While furthering my knowledge on gun control, I discovered many different stories and ideas that sparked my interests. I learned about Emma Gonzalez and her constant attempts to protest gun violence in schools and places that should be sanctuaries of safety in our society. Furthermore, I learned about arguments stating that by not controlling gun violence, the government is an objection to the Constitution, violating our rights to life. “The right to live free from violence, discrimination and fear has been superseded by a sense of entitlement to own a practically unlimited array of deadly weapons.” The government’s inability to control gun violence has become unconstitutional, even though many have argued that it is unconstitutional to limit the number of guns and weaponry owned. I also learned about the type of weapons being used in mass shootings, and how semiautomatic weapons are the most common. I related to these articles in many ways.
Throughout these articles, I made came to the realization that a school shooting is a very likely possibility. I also observed that many people share the fears that I have about safety within schools. It was very nice to feel that I am not alone in my generations’ struggle to achieve safety through more precise gun laws. As we call our government to act, our voices are being silenced.
More specifically, in the article Inspired by the Activism of Emma González we are forced to address the fact that as young people many of our opinions are considered unimportant or invalid. People my age who comment on the issue of safety and gun control are often disregarded because we are, “too young to know enough about it.” The irony of the situation is that we, the students, have more knowledge of these events than anyone because we are living through them. It is us who are scared for our lives while trying to receive an education. Another topic being discussed was the use of semiautomatic weapons for harm.
Though semiautomatic weapons were created to be used in the military, they have become easily accessible. These weapons are capable of killing masses of people, without stopping to refuel for ammunition. Just as Robert Gebelhoff, the author of “This is how we save lives from gun violence,” said, the top five shootings with the most casualties have resulted from semiautomatic weapons. In my opinion, it is our duty as a society to combat the easy accessibility to weapons capable of killing hundreds.
All three of these articles emphasize the importance of our generation’s voice and how we can make a change. We must speak our minds to make a difference and not take no for an answer.
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