be introduced as squabbles of children? Do social graces and proprieties need to be dropped in order to state one’s opinion?

Dylan Klebold, Eric Harris, James Holmes, Adam Lanza, and Seung-Hui Cho were all murderers, killers, monsters.

We don’t need to be monsters because these killers were.
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