This day in age, there’s this unfortunate increase in the normalcy of crime and violence. With tragic events happening every other day, we barely bat an eyelash. After the shooting of the two Westerville police officers and the school shooting in Florida, it seems like the time to make the argument for common sense.
Typically, I identify as liberal, leaning democrat. However, gun laws were one area I would lean right of center. To me, I read it straight in the Constitution that we have the right to bear arms. As a 5’0’’ (look up AP style for height) female, and frankly pretty weak, I felt as though owning a gun would be the greatest chance at my safety should anyone ever try to harm me. Granted, hand guns are less extreme than an automatic or semiautomatic gun.
Where I once considered a gun to be an invaluable resource for safety, I now recognize that it’s a far greater invaluable resource for harm. As a high school student, with my life ahead of me, I worry that any day my future could be put in danger, and ultimately ended, should someone decide that a school shooting is the correct answer for them.
After recent events, more specifically the school shooting in Florida, the general population is showing an increase in the desire to make gun laws more stringent. According to TIME Magazine, 66 percent of poll respondents supported this change in gun laws. Currently, in the U.S. bump stocks are legal to obtain. They allow for people to turn legal weapons into the like of machine guns, according to Fox News. Even Trump, a Republican representative and president, is stating that current legislation needs to change in order to ban bump stocks.
To protest gun laws and try to influence potentially stricter gun laws, the students and victims of the Florida school shooting have been taking action with lie ins. The lie ins are drawing attention to the issue and hopefully motivating legislatures to make much needed changes. In coming weeks, on March 14, one month after the Florida school shooting, the students are planning a 17-minute walk out at 10 a.m. local time to honor each life taken during the shooting, according to USA Today. You could also discuss how the students of the Florida high school has raised more than $2 million in the past couple days for strengthening gun laws.
Although our school is in Ohio, we should be participating in this walk out. Politics may deter some students from participating, but I feel it's needless to say that since Columbine, nothing ha changed. Our schools are not safe; if anything, they are ever more dangerous.
Guns don't need to be outlawed completely for the general population, nor should they be, but they should be harder to obtain. There should be greater background checks, a ban on bump stocks, etc. We need to open up the conversation and discuss further measures that need to be taken in order to make our schools, and America in general, a safer place.