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Gun control

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We the people believe that the gun problem in America has gotten way too out of hand. Getting access to semi-automatic guns, and truly dangerous weapons in general has become too easy since the subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 expired. My high school was within reasonable walking distance to Sandy Hook, and there’s truly no accurate way to describe the absolute terror I felt when I didn’t know if two children I cared deeply about were dead or alive, or the avalanche of emotions I felt when I found out there were 20 children and 6 adults murdered in my backyard, but what’s worse than that feeling is seeing the indifference of the American government and people towards gun control after that. The arguments that ‘guns are okay in the rights hands’, ‘guns are fun’, ‘it’s my constitutional right to own a gun’ or anything else is no longer substantial enough to warrant innaction when more and more lives are being stolen. Action needs to be taken immediately. I want to heavily restrict who can get weapons, how people can get weapons, and how weapons are monitored. I propose to use more elaborate background checks implemented federally in all 50 states, limit the amount of powerful weapons in circulation, instate a buyback program for guns, implement a program in all schools to invest in children’s mental health, and heavily crack down on criminals that commit violent crimes. In conjunction to this, I do want to stress the importance of taking action and making change happen. I believe that in the current political environment it is scary to speak out in support of hard gun control, but it is necessary to make the country a safer place for ourselves and for our children.

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