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Restricting gun access hurts more than helps; focus on mental health as root


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The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America explains that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. If there is one thing that the legislators and citizens of America must keep in mind is that the gun does not kill: the person who is pulling the trigger kills.

For example, let’s say I put a loaded gun on a table with the safety off and say, “Go on, go shoot someone.” As far as I know, the gun will not go assault people and commit mass murder. The rifle does not assault. The person with the rifle assaults.

One thing we, as the next voters, need to keep in mind is, is the gun the problem or is the person the problem? We would be able to hit more points if we focused on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable and not out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.

When the government makes something illegal, it makes it harder for people to get it, which can cause lots of openings in the black market for that illegal object, making it even more illegal.

Look at Chicago, where they have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Their crime rate is astronomical. Look at Gilbert, where concealed carry is permitted so long as the carrier has a concealed carry permit. How much crime have you heard about here?

Perhaps we need to stop and take a minute to think about the mental stability of the person who is holding a weapon that can take lives but save just as many if not more. In the Florida case, the shooter’s legal support pleaded that he was mentally unstable after the death of his mother.

Technically, isn’t anyone who finds it okay to shoot an entire school mentally unstable? If someone wanted to inflict harm upon another, there are many ways to do it. So why does this just have to be about guns? Why can’t this be about the people?

It cannot be stressed enough that the gun is not the problem. The person holding it is. So enough about gun control. It’s like trying to control drugs and trying to keep those illegal; those can kill too. So the buying and selling of guns, whether legally or illegally, can never go away for good. This can be seen with the legal and illegal selling of drugs as well.

I understand that perhaps maybe better background checks should be initiated and that we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who wish to harm. But to completely prevent practically any law abiding citizen from buying protection? That is something I will not stand by.

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Restricting gun access hurts more than helps; focus on mental health as root