Are you for stricter gun laws? I am. Many of you may know about the shooting that took place on April 20, 1999, in Denver, Colorado. Two normal seeming teenagers shot and killed 13 people in the Denver high school, Columbine. Since then, you would think Congress would have explored new gun laws, right? Wrong. Since then, there has been countless other shootings similar to this, such as:
March 12, 2005. A Living Church of God meeting was gunned down by 44-year-old church member Terry Michael Ratzmann at a Sheraton hotel in Brookfield, WI. Ratzmann was thought to have had religious motivations and killed himself after executing the pastor, the pastor’s 16-year-old son, and 7 others. Four were wounded.
October 2, 2006. 32-year-old Charles Carl Roberts, walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse here Monday morning and systematically tried to execute the girls there, killing four and wounding seven before killing himself.
April 16, 2007. Virginia Tech became the site of the deadliest school shooting in US history when a student, Seung-Hui Choi, gunned down 56 people. Thirty-two people died in the massacre.
November 5, 2009. Forty-three people were shot by Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. Hasan reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar! (Allah is greater)” before opening fire, killing 13 and wounding 29 others.
August 3, 2010. Omar S. Thornton, 34, gunned down Hartford Beer Distributor in Manchester, CT after getting caught stealing beer. Nine were killed, including Thornton, and two were injured.
and, the most recent
December 14, 2012. 27 people were shot and killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT, by 20-year-old Adam Lanza. According to sources, 18 of these casualties were children.
None of these events should have happened, but some could have been prevented if different gun laws were in place.
Everyone has the right to bare arms, but when that was written, the most dangerous weapon out there was a musket or a cannon, not a semi-automatic machine gun. The technology today is far greater than it was 220 plus years ago, so why are the laws that protect us from this technology the same? I am not saying that there shouldn’t be guns at all, just that we should be limited on the weapons that we bring into our homes.
Since the Shooting at Sandy Hook, 150,000 people have signed a petition asking for immediate action on this issue. President Obama said that in coming weeks he will use whatever power is at his disposal in efforts to prevent anymore such tragedies.
If these laws were to be modified, think how different things would be. I picture a place that has one less thing to worry about. A place where you could send your kids to school without worrying about something like this happening again. Wouldn’t that be nice?