Trump Opposes Banning Semi-automatic Weapons; Do it Anyway

Daniel Sabin, Staff Writer

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The problem of mass shootings in U.S. is worse than anywhere else in the world.  Since the beginning of 2018 there have been 18 school shootings, whereas in Australia there have only been five shootings in the past 20 years.  This shows our problem has gotten severely out of hand. We have clearly not done enough to change the pattern.

 

President Trump is currently suggesting arming teachers, but that is fighting fire with fire and creates way too much responsibility for teachers. A better solution: there need to be stricter laws on guns; for example, semi automatic weapons are completely unnecessary for hunting, self defense or for target practice.

 

Many people will argue that it is their Second Amendment right to own a gun, but nowhere in the Bill of Rights nor the Constitution is there an explicit right to own semi-automatic weapons.  

 

Furthermore, this ”right of the people to keep and bear Arms” was put in place when the most dangerous weapon was a musket which was highly inaccurate and took a long time to reload.  Since the colonial era our weapons have dramatically increased in capacity to be destroy lives. It is unreasonable to allow common civilians to use the same modern weapons the military uses in war for “fun”  or “protection.”

 

Vox writer German Lopez says that “Since 2012 there have been 1600 mass shootings with 1800 dead and 6400 injured in the U.S.”  In the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017 and also in the Texas church shooting on November 5, 2017 the shooters had semi automatic weapons.  If these shooters hadn’t had these lethal weapons that are capable of mass murder, imagine how many deaths could have been prevented.

 

Banning semi automatic weapons is only one step in the necessary move to draft and impose new gun control laws. The banning of assault weapons will reduce the  death and mayhem that has become a common story in the United States but it won’t stop all of it. We as U.S. citizens have to take further steps to end the gun violence in America and the first step is banning these tools of destruction.

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