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Should there be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition?

In recent years, policy discussions around the process of buying guns and ammunition has increased. Mass shootings have brought the topic to the forefront of national discussion. Policies discussed have included raising the age to buy a gun, requiring a federal background check before buying a gun, and raising taxes on ammunition to discourage its purchase.

Supporters of increased restrictions argue that the U.S. needs to limit access to weapons and ammunition in order to reduce firearm deaths in the country. Supporters of increased restrictions have expressed beliefs that the government needs to do more in order to minimize the chances of a shooting from occurring.

Those who oppose increased restrictions on the process of purchasing guns and ammunition argue that doing so would hurt people who want to use firearms for legal purposes. Many who oppose increased restrictions express further government limitations would threaten the liberty of citizens.

So, what do you think? Should there be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition? Be sure to state what you think the government should or shouldn’t do concerning this issue and why!

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and is free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors

-They address counter arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 64%
No: 36%
  • Christianna from Kentucky

    Guns were originally made as tools, objects to make our lives easier by improving our ability to protect ourselves and put food on the table. In today’s world, firearms have lost their use to many Americans as a common tool. Except for people who use them for legal purposes, such as competition or hunting. To the majority of Americans, the common perception of firearms comes from what they hear about on the news. “man shot in killed on sidewalk” (news from hamilton Ohio) “Two men die in related shootings in butler county” (also from Ohio) both stories found in less than a minute through a cursory google search. When the American people stopped thinking of guns as tools, and instead as murder weapons, there was a problem.

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    • Graham from Missouri

      Guns were once the most marvelous invention of the time. But know when the young generations see a gun we think, “i hope that doesn’t happen to me.” Living in an age of american history where school shootings are prevalent, many live in fear of a shooting at their school, or to die by a gun. These weapons are used in war ans should not be resting in ones home. When I think of a gun I think of sandy hook, I was the same age as those kids. They could be 14 now, they could vote on issues like these, they could live but they cant because these war machines killed them. Youth see these as a killer, these are not the guns that kept us alive.

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      Guns were once the most marvelous invention of the time. But know when the young generations see a gun we think, “i hope that doesn’t happen to me.” L…

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    • Teal from Oregon

      Yes you are correct about the fact of people using them for violence but you also mentioned that they originally made for tools and yes they are. what are we supposed to do when someone walks into your house with a gun, which is more likely for criminals to get and illegal objects and what are we supposed to use for protection?

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      Yes you are correct about the fact of people using them for violence but you also mentioned that they originally made for tools and yes they are. what…

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    • Madeline from Indiana

      I see the point you are making, however the premise of your argument is invalid. You stated that guns were created to be tools, not murder weapons. Do you have any evidence for that? Could you please name a time period in which guns were *not* perceived as murder weapons? I would be interested to know, because I can’t think of one. The idea of guns started in ancient China. Some people were trying to create a potion that would make people immortal. They ended up creating gun powder, although they didn’t mean to. The Chinese put this gun powder into sticks of bamboo, and used it to shoot spears. Thus, they made primitive guns. They didn’t create them as tools to make people’s lives easier. They created them as weapons with which to kill people. People were using guns to kill each other as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618 A.D. – 907 A.D.) The has never been a time from the Chinese bamboo guns, to the first handgun (1364), to the first automatic handgun (1892), when guns were not perceived as murder weapons. However, there was one thing that you said that was 100% correct. We do hear about a lot of shootings on the news. Yet the recent increase in shootings couldn’t be a result of a changed perception of guns. People have been shot and killed since before 907 A.D.. Think about gun control. Has it increased or decreased in recent years? It’s increased. Every time there’s a shooting, Democratic politicians call for more gun control. Might that have something to do with it?

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      I see the point you are making, however the premise of your argument is invalid. You stated that guns were created to be tools, not murder weapons. Do…

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    • Jacob from Texas

      Criminals do not care about restrictions. They will do whatever it takes to get a gun which, most of the time, is illegal. I don’t understand how this will affect anyone other than the law abiding citizens.

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      Criminals do not care about restrictions. They will do whatever it takes to get a gun which, most of the time, is illegal. I don’t understand how th…

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    • Craig from Colorado

      Guns are still not only as weapons of murder I do believe that it should not be easy to access guns but they are still used as tools for instance hunting and competitions which are not illegal in most states unless they are hunting protected animals in which case they are not able to hunt because these animals are in protected areas. Guns are still tools to this day they may have gained a second meaning but there are still more good than bad gun carriers in the U.S.

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      Guns are still not only as weapons of murder I do believe that it should not be easy to access guns but they are still used as tools for instance hunt…

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    • Minou from Colorado

      I agree, there are so many problems in America relating to guns. I think they should make better restrictions for getting guns, so that we can reduce shootings that are not related to self defence.

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      I agree, there are so many problems in America relating to guns. I think they should make better restrictions for getting guns, so that we can reduce …

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    • Raegan from Illinois

      Yes. I agree because some people nowadays use the guns illegally for the wrong reasons.

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    • Peyton from Illinois

      I agree that guns are objects not a murder weapon.

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    • iesha from California

      i agree with this because guns should only be used by tools but I do believe that the common man shouldnt have as many rights

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    • Fernanda from California

      I totally agree with you because we live in one country where you can buy a gun and nobody cares why you buying a gun, or for what you buying a gun and that bring to much issues to our community because we see a lot shootings and we see how easy is kill people, because our government don’t has a control of guns.

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      I totally agree with you because we live in one country where you can buy a gun and nobody cares why you buying a gun, or for what you buying a gun an…

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    • cameron from Colorado

      I seriously believe that there is no need for competition or hunting. Yes, maybe it’s tradition but no one needs a AR-15 for that. It’s unnecessary and could pose threat to later generations if the gun is in the household without a gun safe.

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      I seriously believe that there is no need for competition or hunting. Yes, maybe it’s tradition but no one needs a AR-15 for that. It’s unnecessary an…

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    • Brennan from Colorado

      I agree with you that guns used to be tools and are now seen as murder weapons. We need to at least run background checks on the people who buy ammunition.

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    • Sydney from Colorado

      I agree with this!! Today it is so easy to get access to to a gun, even as a teenager. The power guns have is severely abused today and it needs to be managed!! Today gun violence is so common it has become almost normal and familiar. They say that it’s the beholder of the gun that is the primary cause but if you really get down to the source it is the gun itself. If you think about it if guns never existed then there wouldn’t be such a thing like gun violence. It is as simple as that.

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      I agree with this!! Today it is so easy to get access to to a gun, even as a teenager. The power guns have is severely abused today and it needs to b…

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    • Makenzie from Colorado

      I strongly agree with this because guns should only be in the hands of those who use them for legal purposes and as a hunting tool. Guns shouldn’t be in reach of those who want to harm themselves and it would help reduce the amount of mass shootings.

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      I strongly agree with this because guns should only be in the hands of those who use them for legal purposes and as a hunting tool. Guns shouldn’t be …

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    • haylee from Colorado

      I strongly agree with this. I believe that the ability we have right now is always being abused and misused. Guns were invented to make us feel more safe and comfortable but at this point in time it is doing the exact opposite. These tools are being used for the opposite reason that they were made. Instead of them helping defend ourselves, it’s giving people a resource to get all their anger out by killing mass amounts of people. But also like you said, there are those few who use them for legal uses.

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      I strongly agree with this. I believe that the ability we have right now is always being abused and misused. Guns were invented to make us feel more s…

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  • binko from Colorado

    I think there should be more restrictions. There has only been an increase of shootings that have occured, and ignoring it and preaching the second amendment isn’t going to help anything. This nation’s government’s first purpose is to protect its people from harm, and not doing anything about the problem is directly violating that. And it’s not like we’re taking away people’s right entirely to use guns, just making it a bit harder for it to fall into the wrong hands.

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    I think there should be more restrictions. There has only been an increase of shootings that have occured, and ignoring it and preaching the second am…

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    • Emma from Oregon

      Yes there are shootings but there are already enough restrictions to buying a gun and its not nessesarly the gun but the person because even if you put more restrictions then they can just use a diffrent gun that is worse or another weapon.

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      Yes there are shootings but there are already enough restrictions to buying a gun and its not nessesarly the gun but the person because even if you pu…

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    • linda from California

      I agree,restrictions should be made. For the past years we have a number of horrible occurrences such school and public shootings happening due to no gun restrictions.Having no restrictions could lead to terrible happenings giving the wrong people our lives in their hands.The government should prioritize citizens having all of us safe by restricting gun control.

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      I agree,restrictions should be made. For the past years we have a number of horrible occurrences such school and public shootings happening due to no …

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    • Mykaila from California

      I agree with this because the crime rate with guns is sky rocketing through the roof because it is super easy to obtain a gun in today’s world . and the way the government is now is showing us that we have to protect ourselves

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      I agree with this because the crime rate with guns is sky rocketing through the roof because it is super easy to obtain a gun in today’s world . and t…

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    • Delsin from Oregon

      making more restrictions is not going to stop shootings. Just because there is restrictions does not mean that the gun will fall in the wrong hands. The guns are not the problems in school shootings it is the people behind the gun. If they can’t use a gun they are going to use something else. So this is not the way of solving things.

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      making more restrictions is not going to stop shootings. Just because there is restrictions does not mean that the gun will fall in the wrong hands. T…

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    • Haylee from Oregon

      yes i understand that but its not the guns doing thins its the people behind the guns doing it.

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  • Caroline from Kentucky

    limits on ammunition can help stop/identify the types of people who will be a harm to themselves and/or others

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    • Jack from Kentucky

      Amen. Guns don’t kill people; bullets kill people. If we got rid of bullets, then no one would die from gun violence.

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    • Hansen from Colorado

      limits on ammunition would be a very good way to decrease the shootings, but do not believe that completely taking away guns is the correct solution

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  • Ashley from Georgia

    Guns aren’t inherently bad, not even loaded ones– the people who wield them hold the real danger. By making the guidelines for distributing firearms more stringent, we are protecting ourselves in the long run.

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      I completely agree, I believe that like what you said, the guns are not the issue. It is the person behind the gun that is the issue. I think that guidelines to making guns a little harder to get and having certain requirements can definitely help us out in the long run and make the safety of our country much greater!

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      I completely agree, I believe that like what you said, the guns are not the issue. It is the person behind the gun that is the issue. I think that gui…

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  • Emily from Missouri

    Mental illness is often blamed for mass shootings, and while many politicians posit that we should be focusing on that instead of guns, I disagree. It is not possible to prevent every mentally ill individual from acquiring a weapon without regulating the weapon itself. As time passes, guns are becoming smarter, more accurate, and easier to use. Technology is going to keep improving, and our laws have to improve with it.

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    Mental illness is often blamed for mass shootings, and while many politicians posit that we should be focusing on that instead of guns, I disagree. It…

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  • eric from Missouri

    I am not saying no guns but we do need to make it harder to get gun because a 17 year old should not be able to get a gun with out a parent or Guardian to give a signature i am one to love guns but it needs to be harder to get them

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    I am not saying no guns but we do need to make it harder to get gun because a 17 year old should not be able to get a gun with out a parent or Guardia…

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  • Mirroricaley from Alaska

    Yes, I do think that there should be more restrictions on guns, because there have been a lot of mass and school shootings recently. As a student I really believe that certain people should not be able to get a gun license so easly.

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    Yes, I do think that there should be more restrictions on guns, because there have been a lot of mass and school shootings recently. As a student I re…

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  • Jane from Missouri

    Because of the right to bear arms, many may argue that we have the right to guns. This is actually very outdated. At the time the constitution was written, the problems we had then are not the same now. We currently face the issue of school shootings, and many fear for their lives when just going to school. The guns are not killing people, the people are. When further restrictions are put in place, those that are mentally ill and pose the threat of shooting up a school will not have access to guns legally, thus making it significantly harder to get. No matter how many restrictions or laws are put up, we cannot get rid of guns totally, but it is very important for students to feel safer in their learning environment.

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    Because of the right to bear arms, many may argue that we have the right to guns. This is actually very outdated. At the time the constitution was wri…

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  • Spencer from Missouri

    As a student, I feel strongly about this issue, there should 100% be more restrictions on who can purchase certain types of weapons and ammunitions

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  • Evan from Missouri

    Guns can be used for good things they can also be used for bad things. If I get a gun legally one place and ilegally get it to another I could use it to harm others.

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  • bob from New York

    yes

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  • gibbby from Oregon

    Because people can use the gun for bad things and others for hunting and other stuff

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  • shakiya from Oregon

    I think we should have more restrictions because kids are buying guns and we are have shooting and people dying.

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  • Alivia from Oregon

    I think there should because there is a bunch of shootings.

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  • Leslie from New Jersey

    There should be some restrictions with firearms. People nowadays are showing off their gun for publicity or fame. How can we feel safe with others if they want to buy guns and enter school,stores, or other public spaces and fire. There should be restrictions, and limits on who should be qualified to buy it.

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  • Yessica from Nevada

    There should be more restrictions on the sale of guns in the United States because there is no longer any valid reason for putting children in danger. It is far too easy to obtain a gun in many states. If someone plans to go hunting, they can wait less than a week for a background check and psychological evaluation to be performed. The death of our families are unacceptable. We should have implemented new laws after Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Parkland, or the El Paso shootings. We need to be held responsible for our silence which has directly led to the deaths of kids. We need to fix this, NOW.

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    There should be more restrictions on the sale of guns in the United States because there is no longer any valid reason for putting children in danger….

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  • Alexis from New Jersey

    As I understand that guns are legal for people to have safety when they are in danger, especially in bad neighborhoods and when there are threats formed against them, some people cannot own a gun or should they have the rights to guns. I strongly believe that a person purchasing a gun should be asked why they need the gun in the first place. Then, the vendor or supplier should have medical records of the customer. This makes sure that the customer doesn’t have medical problems that will enable them to use the gun in a negative way, such as harming another living being, for their own pleasure. If they actually need the gun to protect themself in a bad area or if they are being threatened, then the person should be allowed a gun. If the customer has had gun crimes against them in the past, they should not be allowed to purchase another. If the gun will be used for hunting or sport, the customer should give proof of hunting license. If gun laws are to be changed, they must be very specific and the judge can determine if a person facing them in court should be eligible to keep the gun. There are many reasons to own a gun, but some people should not if they will use the gun for ill purposes.

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    As I understand that guns are legal for people to have safety when they are in danger, especially in bad neighborhoods and when there are threats form…

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  • faith from Oregon

    yes we do need them so we can eat and not die but some people use it as killing people or do other things with it but i mean u could not use a gun and use something else but its good to have one on you like some people don’t use guns to hunt they use other things but its all what you think and i love shooting things but we need them today and we don’t use them for murder weapons its just people don’t think straight .

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    yes we do need them so we can eat and not die but some people use it as killing people or do other things with it but i mean u could not use a gun an…

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  • Carlos from Oregon

    There should be more restrictions to buy guns and ammunition because if crazy person goes and buys a gun and ammunition who knows what he could do. He could go kill somebody or someone or he could threaten some place or someone who knows? That is why I think there should be more restrictions on purchasing guns and ammunition.

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    There should be more restrictions to buy guns and ammunition because if crazy person goes and buys a gun and ammunition who knows what he could do. He…

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  • sev from Massachusetts

    There should be more restrictions on guns but NO ban or taking away of firearms as this will just cause more problems. Either way this will not get solved if you look at Chicago guns are illegal yet there is some of the most shootings and gang violence in the country. I think the problem is not the guns that we have but the people who end up getting them as I’m sure the majority of legal gun owners are safe but when they get into the wrong hands even just once, it can easily be catastrophic.

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    There should be more restrictions on guns but NO ban or taking away of firearms as this will just cause more problems. Either way this will not get so…

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  • shimon from Texas

    There’s no reason why anyone should be able to buy assault riffles or any weapon that’s glass 3 or higher. I understand rifles for hunting and pistols foe self defense, but anything more than that should be used strictly by police and military. There’s no reason why anyone would need an AR-15 we saw in Florida what weapons like that can do and it should never happen again

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    There’s no reason why anyone should be able to buy assault riffles or any weapon that’s glass 3 or higher. I understand rifles for hunting and pistols…

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  • Jordan from Virginia

    In the past few decades- and especially more recently- guns have been used to carry messages of hate and turmoil across an array of different communities, from El Paso, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada. Giving people an outlet to purchase and barter weapons with little restrictions-particularly weapons of mass destruction- have only decreased the tranquility of the republic. Guns have not only worsened inner-city locations such as Chicago and Detroit but have given rise to an Epidemic of white nationalism all over the country. Restricting the purchasing ability of guns, increasing gun control, and having universal background checks are the only ways to reduce this “American Crisis.”
    This is not to say all guns should be illegal. Owning a gun is a constitutional right and everyone-other than the mentally ill and criminally active- should have the ability to own a firearm. That is not under dispute. The real question lies in a person’s accessibility to purchase a firearm and the type of firearm that should be restricted. Our founding fathers fervently believed in the “right to keep and bear arms” or they wouldn’t have established it as their second amendment. However, they never would have accounted for the type of weaponry Americans possess in the modern era. To combat the ever-changing dynamics of the country, the national government has an array of solutions to “secure the blessings of liberty” for the people, from a presidential executive order to a judicial interpretation of the Constitution.
    The restriction of certain guns and ammunition must be a viable solution if our country truly wants to “form a more perfect Union.”

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  • JACKLIN from California

    We live in a culture of bullying and violence, given our high level of tolerance for violence and bloodshed in the home, in the schools, in the workplace, and in the community. We should abolish gun ownership and gun manufacturing. We should abolish the Second Amendment. All forms of life on Earth have value. Above all, human life is priceless, and we need to learn to at least co-exist. We need to understand what it takes to be a good human being, given our false assumptions about gender and masculinity. Violence will not make a man more masculine. Violence makes a man weaker. Above all, violence is unnessassry and unethical, because it causes suffering and the loss of life.

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    We live in a culture of bullying and violence, given our high level of tolerance for violence and bloodshed in the home, in the schools, in the workpl…

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  • Kasey from Virginia

    I believe there should be more restrictions for the purchasing of guns and ammunition. Between 1999 and 2016, there have been 572,437 total gun deaths, including 213,175 homicide deaths and 11,428 unintentional deaths (https://gun-control.procon.org/). Since that data has been taken, there have been many more lives taken due to gun violence. Though I stand by the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms, there must be more restrictions set to limit the type and amount of guns bought by an individual as well as a stricter process to acquire such weapons. I am aware of the argument that it’s really the people performing the horrible acts of violence and not the guns. While I see the validity in this position, I do not think this is a justification to have lenient rules to appease those who use guns solely for recreation or self defense. It is similar to the idea that we have speed limits to keep the public safe on the roads. You may be able to drive safely down the highway at 75mph, but because not everyone may have the same skill handling a vehicle as you, the limit is set at 60mph to cater towards the majority and protect all people on the road. In this same way, I feel that more restrictions should be set to make it more difficult and less likely for guns to get in the hands of those who cannot handle them responsibly.

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    I believe there should be more restrictions for the purchasing of guns and ammunition. Between 1999 and 2016, there have been 572,437 total gun deaths…

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    • Madeline from Indiana

      This is a very intelligent argument, however I disagree. The Second Amendment prohibits infringing the right of the people to keep and bear arms. That does not mean that you can restrict guns as long as you don’t ban them. It means that you can’t restrict them *period.* You simply cannot stand by the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms, and still support restrictions on guns. What you are proposing goes directly against the Second Amendment, therefore, it is highly illegal. It is commendable that you want fewer irresponsible people to get guns, however your gun control proposals will not accomplish that. If you limit the type of guns that people can buy, then criminals will have better guns. If you limit the amount of guns that people can buy, then criminals will have more guns. Gun control laws only effect lawful citizens. The gun deaths that you referenced are a result of gun control laws, which are illegally signed. The justification for this is that it protects the people. In reality, it restricts our greatest means of defending ourselves.

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      This is a very intelligent argument, however I disagree. The Second Amendment prohibits infringing the right of the people to keep and bear arms. That…

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  • Molly from Alaska

    According to the 2nd Amendment, we all have the right to bear arms. I don’t want that right to be infringed upon but tightening security surrounding the sale of guns and ammunition, if you really had good intentions in owning one, wouldn’t be detrimental to the average buyer. Going through more of a background check or raising the legal age to buy firearms, etc. wouldn’t take away your right to bear arms, just increase the safety of those around them or owning them.

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    According to the 2nd Amendment, we all have the right to bear arms. I don’t want that right to be infringed upon but tightening security surrounding t…

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  • Reggie from Alaska

    Guns are being used for things they don’t need to be used for. We need to make laws that gave more precautionary measures to obtain guns.

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  • Connor from Alaska

    I admit that there are way more steps there used to be but its still way too easy to get a nowadays. Someone can go buy a guns and some bullets and shoot up a school in hour if someone wanted too. There should be a deep background check and a quiz that people must pass to be able to purchase. Every time you want to buy a new gun there’s that text. And you should limit how many guns you can bye at a time.

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    I admit that there are way more steps there used to be but its still way too easy to get a nowadays. Someone can go buy a guns and some bullets and sh…

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  • Jack from Maryland

    There is a gun violence epidemic in this country right now and the amount of high capacity assault rifles are going through the roof. There is no reason that you would ever need an assault rifle in modern society.

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    There is a gun violence epidemic in this country right now and the amount of high capacity assault rifles are going through the roof. There is no reas…

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  • sallie from Maryland

    Guns should no be readily available, there is many other forms and ways to protect ones self without the use of guns. Also as a student I should not be afraid of someone coming to school and being killed.

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    Guns should no be readily available, there is many other forms and ways to protect ones self without the use of guns. Also as a student I should not b…

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  • Hayley from Maryland

    Compared to other countries the united states is leading in death due to guns at 72% while the second-highest country is Canada with 38%. For every 100 residents in the united states, there are 120 guns. With stricter gun laws we can keep guns out of the hands of people who plan to use them for negative purposes. Guns should not be banned but they should be regulated more. 46% of Americans are dissatisfied with the current laws and want them stricter.

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    Compared to other countries the united states is leading in death due to guns at 72% while the second-highest country is Canada with 38%. For every 10…

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  • Shane from Alabama

    For the sake and safety of our nation there should be more restrictions. The harder guns are to get the less people will own them.

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  • Raynah from Maryland

    Guns should not be this easily accessible, they are not only tools to kill people

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  • Craig from Colorado

    I believe that there should be a restriction on unnecessary weapons like ARs and Assault weapons which I believe there already is and make a license required to buy ammo and make a license regularly checked

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    I believe that there should be a restriction on unnecessary weapons like ARs and Assault weapons which I believe there already is and make a license r…

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  • Autumn from Oregon

    We defiantly should have more restrictions on gun laws because some people might not be suitable to own a gun, so every time someone try’s to buy a gun the cashier should see if the person has any criminal records, complaints or a history of violence, to see if this person would be suitable to own a gun. We should also make sure the person has taken a gun training class to make sure they know how to use the gun and that were not selling it to someone that doesn’t have any experience with guns incase of an accident

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    We defiantly should have more restrictions on gun laws because some people might not be suitable to own a gun, so every time someone try’s to buy a gu…

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  • Matthew from Michigan

    Personally, I think that there need to be more restrictions on gun policy. In Australia, they had a mass shooting in 1996 and immediately after they put more restrictions on owned guns. Since then they have not had a mass shooting. In the united states, these things are happening once or twice a year! People are scared to go to school, mosques, and churches in fear of getting killed. When guns first were made they were to hunt and to be able to feed their families.

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    Personally, I think that there need to be more restrictions on gun policy. In Australia, they had a mass shooting in 1996 and immediately after they p…

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    Gun control has been a problem since the moment they were invented. Even with a hunting or a conceal and carry license, guns display a danger to their own and everyone around them. And with this growing terror of gun violence throughout the U.S, changes must be made. Something as simple as changing the design of guns to make them more difficult to maneuver could potentially save hundreds of lives. Another option could be making the process of having a license and owning a gun two separate processes, and more difficult to obtain. Regardless of the path taken, one thing is for certain. If we continue as things are, we are only preparing for a more dangerous future for all Americans.

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  • Jackson from Illinois

    I believe that there should be more restrictions on purchasing guns or ammo. It is too easy to get your hands on a gun. Almost anyone can lie on a background check and nobody would blink an eye at it because they would believe that the person is telling the truth. Guns end up in the wrong hands way too often. I think that they need to have better background checks and do more research on the one who is purchasing. I do not think it should be almost impossible to receive or purchase a gun but it should be a lot more difficult than it is.

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  • Parker from Illinois

    I believe that there should be a higher restriction on gun laws. There are many people that have guns, but by a psychological standpoint, shouldn’t. Most gun related deaths are suicide, which means that depression is a major reason that it should be harder to acquire a firearm. Many deaths could have been prevented if there were a more thorough check on somebody’s psychological record. With higher regulations, and maybe some more in depth treatments for depression, and in the end, less suicides. However, that theory cannot be proven unless it were actually done, so we can’t really be sure that it would help, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

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  • Blayton from Illinois

    I think that there should be more restrictions for purchasing guns. I think that it is too easy for criminals or people with bad intentions to get a gun. I believe there should be a more thorough background check for purchasing firearms. I also think that that age limit for purchasing any firearm should be raised to 21. I do not think that someone in high school needs to be able to obtain a firearm. I think that if a relative or a friend of a person that is trying to get a firearm calls the person selling the firearm that the guy who is trying to buy the firearm has issues and should not own a gun, then he or she should not be able to obtain a gun.

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  • Raegan from Illinois

    Yes, some people nowadays are mentally ill. They misuse the guns by murdering innocent people. Guns should only be used for shooting competitions and by the police/army. The restrictions against gun laws and buying the guns or ammunition are very minimal and vague. They need to be asking more detailed questions and going deeper into the reasoning of why the person needs the gun or ammunition. Some people could easily lie to the background checks, so they need to be careful. They need to dig deeper in the situation and know anything and everything about the person because that is one thing that is a failure in our law system.

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    Yes, some people nowadays are mentally ill. They misuse the guns by murdering innocent people. Guns should only be used for shooting competitions and …

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  • jaydon from Illinois

    I think you should have to because people that have bad records lie on the background stuff then they could get one even if they are nuts. Like say for that the people from Florida after the shooting from nick cruise he had a a lot of problems that the people knew about then he lied on the check and his brother also was the same situation. They should have had a stronger check and that might not have happen if there was one.

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  • Katie from Illinois

    Parkland, Florida. Biggest mass shooting in a school in history. The second amendment gives U.S citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Banning guns would just take this right from U.S citizens away. This is common sense. No one should ban guns. But making the laws more strict can help lower the amount of mass shootings. Background checks are a huge problem when trying to purchase guns. The background check the shooter in the Parkland shooting filled out was so simple. When I say simple, I mean how easy it is to lie on the background checks. So, by making these background checks more reliable the number of mass shootings could possibly lower.

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  • Carter from Illinois

    In my opinion I feel that there should be stricter laws on guns. That is because now in the last couple of years there has been a higher rate in shootings around the world. So instead of going in and be able to say yes or no to a couple of questions and be able to poses a gun is not right. I feel there should be a new department that when someone is going to purchase a gun there is a full background check on them. What I mean is that the department goes to there school and family to ask questions. Doing this in my opinion is would maybe reduce the risk of someone getting a gun to be reduced.

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  • Peyton from Illinois

    I agree that gun restrictions are terrible. A teenager can get a gun legal with the slap of his or her finger. I think that the person buying the gun or ammunition should have to have three people say that they do not have mental health issues. I also think that in every state the age limit should not be 18 it should be 21 so that are less school shooting because if you are 21 you are out of high school and you will not have the passion to shoot up a school.

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    I agree that gun restrictions are terrible. A teenager can get a gun legal with the slap of his or her finger. I think that the person buying the gu…

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  • Jess from Illinois

    I feel like we need stricter gun laws for many reasons. I feel this way because we need to keep guns in peoples hands but put them in the right peoples hands. We need stricter background checks so when people go into a gun store they can know if the person is mentally unstable or if they have had past problems with gun violence. Having stricter gun laws will help prevent gun violence and keep more people safe.

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  • Mykaila from California

    There should be more restrictions to purchasing guns especially in today’s society. guns are one of the number one leading causes of death and mainly in teen death. now a days its super easy to get access to guns even when you are under the age of 18.I feel as if you are 18 and under you shouldnt not be allowed to purchase and the age to legally purchase should be 25 and up, the same age range as they have set on renting cars.

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    • Justyn from Illinois

      I respectfully disagree, guns are not the leading cause of death for teens. In 2016 over 20,000 children ages 1-19 died from car accidents. In that same year less than 4,000 children of the same ages died from firearms. There were 5 times the number of deaths from car accidents

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  • Nate from California

    Yes I agree on this matter because it far to easy to purchase and own a gun. Teens are even able to get their hands on them no matter of the age concretions using them immaturely and accidentally getting he or she kill by one. Adding more restriction to guns uses and ownership can help out the matter by letting only licences people and of age buy the guns responsible.

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    Yes I agree on this matter because it far to easy to purchase and own a gun. Teens are even able to get their hands on them no matter of the age concr…

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  • Ariana from California

    I agree, nowadays it is so easy for a young one to touch a gun, because of the little restrictions that we have for guns. A gun can just be laid out on a table and if a little kid sees it, of course they’re going to think that it’s a toy, but instead they’re harming our kind, because of the adults who are not fully aware as to what’s going on around them and they themselves (adults) see guns, not as a weapon, but as a tool, which in my opinion is completely the opposite.

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  • Sydney from Colorado

    I agree with this! Guns today are so accessible to the point where a teenager could easily get a hold of one, that should not be our world. The original purpose of guns was not to use them as a weapon to kill with no liable reason, they were created as a tool for survival and protection. The fact that when a shooting happens today we in a way brush it off like it is normal and familiar. Although people say that the person behind the gun is the issue, we don’t think about the fact that it all comes down to the gun itself, if guns were never created then shootings and gun violence would not exist. It is as simple as that.

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    • Jess from Illinois

      I agree with you all of the way. I feel like teenagers shouldn´t be able to get a hold of guns as easy as they can now.

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    • nolle from Ohio

      well, the issue is the person behind the gun, the people who allowed access to the gun, and the gun itself. First of all, who give a teenager a gun. Is the person who is giving to access to the gun doing their job.

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  • Cedar from Utah

    It shouldnt be so easy to kill people

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  • Sumer from Virginia

    The increase in gun violence over the past few years has brought the controversial topic of gun control into light. While some may argue that gun reform limits the liberty of American citizens, others believe that common sense gun laws will reduce the amount of mass shootings in the United States. I believe the federal government should take action on the country’s gun violence issue by placing more restrictions on the purchasing of guns and ammunition.
    To address the high rates of firearm deaths in America, the federal government can start by implementing regulations that will raise the age to purchase guns and ammunition. While firearm deaths can be caused by individuals of all ages, there has been a significant amount of shootings recently because of younger people. By increasing the age requirement to purchase a weapon, it will be harder for young and enraged citizens to obtain firearms. Thus, reducing the rates of gun violence on the streets and in schools.
    The national government can also take action on the increase in death by firearms by requiring a federal background check for all individuals interested in purchasing a weapon. These federal background checks will be used to prevent individuals with extreme criminal records or mental illnesses from obtaining a gun and/or ammunition. If all transactions are reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, then consumers can be evaluated to ensure that a gun is only placed into the hands of those that are sane and responsible.
    Another regulation that some citizens are advocating for is the waiting period to purchase a firearm. While some states have a mandatory delay between the purchase and delivery of a gun, other states allow consumers to obtain a weapon on the day of the purchase. A waiting period is important because it can reduce the amount of gun-related crimes in America. For example, if an infuriated individual walked into a store to purchase a weapon with the intention of using it to cause physical harm to another person and he/she was told that they have to wait before being given the weapon, they would have a few days to alleviate their anger. Moreover, the waiting period could make dangerous Americans change their mind about committing a crime.
    The United States was raised on John Locke’s social contract idea which states that Americans give up certain freedoms in exchange for security from the government. In this case, citizens are giving up the ability to instantly access a weapon to help prevent death related crimes from occurring. While gun reform does not guarantee a change in the death rates, taking action could potentially reduce the amount of casualties caused by firearms because it makes obtaining a weapon harder.

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    • claudia from Florida

      I strongly agree with this, the government should implement a law where only people with no criminal background nor mental illnesses can purchase a gun.

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  • Haiden from Colorado

    I think there should definitely be more gun restriction laws because children and teens can easily get to a gun that their parents own and mental health is a huge contributor so there needs to be better background checks and mental health checks to make sure someone is in the right mental state to purchase and own a firearm

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    I think there should definitely be more gun restriction laws because children and teens can easily get to a gun that their parents own and mental heal…

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    • Blayton from Illinois

      I agree that people who have mental health issues should not be able to own a gun

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  • Jenna from Colorado

    Yes. First off, I believe that guns are not the issue, and that it is the person behind the gun that does the damage. But with that said I believe that there should be stricter background checks and trainings required before you can purchase a gun and ammunition because I think that will not allow a lot of the mentally unstable people to purchase guns and commit crimes with them. But I do believe that guns and ammunition are a right to purchase by American Citizens.

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    • Katie from Illinois

      I agree! Many people say guns are the issue. However, it is the person holding the gun. Making gun laws more strict will lower the amount of these people having access to guns.

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  • Makenzie from Colorado

    There should be more restrictions on Guns and Ammunition because it would make it much harder for people to purchase guns and ammunition. I personally believe that there should be an age restriction on who is allowed to purchase guns and there should be more inspections on those who own guns.
    I also believe that people who are under 18 and have mental issues shouldn’t be able to have possession of any weapon because they would cause damage to themselves and others around them. I really support this issue because there have been way too many mass shootings that involved guns and there really needs to be stricter restrictions set to try to prevent this.

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  • Maximiliano from Nevada

    In my opinion I think that there should be restrictions on guns and ammunition because there are just people who buy guns just to buy and they don’t really know how to use them. Guns were meant as tools to defend but not just go around and start killing people like crazy. There should be this thing that you should go to the police department and see your criminal record to see if you are clean and let them decide if they can give you a pas to go and purchase a fire arm and ammunition so people can become a little bit more safe.

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    • Jess from Illinois

      I agree with this all of the way. Guns are supposed to be used to have self defense and to put food on the table. Guns need to be less accessible.

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    • Jonathan from Colorado

      That thing that you wish we had where Police Men see your criminal history before allowing a purchase already exists. It’s called a background check that any gun seller has to run to see if that individual can or can’t be a customer for the store. They usually take around 15-20 minutes to process and if you have a bad background you will not be allowed to purchase the weapon. Currently there is no background checks on ammunition they just check your ID for age, and this is because if you didn’t pass the background to buy a weapon you can’t really do much with ammo.

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      That thing that you wish we had where Police Men see your criminal history before allowing a purchase already exists. It’s called a background check t…

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  • Tess from Colorado

    As a high school student, this topic of discussion hits close to home. I shouldn’t be scared to come in to school everyday, scared when I walk by someone I may have never seen before in the hallway, or scared that at any moment by life could be over. I know I am not the only one feeling this way, everyone of my friends and classmates feels the same way. There are changes that can be made to both the gun issue and the mental health issue. A heavier background check, I think, should be in place so people who aren’t in a stable mental space are stopped before the opportunity is over.

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    • Isabel from Colorado

      I feel the same way, I am too from Colorado and the school I go to is very close to the one that was in a shooting last school year (STEM Academy). It was really scary because some of my closest friends went/go to that school. It was terrifying to think that in a other life that school could have been mine. We were close enough that it could have been. And that’s what’s scary.

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    • Sydney from Colorado

      I completely agree. Students should not have to go to school feeling unsafe because of how common shootings are in society today. Now schools and districts are talking about teachers having a gun in class as if that is going to make students feel any safer, if anything it would only make us feel even more unsafe. Rather than bringing more guns into the picture we should be working on removing them by enforcing and creating more restrictions for the purchase of guns and ammunition.

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      I completely agree. Students should not have to go to school feeling unsafe because of how common shootings are in society today. Now schools and di…

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  • Julia from Colorado

    Guns and ammunition were put in place for our self defense and protection. We should have the right to purchase fire arms with a higher age restriction because many kids are uncontrolled with their emotions that can be taken into situations that harm them or others. Deeper background checks should be set in place to keep from individuals who have federal offenses and or misuse of fire arms or other. They should also and most importantly place medical background checks into place. This should be put in place, for it allows the supplier to review if deep mental health problems are occurring in the individual and if it would be safe to sell them a fire arm if an episode or stage were to occur to allow them to miss use the object.

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    • Tess from Colorado

      I agree completely, yes guns are used for self-defense and should continue to be used for that and that reason only. Kids our age don’t have a true need to be purchasing a gun, and if they do it’s for the wrong reasons. Our brains aren’t fully developed and have access and the ability to purchase a gun could leave us with regret, remorse, and jail time.

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      I agree completely, yes guns are used for self-defense and should continue to be used for that and that reason only. Kids our age don’t have a true ne…

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  • Hannah from Alabama

    Mass shootings are directly caused by the ability for untrained and unscreened civilians to purchase assault weapons that are specially designed to take many lives in a short span of time. No civilian needs this kind of weaponry at their disposal, no matter how much they claim it is only for self-defense purposes. Growing up in America has shown me that many politicians value their 2nd Amendment rights more than mine and my peers’ rights to life. Growing up in America has given me a sense of impending fear and panic whenever I step into a classroom to take a test. Students should not be expected to think of lines of defense if an active shooter enters their school. Students should not fear that each day might be their last, simply because right-wing politicians have sold out to the NRA. I should not have had to fear for my younger sister’s life every time she stepped on the campus of her high school. America has raised an entire generation of children, teens, and young adults with post-traumatic stress disorder. We panic at the sound of fireworks. We freeze when we hear a heavy object being dropped in a store. We feel deep anxiety every time we step into a concert, a movie theater, a place of worship, a Walmart, or simply our own schools. The United States has become a place of terror for many students, and while we should not have to beg or plead for our lives to simply be valued above guns and money from the NRA, we will not stop fighting until mass shootings are a thing of the past. We must become better.

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  • chloe from Colorado

    I think that having more restrictions increases safety for the majority and keeps guns out of unessecary situations where they pose more of a threat than anything. like pithing homes or schools, if you don’t live in a dangerous area why would you need a gun? I understand the feeling of security but the number of children who accidentally kill themselves, or the students who choose to kill their peers were all preventable and often happen in middle class safe areas.

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    • Jonathan from Colorado

      “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety”- Benjamin Franklin
      Chloe you stated “if you don’t live in a dangerous area why would you need a gun?” Thats a valid point. How did that area become “safe” in the first place? Are some areas just naturally safer than others? Nope. What makes areas safe has shown to be citizen gun ownership. Many shootings are prevented by citizens who conceal their weapon. A robber will never attempt to rob a police station because he knows it’s a bad idea. Such as a house intruder that knows he isn’t gonna mess with a lot of towns in Texas that have high gun ownership. Gun ownership makes places safe because criminals avoid such areas.

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    • Makenzie from Colorado

      I also agree with you Chloe because having more restrictions would allow there to be a higher increase in security and in schools.

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  • Hannah from Colorado

    I think there should be more gun control. I live in Colorado and the Columbine shooting left a huge mark. People try to copy the tragedy every year (that’s why we have that day off of school). We have had gun threats- someone purchased a gun in florida and threatened to shoot up a school and we actually had a school shooting last year at the highschool closest to ours. In both of these cases stricter gun laws nationwide would’ve made a huge difference. We live in a country where the non consistent gun laws are evidently a huge safety issue as someone could go to another state to buy a weapon that isn’t allowed in their state of residency.
    Most of us don’t realize how messed up this idea of having school shootings be ‘normal’ or ‘just something that happens” but it is. It’s horrible that we are so desensitized by these tragedies that happen every day that the idea that someone could potentially just shoot up our school is proof in and of itself that something needs to change. we need to make guns and ammunition harder to get ahold of or at the very least make all of the gun laws consistent so states that presume themselves ‘safe’ are actually safe.

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  • Preston from Colorado

    Here’s the thing, it’s not a matter of debating whether or not their should be gun control laws but instead what those laws are. the system America has in place is not really practical. The laws in each state are different and confusing along with having many loopholes such as gun show purchases. In my own opinion I think that the federal government needs to step in and make the laws mainstream and practical. I think it is important to consider 2 things when implementing new restrictions or removing them. Population density and a states culture. The federal government should implement 3 levels of gun security laws based on these two key factors. with 1 being the lowest and easiest to get guns and firearms and 3 being the most difficult. you would need a license to own a gun similar to a conceal and carry license and its difficulty should be based on the level of security the state has been given. A license from a level 3 state can be used in a level 2 state but a level 2 license can’t be used in a level 3 state. This way we would be able to have consistency throughout the U.S. and make it easy to understand what is needed to get a gun. It is important to note that no matter what restrictions we put in place if somebody really wants to hurt people they’ll always be able to find a way to do so but hopefully this will make it easier for the average citizen to get a gun while also going through the necessary checks.

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  • Sarah from Kentucky

    In modern times, when Americans think about guns, “school shooting” instantly comes to their minds. Admittedly, there are many cases of gun violence, but that statistic can be deceiving because a large percentage of those high numbers are from suicide and gang violence. (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/16/what-the-data-says-about-gun-deaths-in-the-u-s/) A medical screening of gun consumers should be required. Although the right to bear arms is guaranteed, there should be a new definition of guns permitted to be owned. Weapons should be held on a potential fatality scale, with the most dangerous weapons hardest to obtain. To own a weapon deemed “dangerous”, the consumer should have a license for a set amount of years and have passed a thorough background check. So in conclusion, there should be a few more regulations.

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  • Aidan from Colorado

    I think that the process one should have to go through to buy a gun should be more rigorous. Such as making background checks and national standard for buying a gun. As it currently stands in some states you aren’t required to pass a background check. Another possible solution could be to implement mental health checks for all people trying to purchase a gun. This will help keep guns away from unstable individuals who may misuse their firearm. These measures would still allow the average citizen to buy and own a gun but just make it harder for people to get them if they intend to misuse them.

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  • Laney from Kentucky

    I don’t think guns are a bad thing, in fact I think they can be amazing when in in the right hands. However, too many times guns fall into the wrong hands. There has been so much gun violence in America lately, especially with all of the mass shootings that have been occuring. So many of the individuals behind those guns have previously been red flagged or had concerns raised about them, yet they were still able to get guns. There needs to be more rigorous and thorough background checks implemented when it comes to purchasing firearms. Especially when it comes to the potential buyers mental health. On top of that there needs to be restrictions on what type of guns a person can buy. People shouldn’t be able to buy semi-automatic weapons, they have no need for them. There are so many other types of guns out there that are less dangerous that could work just as well for anything that an everyday American citizen would need them for.

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  • Daniel from Kentucky

    Section Two of the United States Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to own and bear arms. This has been a point of contentment as long as our nation has stood. However, in our modern world, the violence associated with firearms has grown to a monstrous state. The answer to this is not to disarm the people, or to arm more people but to require more than a one and done background checks when purchasing firearms. Now firearms are registered but the people owning them are not held to a standard. If a regulation requiring a background check and ensuring mental stability has to be held every three to four years, in an effort to limit the guns in the hands of those mentaly unfit to possess weapons. If a person did fail the test then they should be able to appeal the decision and be judged by their peers. The purpose of these evaluations would not be to take away the ability to own firearms but to ensure that the people in possession of these guns are both safe and aware enough to both own and use firearms. It is not the right of governance to take away private property, but if someone is deemed unsafe to both the public and themselves, they should not be allowed to own or purchase firearms for a period of time, or until they are no longer a danger.

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    The topic of restrictions on gun rights is a very hot topic in modern America. I believe that there should not necessarily be more restrictions but better ones than we currently have. I’m a firm believer in the fact that criminals who want to inflict harm can and will find illegal access to guns. These are not the people that we are missing in the vetting process. We are missing the mentally disturbed individuals who have not yet committed a crime. Background checks for gun sales should be more extensive. For starters, people looking to buy a firearm in the U.S. should have to provide their social media information considering many violent gun attacks have been found to be premeditated on a social platform.

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  • Aaron from Kentucky

    I think that there should be a required background check that must be passed before a firearm can be purchased. This background check should also contain information about mental health. The mental health portion should be thoughtfully considered. These two things will help keep guns out of the hands of people that have a criminal past or people who do to psychiatric reasons should not possess a gun.

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    • Blayton from Illinois

      I agree that there should be a more thorough background check. People with mental health issues should not be able to obtain a firearm.

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    • jaydon from Illinois

      I agree with this. They need one where the background check is not only made by you. They need to make sure your not mentally ill and put the gun in the wrong hands.

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    • Katie from Illinois

      I also agree. Background checks seem to always be put on the side but in reality it is a huge deal. These are the people causing the crimes. I think that there should definitely be a required mental test as well.

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  • Halila from Virginia

    I think there should be a heavier restriction on guns and ammunition. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut stated, “My personal view is that we should do as much as possible, as quickly as possible to save as many lives as possible.” I agree with this statement completely. Every single day 100 people are killed by guns. EVERYDAY! That is not okay or normal. The government has no problem banning other things but wants to ignore the most deadly issue the united states has. We must get rid of these violent objects. People should not be dying from a small metal bullet. Fix this issue trump administration, you’re failing your country and adolescents.

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  • Angela from Missouri

    I think that there should be more gun control. Coming from a hunting family, if you have to go through a background check, then it should be easy, since you don’t have anything in your past that would hinder the process. Anyone that would have anything that would be a red flag wouldn’t get a firearm, but anyone that had a good record could be eligible. Common people would still get them, but it would be more thorough.

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  • brooke from Utah

    No matter if we take away guns, or keep them, there is always another source of violence. But futhermore, it will decrease the violence. We arent taking them away, just making it harder to get them.

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    • Nicholas from Colorado

      I agree with your ideas of making guns harder to get, but in what way? I think guns should be made harder to get by requiring classes to educate the users on how to use the guns.

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    Many who oppose making firearms more difficult to purchase believe that it will not stop evil people from getting guns if they try hard enough, but that’s not quite the point. If we were to place much stricter regulations for gun control, such as raising the legal age to buy guns, better documentation of anyone who has ever purchased a gun, limitations on the number of guns and the kinds of guns people can buy, along with much stricter background checks on those buying the guns, more legal penalties that are truly enforced for those in violation of the law, mandatory gun safety classes, as just as much harm can come from a stupid person with a gun, than an evil person with a gun, and checks to make sure those in possession of a firearm are not in violation of the law. This is a long term idea though, as the chances of multiple large pieces of gun reform legislature passing are slim to none. With the seemingly constant increase in mass shootings and gun violence on a near daily basis, it is difficult to see a way for legislature like this to pass. The day that upper-middle class children were gunned down by a maniac with a gun, and nothing was done after that to lesson the blow is a prime example of the lengths that our government will go through to protect 2nd amendment right, even though the vagueness of the second amendment in and of itself is enough to cause confusion on whether or not our founders believed we should all own firearms. The massive tragedies our country has faced, when looked upon at a global level, is an insane outlier, brought about by a constant fetishization of guns by media and political figures alike, leading to a sense of patriotism linked to gun ownership, a practice that has proved time and time again to be malpractice, going against the greater good of our country.

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    • Julia from Colorado

      I strongly agree with your opinion on gun control and adding in other examples of how to help decrease the frequency of people who could purchase fire arms that may be a danger to the public. I also like how you quoted for gun safety classes and stated ” as just as much harm can come from a stupid person with a gun, than an evil person with a gun, and checks to make sure those in possession of a firearm are not in violation of the law.”

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    I believe that there should be more restrictions on buying guns. In this day of time violence is becoming more frequent in the past years. Have stronger gun control may not stop the violence, but it will make it harder to try. I believe they should have a background check and check the doctor’s records to see if the person is in a stable state of mind.

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  • Aneliese from Kentucky

    Just how driving is a right, so should self defense be. Although some people collect guns, they should not be a collectible item that we should have so many of. There should be a limit to how many guns each person owns, perhaps a maximum of 5. We do not want others to have access to so many weapons, and should require gun safes or lock boxes for each individual. Many people have been hurt or killed because of improper gun usage. People should also be required to take a gun safety class and earn a license, much like driving. This way they have to present such a license during the purchasing process. Increasing taxes on ammunition may stop some from purchasing weapons or using them, but it could also encourage them to find other way to access it. Those who want something they cannot have will go behind the back of the law to get it.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I believe that the access to weapons or guns on the market is really easy and too accessible to the younger audiences of society. Making these restrictions and rules would make it harder for people resulting in less violence. With these restrictions it would make is easier to know who the owner of the gun is and location of the person.

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  • Lilly from Kentucky

    I think that there should be more restrictions because of how easy it is for so many people to buy guns. They may have a mental disability or intent to hurt without the seller knowing this. Other countries with much higher restrictions on the ability to buys guns have far fewer shootings than the United States. I think with more restrictions we would be able to feel safer. Those with the correct intentions of buying a gun could still be able to because of their purposes with the gun and ammunition. I believe that there should also be many background checks on those and stores should be more closely monitored. I do not wish for those with the right intentions to lose their privileges but to control gun violence, there has to be a change with gun reform.

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  • Morgan from Kentucky

    I believe there should be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition because for most people it is very easy to purchase a gun. Therefore, if there were more restrictions, then there is a better chance that violence would decrease in the United States. This year there were many school shootings. Well, where did the students with guns receive them? This is a worldwide debate that many people talk about on a daily basis. I believe that people should be allowed to own guns for their own private safety but there should be many restrictions with that. For instance, the type of gun, many background checks, and many detective work. The people with guns should prove to a committee or staff why they need the gun and what type of gun they should possess. I think that many people have guns for the right reason but there is always that one person that gets through to the universe. We need to figure out how we can limit these disasters.

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  • Ethan from Kentucky

    I think that there should be a few things added to the process of buying a gun like they should do a medical check on people to see if they have any history with any mental problems that could be seen as a threat to others or themselves. For example if someone has had a serious problem with depression they should be watched so just in case they don’t turn the gun on themselves or anyone else.

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    My opinion is that there should be no guns at all except those used for hunting. One could argue that guns assist self-defense, however offenses are commonly committed with guns. Thus, instead of reacting with more guns, we could be proactive by eliminating the need for self-defense by having no guns in the first place. The notion of school teachers being armed with guns is absolutely absurd: there would only be more opportunity for school shootings because teachers are human and humans make mistakes such as walking out of the room.

    Other comments in favor of guns address that people who start mass shootings are criminals who obtain their weapons illegally. I would like to point out that indeed these people are criminals for commiting murder, they may have simply been depressed kids prior to conducting to the shooting or they may have simply seen no reason for living and decided to take out their anger on other people. I would also like to point out that gun smuggling is incredibly easy because there are no border-checks between states. Thus, someone can purchase guns in a non-restrive state like Utah and proceed to drive to a state where the gun is illegal such as California. Thus, thus solution is not individual states enforcing gun laws. Rather, the solution is amending the constitution in order to say that the right to have guns depends upon the gun being used for hunting game.

    “The right to bear arms shall not be infringed.” I am pretty sure that our founding fathers intended guns to be used for hunting game and other wild animals, not for shooting innocent people.

    Lastly, I would like to propose a possible alternative that guns do not kill people, instead bullets kill people. The solution may seem impractical, but the bullets used for Uzis and AK47s are very different from the bullets used in hunting rifles and could not be mad compatible. Thus, if only we eliminated all possible ammunition for non-hunting guns and seized all machinery used to produce these bullets, then the problem with gun violence would resolve itself.

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    I believe there should be more restrictions on guns for the safety of others. I personally don’t feel like people should really have guns in the first place since we are flawed humans who sometimes make irrational and dangerous decisions, however, that would cause an outrage, so I think it’d be best to limit access to guns instead. I think there needs to be more precautions, like requiring private sellers to also conduct background checks, making said background checks more thorough, and increasing prices to discourage some buyers. In short, buying guns should be a harder and lengthier process, becoming more selective.

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  • Harrison from Kentucky

    In our world today, Mass shootings have been brought to the forefront of conversations involving gun restrictions. Mass shootings continue to become more regular and almost something America has learned to accept. Although, I do believe being able to buy guns is not the only problem that needs to be solved regarding gun violence, it is part of the problem. 673 people have died as a result of mass shootings 184 of which are children. These numbers are too high. People need to realize that being able to buy guns so easily is part of this epidemic. When I turn 18, I can just go to Dick’s sporting goods and purchase a firearm. Many perpetrators of mass shootings have very easy access to guns and have had no background check or mental health evaluation done. Now doing this seems like a lengthy process, but I believe it is well worth it. However it is still an issue that guns and ammunition can be bought so easily and people are able to get there hands on guns, whether stable or unstable. Guns have become an epidemic to society and if nothing is done about it then more and more people will fall victim to a mass shooting.

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  • maggie from Kentucky

    I believe that there should be higher restrictions on guns and ammunition. some say that there should always be a gun in a household for defense against an intruder. Although I do agree that people should be able to defend themselves, I don’t think that a firearm is necessary for that. There are many different ways to defend your family from intruders. For example, having a bat, a taser, pepper spray, etc. are all good ways to defend yourself and your family from harm without taking someone’s life. I don’t life the idea of hunting but I realize some need do to so for food, I wish that there was a way to use guns strictly for hunting. sadly I cannot think of a way to control that other than possibly having trackers on them which go against your right to privacy. Finally, I believe that large assault rifles and automatics are not needed for hunting if you need that many bullets going for a deer than you should not be hunting, get a better shot, please.

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  • Donovan from Kentucky

    Putting restrictions on the purchase of firearms is necessary to ensuring the safety of our country and its civilians. Data shows that countries where firearm access is restricted have much less gun violence and violence than America. Additionally, restricting access to firearms, such as background checks, do not keep responsible gun owners from getting firearms. Responsible gun owners would still be allowed to purchase and use firearms. More restriction is a small price to pay for the increased safety of American civilians.

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  • K.C. from Indiana

    I think that if possible they should make more requirements but the problem is there are already a lot. People will always find ways around the system. After all, heroin is illegal and people still find ways to get it.

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  • Kyle from Kentucky

    The guns and ammunition are not the problem. The problem is that the stores that sell the guns do not do anything to verify that the person buying the guns should or should not be allowed to buy them. Meaning that you could walk into a gun store and buy a gun with ammunition. Maybe the worker at the store might ask you what you are buying it for but there are no background check or anything to say it is safe for this person to own a gun. If there were more restrictions or maybe more steps to buying a gun, the gun would be in safer hands.

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    I believe there should be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition. People who are not responsible enough to have guns are able to purchase them, and this lead to many terrible events. For example, a mass shootings or a child accidentally getting ahold of one of their parents guns and shooting themselves, not understand how a gun works. I think laws such as you have to be 25 to purchase a gun, and you have to own a gun safe in order to purchase a gun. This way the guns will be able to put up safely and out of children’s reach. Also, the person buying the gun should have no criminal record. There should be a class every person who buys a gun must go to, and learn about gun safety, before owning one.

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  • Noel from Kentucky

    I believe that there should be more restrictions on purchasing guns and ammunition. Currently, the United States has experienced multiple school shootings. Additionally, many mass shootings at public venues have occurred. Therefore, I believe the government should impose restrictions, such as raising the age and taxes. If we put restrictions on a sought after item, it would limit the number of gun owners and prevent determined shooters from purchasing a gun. We need to keep our citizens safe from death.

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  • Noah from New York

    I believe that there are not many ways to actually prevent a mass shooting from happening, whether it be a background check or a new law. However, adding restrictions will definitely help. We are so well past the line on stopping gun violence completely and indefinitely. Criminals will most likely find a way around the system. But some restrictions on purchasing guns and ammunition can perhaps stop a handful of individuals from committing a crime, and if that individual is capable of injuring or even murdering more than one person, we must take it as an absolute necessity. I find it strange that high school students have access to a gun or their parent’s gun, and I think a stronger age restriction and a stern policy on where an individual keeps the gun in a family household may prevent just that.

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    • Aidan from Colorado

      I completely agree that there is no way to stop gun violence entirely. Putting other measures in to stop even a small amount of violence is well worth it because at the end of the day it will be human lives that are lost if action isn’t taken.

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  • Jared from Ohio

    I believe that there should be more restrictions that focus more on consumer stability and responsibility. Guns shouldn’t be taken away from good people, but as the past has shown us, there have been too many flukes in the current system that lead to failing the American people.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    If making the guns control laws more strict could save a life, then it would be worth it. There are ways to increase the security around buying and selling guns and their ammunition without infringing too much on the rights of the people. Adding background checks along with detailed records is something that should already be happening. There are some people that are not mentally stable enough to own a gun. Guns are only objects as dangerous as the people who carry them. That is why the restrictions should be on who can have access to them, rather than restrictions on the actual object.

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  • Caleb from Virginia

    In many of the recent mass shootings of the past decade, the weapons used have been able to be traced back to a licensed weapon dealer whether it be an individual or store. For example, Dylan Roof, who fatally killed nine people inside a Methodist church in Charleston, SC, bought his gun at a Federal Firearm Licensee. Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 in Washington D.C purchased a shotgun just two days prior at a shop in Lorton, Virginia. Adam Lanza, who used a gun registered to his mother’s name to shoot and kill 26 children at an elementary school. With proper restrictions and deeper in-depth background checks, this had the possibility to all be avoided.

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    I do understand that adding restrictions will not stop most gun related deaths, but it can’t hurt the situation. If an individual truly has a wholesome and safe desire for a gun, then they should have no problem passing tests and following proper rules and regulations. There will always be people who do insane things and commit horrible murders, whether they use a gun or not. They can always find a way to commit these acts. Our goal should be to make it difficult for them and to prepare. Preparation could include authorities carrying guns, but they must still be required to follow the same rules and regulations.

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  • Zoe from Kentucky

    The purchase of guns and ammunition should have more restrictions. I am not saying to take guns away completely because that would go against the Second Amendment. However, restrictions can help keep thousands of others safe. The United States has the most school shootings and deaths by gun violence worldwide. Restrictions could help reduce this number. For example, Kentucky is proposing red flag laws that flag anyone who may be unfit to own guns because they may harm themselves or others. Restrictions like these don’t take away the right to own a gun completely, but instead help monitor people and safety.

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  • Garrett from Kentucky

    The constitution gives citizens the right the bear arms, but this does not mean we have the right to abuse them. In recent years, the US has seen much gun violence and many deaths, but the problem isn’t necessarily the guns, it’s the people with the guns. We need more gun and ammo restrictions in order to prevent evil people from wielding guns and killing innocent lives.

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    It is no secret that many people feel like guns should be banned or restricted due to the prevalence of mass shootings in our country. I do agree that actions need to be taken; however, prohibiting guns is not the answer. Not only would it defy the 2nd Amendment, but it would also prevent people from protecting themselves. If a criminal wants to shoot up a school or church, a law isn’t going to stop him from getting weapons. I do not think that banning guns will solve this problem. That being said, I think the more dangerous guns should have restrictions on them and require extensive classes and training in order to buy them. Everyone has the right to bear arms, but some of the more deadly weapons should be reserved for law enforcement and military.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    There is definitely a need to take action in restricting the access to guns and ammunition in the US. The amount of attacks on civilians continues to rise throughout the whole country and most of these terrorists are common people that buy their firearms at common places like Walmart. The gun market needs to be better regulated by limiting the amount of places someone can buy a gun. For example, if I am grocery shopping at a place like Walmart, I should not be able to walk 200 steps to purchase a gun along with my soda and peanut butter. There just need to be more logical solutions in place that separate buying guns for recreation and guns for protection. The government should take control of gun sales and regulate who owns what and why they own that firearm.

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    • Jasiah from California

      In america you cant tell a business what to sell and what not to sell as long as its legal and also the attacks on civilians are made by other people not the guns themselves. The only thing stores should be more pressed on should be on background checks.

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  • Lily from Kentucky

    There should be more restrictions on the sale of guns and ammunition because people everywhere are suffering as a result of gun violence. Gun violence ends lives, yet people worry too much about their abilities to hunt than the lives of human beings, and it’s sick. No one is saying guns should be banned. I believe there should be more thorough background checks and mental health checks, as well as restrictions to the kinds of guns you can buy–no one needs an AR-15 to hunt. Guns aren’t the problem here. People are. But why should we allow the problem to have guns?

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    The United States has had 57 times as many school shootings as other nations combined. That statement alone should be enough of a call for change. Guns should not be outlawed all together, but they should be made much harder to obtain. For example, raising the age of who can buy a gun, making it more difficult to have a gun license, etc. Not every person should be able to own a gun. Guns themselves are dangerous weapons, but it’s the people who are able to purchase and use them that are the real issue here.

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  • Jazmine from Texas

    I believe that more restriction on the people that buy guns can help lower the gun related mortality rate. Some sort of background check and a valid reason for owning a gun would need to be given at the place of purchase. Though there are many downsides, it could buy time as we attempt to find a more permanent solution.

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    • Rachel from Colorado

      Hi Jazmine!

      I completely agree with you on the parameters of the necessary means that one would want to purchase a firearm. As a deadly weapon that needs closer attention, I believe that we exist in a time that needs to follow with our given circumstances. We live more transparent with one another, and although these restrictions may be burdensome, it could be the distinction whether or not the wrong person ultimately pulls the trigger. We do need to find a more permanent solution, but if this is the best that we can do right now, it would be worth it in the long run even if one more life is saved.

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    • Maria from Colorado

      I agree with what you said. I feel like there should be deeper background checks, it would help. Even background checks that are for mental health problems to see if the person purchasing the gun has any mental health problems.

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    • Everitt from Texas

      Well hello Jazmine, but I would like to remind you that our 2nd amendment lets us all bear arms, not to hunt or have fun but to protect against a tyrannical government and other threats to us the American people. My reason to own a gun is because it is my god given right to. There is your reason.

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  • Lauren from North Carolina

    All weapons that are widely available for purchase should have restrictions in place to prevent unnecessary harm to one’s self or another. Those with a history of domestic abuse, self harm, or overall violent tenancies should not harbor a firearm in their possession. Just as a person must file for adoption or a foster license to prove their ability to support life, a gun owner needs to demonstrate their ability to responsibility handle their weapon and hold themselves accountable for what it is used on. Government agencies have made a point of adding restrictions to certain processes like adoption/fostering as mentioned before, driving, and commercial fishing. If these actions require a permit or license and people follow through with the process of obtaining one, then the restriction on the purchase of guns and ammunition should be recognized as a logical solution for unfit gun ownership.

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  • Dylan from Virginia

    Gun laws typically vary from state to state, so enforcing some certain nation-wide restrictions & regulations across the board would help. Guns being given as gifts to family & friends should also become a much more formally documented and regulated event.

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    • Becca from Kentucky

      There needs to be more restrictions on buying guns and ammunition. Guns have become a huge problem in the nation and people can easily go buy them anywhere. There should be an age restriction because right now anybody can obtain a gun. Why do cigarettes, alcohol, and even lottery tickets have age restrictions, but guns, a very deadly weapon, does not. Furthermore, almost anyone can attain a gun easily. There should be a better way to still allow people to get guns for self defense, but there should be a lengthy process to make sure that safety is the priority. So far in the year 2019, there have been 289 mass shootings in the United States thus far and the majority of countries have only had 1 or 2 mass shootings this year. If this doesn’t say we should change the laws, then I don’t know what will.

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  • Suhaylah from South Carolina

    Guns are a tool and an object, yet it can still end a life. A life that no amount of money can ever get back. Guns were first introduced into the world as a weapon of war. A weapon intentionally made to end an enemy’s life. Since then, less laws means more people who are not fully in the right state of mind can have access to it. Guns were made to kill yet protect, but from who? Protect us from enemies, from strangers, from students, from ourselves? I know I don’t like the idea of adults having guns in the house and kids soon finding out about it the hard way. The society today contributes to those who ends another life. There are so many ways to stop gun violence, but lets start with more restrictions. Be at-least 26 of age, find new ways to operate a gun that takes times, but even all that doesn’t stop whats actually happening. Bullying. Bullying plays a big part in gun violence in young teens today. It all starts with being more open to new things.

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  • Sarah from Colorado

    I think there should be more restrictions on buying guns and ammunition because not everyone is mentally stable enough to own a gun. This way we restrict giving guns to people who aren’t stable enough to own one. As well, I think that we should fully restrict what age people can buy a gun at, this way people who are to young to buy a gun can;t easily get their hands on one.

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  • Sydney from North Dakota

    The idea of Gun control is needed in our country to help provide a safe environment for everyone. No one needs an automatic rifle for hunting or self safety purposes. Automatic rifles are not needed in this country except for military use.

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    • Everitt from Texas

      Automatic rifles were already banned back in 1984.

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  • Shaely from Georgia

    While I do not think banning firearms is the solution to the increase of mass shootings and gun violence, I strongly believe that more restrictions should be in place limiting access to guns and ammunition from those who would potentially abuse them. Obviously, it can be difficult to determine exactly who would improperly use a firearm, but there are many people who gain access to these weapons who demonstrate many dangerous warning signs prior to purchasing the weapon. Extensive background checks must be put in place and enforced by the government in order to ensure that people with a history of crimes or mental illness can not get access to these firearms. Additionally, the age to purchase any firearm should be raised to 21 years old. If a young adult is not old enough or mature enough to drink alcohol, then they are not mature enough to carry and own a firearm that has the potential of ending their life or the life of someone else. While the constitutional right to bear arms from the second amendment is important, there are certain rights that must be infringed upon for the safety of the entire country as a whole. There is a delicate balance between freedom and safety. This can be seen from the passing of the Patriot Act in 2001. This act infringed upon American’s fourth amendment rights because Americans proved after the terrorist attack of 9/11 that they valued safety over some of their freedom. They willingly accepted giving up part of their fourth amendment rights to protect themselves and the ones they loved. This would be the case if these changes were enforced today. We would not have to repeal the second amendment, but we could pass legislation making it more difficult to purchase a firearm. This legislation will allow those people who are responsible enough to handle a firearm to be able to practice their second amendment right while keeping those who would abuse their rights from getting access to these weapons. These changes would be a start to minimizing or even eliminating gun violence or mass shootings in America.

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  • Mallorie from Arizona

    The constitution does not prohibit the regulation of guns in fact it calls for it. The point of the second amendment was originally to allow for militias since the new country did not have a standing army. However, now we have one of the most powerful standing armies in the world and therefore no need for a militia. Without militias, there is by extension no protections for individual gun owners.

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    • Everitt from Texas

      Sure, but the 2nd Amendment also was made to protect against a tyrannical government, foreign threats and threats inside our own country. The army is part of the government, the government becomes tyrannical, we the people suffer. The 2nd amendment is the only thing really protecting us if you haven’t noticed.

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  • Ashley from New York

    At one of the many 2016 presidential debates, Senator Bernie Sanders said “Weapons designed by the military should not be in the hands of civilians.” My interpretation of the Second Amendment coincides with that notion. The Second Amendment was intended for those who served in the military, which would be ordinary civilians. We must also acknowledge that we no longer have muskets and the advancement of technology has allowed hundreds of bullets to be fired in a matter of minutes. Gun violence has become the norm in this country and it’s one of the most frustrating things.
    Many would argue that the Second Amendment guarantees people the right to bear arms and restrictions upon firearms would be an infringement upon their rights. Infringement upon any rights for the matter is the furthest from what the founding fathers had wanted. But, the killings of my fellow Americans is an infringement upon their rights of “life, liberty and property.” One of the most important rights we have: the ability to exist and live out the American dream.
    There have been 283 mass shootings this year alone according to the New York Times. That number is alarming, yet politicians have prioritized their profits from gun lobbyists and organizations over the lives of their constituents. I’m tired of hearing it on the news and I’m tired of living in fear. I feel numb and that should never be the reaction, but it has reached that point where it has happened too often. Gun violence is part of the American culture and I’m ashamed to call myself an American. I don’t want restrictions. I want radical change, I want to ban guns all together. Because the lives of people are more valuable than outdated rights. People are dying and if that’s not enough for politicians to do something, we will vote them out of office.

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  • Hannah from Ohio

    I think with the current atmosphere of todays society, stricter gun control does need to be put in place. The rate of mass shootings can surely be linked to multiple sources, which can include mental health, but without stricter regulation on guns we can not begin to effectively address the underlying issues behind these shootings to the best of our abilities.

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  • Madison from Texas

    People who want to hurt other people are okay with breaking laws anyways. While some countries have had decent success with gun control, most of them are much smaller than America and have less border length where guns could potentially be smuggled in. It just makes sense to leave guns in the hands of responsible Americans for self defense and try as hard as possible to perform thorough background checks to prohibit people with a violent history from getting weapons.

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  • Keith from New Jersey

    The issue with gun control rest in the people who are able to get their hands on weapons, not the level of weaponry available. There needs to be more strict laws regarding the attainability of weapons based on a persons history; there criminal record, psychological history, and so on. Any person known to frequently overreact or lose judgment capabilities when angry, upset, etc. should not be able to purchase any kind of firearm. I do believe however that the type of weaponry available and the restrictions on available weapons should not be as restricted as it is in many states, such as New Jersey, where you cannot have a pistol grip on any shotgun nor can you have an adjustable stock on any rifle. I believe these restrictions are insignificant, for with adequate restrictions on the people, criminals wouldn’t be able to touch any of these weapons in the first place.

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  • Gina from Michigan

    I think people with mental illness need to be restricted from owning firearms. A mental health questionnaire should be filled out before purchasing a firearm.

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    • Matthew from Michigan

      I agree, but there are also many other people without mental health that also have created mass shootings

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  • Jack from Pennsylvania

    Simply put, weapons of war do not belong on the street, and that’s what an AR-15 is. The intent of these weapons was to protect Americans, not kill our children in schools, places of worship, shopping centers, bars, etc. The right to bear arms will not be infringed if people cannot have these weapons of mass destruction. It’s the government’s job to protect the people, the Senate and President have the choice to do their jobs, or let Americans die.

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    • Everitt from Texas

      If you haven’t noticed, an AR-15 is not a weapon of mass destruction, it doesn’t even account for 10% of gun deaths. Pistols account for over 60%. I think your priorities are wrong.

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  • David from Ohio

    Like all our rights, the right to bear arms is not absolute. There is overwhelming public support for red-flag laws, stricter background checks, and gun licensing requirements. These solutions are vital to a developed nation; we cannot continue to allow gun violence to ravage our country if we wish to proceed into the coming decades as a country that respects the dignity of human life.

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  • Gwenyth from Pennsylvania

    Guns themselves are not a problem, it is the people who buy them. There needs to be stricter gun laws so people with histories of violence, abuse, etc. can not even come close to having a weapon as dangerous as an assault rifle. Making it easier for people with violent tendencies to acquire a gun makes it easier for those people to commit acts of violence. It should be as regulated as cars: you have to register to get one, have a license plate, take a permit test before taking the actual test, have a certain number of hours practicing, etc.

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    • Jordan from Maryland

      I completely agree with this statement. There should definitely be a restriction on the people who buy these products because everyone needs to be careful and safe because lives are sacred and they are in danger when they fall in the wrong hands.

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    • Sarah from Colorado

      I completely agree, guns aren’t the problem it is the people who purchase them. People kill people so if we add stricter laws on who can purchase them it would limit the amount of violence committed by them.

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    • Bryn from Colorado

      I think that the restrictions that should be placed are more on the back ground checks than the guns themselves. It all depends on who is buying the guns rather than what the guns are.

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  • Sebastian from Virginia

    There shouldn’t be more restrictions for purchasing guns or ammunition. Ever since our constitution was written, the government has created more and more restrictions regarding firearms. If we continue this, citizens will eventually be unable to protect themselves not only from others but from tyranny itself. George Washington said “When a nation mistrusts its citizens with guns, it sends a clear message that such a government has evil plans.”

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    • Jack from Kentucky

      If there were no guns, then there would be no need for self-defense. No weapon as easily available as the gun comes close to matching the kill-power of a gun, so there would be no situations in which the opposer would possess a strong enough weapon that a gun would be needed for adequate self-defense.

      Secondly, how do you propose that we oppose tyranny with guns? Go into the US Senate building and shoot everyone to death? A lot of good that would do. The real problem we are facing in the government is not tyranny, but corruption: there are far too many uneducated people who can be manipulated by politicians such as Donald Trump. What we really need is not more guns, but smarter people.

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  • Madeline from Indiana

    Our founders wanted America to be a free country. They recognized that, if the people lacked unrestricted gun rights, their freedoms would be insecure. As stated in the second amendment, these rights, as well as “a well-regulated militia” are necessary to secure our freedom. Each time our right to bear arms is unconstitutionally infringed upon, power is taken from the militia and placed in the hands of the government. To restrict gun rights is to restrict the ability of people to protect themselves, and their families. Though many people instead use guns for unlawful purposes, gun control laws will not solve this. If unlawful people cannot be trusted to bear arms responsibly, then they certainly cannot be trusted to abide by the law. While gun control laws are said to keep guns out of the hands of unlawful people, in reality, they do the opposite. When more people have to break the law to get guns, more people will break the law to get guns. Additionally, people who own guns unlawfully will not hesitate to carry them in gun-free zones, which are ideal for shootings. Shooters want to know that no one they attack will be able to defend himself. In a gun-free zone, the shooter always has the advantage. However, when everyone is allowed to own guns, no one has an advantage. This creates equality. Strong people have a natural advantage over weak people. Men have a natural advantage over women. Inequality is a fact of life, but when gun rights go unrestricted, inequality among people becomes irrelevant. Restricting guns isn’t just disastrous. It’s illegal.

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  • Brady from Illinois

    When James Madison wrote the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights, he did it for a reason. He may have been thinking about hunting and using it as a necessary life tool, but that is not the big reason why American citizens have the right to bear arms.

    James Madison and the other Founding Fathers knew that any government could not be perfect. They also knew that a government could become corrupt. That is why they built many fail-safes in case of a corrupt federal government. They gave state governments jurisdiction and power in case there was corruption at the federal level. They made three branches of government to check on each other and try to prevent tyranny. However, they also added another fail-safe in the event that all government became too powerful and tyrannical. They gave American citizens the right to defend themselves. Some people might say arms are only used for homicide (illegally) and hunting (legally). But what if there was someone with a weapon inside a person’s home with the intent to cause harm? The 2nd Amendment gives them the right to own a gun and defend themselves.

    The United States of America is the only country that I know of where people march to get rid of their rights. Many countries around the world have very limited rights, and some Americans want to protest against their constitutional right to defend themselves.

    If the government takes away the right to bear arms, what will a person do if the government becomes a tyrannical entity? They would be able to enter a person’s home and not have to face any kind of defense because the person has no right to defend themselves. As politicians and everyday people debate this topic, they need to think about whether or not they would want to be able to defend themselves in an emergency situation. To restrict people from buying firearms or repealing 2nd Amendment would help create a state where the 2nd Amendment would not exist and the 3rd Amendment would have little meaning.

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  • Joey from Maryland

    Every American citizen has a right to protect and defend themselves against anyone who intends to cause them harm because, at most of these mass shootings, it is the criminals who are armed and the good innocent people being shot at who are defenseless and if there were proper background checks and security measures taken to prevent mentally ill people from obtaining guns, then the good people being shot at would not have to fear being shot at because they would have the means to defend themselves at these shootings and other places where they are in danger.

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  • Mason from Maryland

    They are used for protection from anyone, handguns for out on the street, shotguns and rifles for protection against a tyrannical government. A tyrannical government’s first move is to remove the public’s rights to bear arms.

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  • Alexander from Maryland

    While the widespread use of firearms certainly presents a risk, I believe that a better way to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally unstable is not to restrict access to firearms, which are granted to citizens by Constitutional right, but to make mental health care, another Constitutional right, more available. Many of the culprits simply need care and attention, had something been done about their cases, they would not have ended so violently.

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  • elijah from Maryland

    its fine as long as the people that have them aren’t crazy. if someone wants something they can get it with relative ease. drugs are illegal and you can still get them if you want them. the same thing will happen with guns. the criminals will be able to get them but not normal people that hunt.

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  • Trever from Oregon

    I think that they shouldn’t restrict the use on guns or ammo. If America doesn’t have any guns, then what would the army or military do? Taking away guns and ammo will take away hunting and people have been hunting for so long.

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  • Justyn from Illinois

    I think that restrictions on firearms are unnessesary because criminals do not fear law enforcement. That is why they break the law, at that point, the only person who can deter the criminal is the victim. If someone has it in their head that they are going to harm someone, only the person that they are going to harm can stop them in that moment. And that moment is all that matters, the police cannot be everywhere at once. There will be times where someone is cornered and there is no time for law enforcement to reach them before a criminal harms them, the only way to stop them at that point is if the victim has a weapon. And more restrictions just make it harder for the victims to get weapons.

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  • stone from Illinois

    George Washington once said something along the lines of ” It is the citizens right to access protection for themselves form anyone including his own government”. Meaning if you can only access guns of certain capacities and calibers then you can no longer defend yourself from you government and therefore do not have access to what you need to defend yourself. If you are no longer able to access what you need then you are inherently unable to defend yourself as our constitution says you should be able to. If you can not access what is necessary to defend yourself then you essentially don’t have the right to self defense.

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  • Tristian from California

    There is no point inn making purchase of ammunition more difficult because organized crime do not even get the guns from this country they most likely get the guns and ammo from other country, so limiting the sell of ammunition will only hit the Us economy and also to people who depends on hunting it will make their lives harder.

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  • Tyler from Virginia

    On the topic of whether or not guns should have heavier restrictions is a hot topic in modern politics. While one side argues restricting guns will decrease the number of school shooting, the other side argues restricting guns infringes on their rights to bear arms. Though the distribution of guns should be monitored and child-proofed, they should not be limited. Even if guns are outlawed, they will become similar to the drug issue the US is already dealing with. Those who intend to use guns for bad things will simply acquire them some other way or find another way to do it. At the same time restricting guns would also impede on traditions such as hunting. By child-proofing guns and teaching individuals to respect firearms rather than fear or misuse them, one may decrease the number of deaths and incidences cause by them. You can cut the snakes head off, but it can still bite. In short, limiting gun will not limit the problem, it’ll just diverge it to a new form.

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  • Bradley from Texas

    Criminals are not afraid of breaking the law and the only true method of deterring them is if they are fearful of the victim.

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    • stone from Illinois

      I agree that criminals are already willing to break the law to commit the crime they did so whats stopping them form committing another crime that crime being getting a gun and firearms if we decide to ban them.

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    • Mia from California

      I understand that criminals want to break the law yet having bigger restrictions on guns makes it harder for them to commit the crime.

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  • Jonathan from Colorado

    There are 857million guns in US citizens hands. Deaths caused by guns a year, excluding suicides is 12,000. Let’s pretend each death was caused by one individual gun, that would then mean that less than 1% of citizen owned guns are used for murder in the US per year. So why should we punish the majority for the actions of just a few. The truth of the fact is that guns will never go away. Similar to the war on drugs people who really want it find a way. So any more restrictions or limitations on our second amendment would only affect law abiding citizens. Ronald Reagan had a quote that would fit perfectly to this topic. ” We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the law breaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual isa accountable for his actions” -Ronald Reagan

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  • Delsin from Oregon

    I feel like guns are one part of america that makes us free. If you take away the ability for people to buy guns and ammo it is just going to cause more problems because people in our society are not going to stop using guns. If you think that it will stop shootings it won’t if people want something they are going to get it including guns.

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    • Carlos from Oregon

      I like this statement and I would like to meet you and give you my personal opinion in person, but nice work Delsin from Oregon.

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    • Carlos from Oregon

      Yes that is a nice statement Delsin chapon.

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  • Isabelle from Oregon

    Guns are not the reason for gun-related violence, it’s the people. You could hit someone over the head with a brick, but it would be ridiculous if someone tried to put restrictions on building materials because it is not bricks that are causing violence, but the people hold the brick, hitting you over the head with it. I definitely agree that changes need to be made, but putting restrictions on guns is not how to fix this. If we put restrictions on guns, people will start harming others in other ways. Restricting gun use will not solve any problems with gun-related violence. Furthermore, by restricted gun use, the second amendment is violated, as it states “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This means that we can not keep anyone from legally owning or using a firearm.

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  • Haylee from Oregon

    i Agree its not the guns its the people behind the guns guns can’t shoot themselves its the people who pull the trigger

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    • Minou from Colorado

      I believe that is true. Guns are made for protection. There are incidents happening because of the people that start it, not the guns itself.

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    • stone from Illinois

      This is the most truthful sentence on here. A steak knife doesn’t cut the steak when left on the counter and the gun doesn’t kill the person when used appropriately.

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  • Tyler from Virginia

    I think that there should not be more restrictions on purchasing guns and ammo. There are already enough restrictions on purchasing guns and it takes upwards of two hours to purchase a gun, which is already a long time with an extensive background check. Also the more restrictions the government puts on firearms and ammo the less amount of citizens would have firearms. This would cause the criminals who already break the law to still have weapons because they would just break the law and get a gun. The government outlawed marijuana but still marijuana is very present in today’s society. Outlawing or restricting guns even more would cause more harm than good because citizens would not be able to protect themselves. Now there are a lot of deaths by guns and gun suicides but the kids who commit often are not the owners of the gun and if not given access to the gun would find other ways. Often times the people who do the shootings got the gun in an illegal way so changing the law would not prevent that.

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  • Emily from Virginia

    Although I do believe that events such as mass shootings are tragic and greatly affect our country as a whole, I do not think that increasing limitations on the purchase of guns and ammunitions will sufficiently correct these issues. However, I do believe that some basic restrictions and regulations should be required to maintain the safety of all citizens. Those that wish to purchase and own a gun legally in the United States should be free to do so; the government should not increase the regulations to limit those that are following the law. If someone wanted to obtain a gun legally or illegally, they would find a way to do so; limiting those that use the guns they purchase legally will have no effect on those that don’t. Just as during the Prohibition, people will find a way to get what they want whether it is legal or not. In fact, further restrictive gun policies may encourage the rise of crime and violence involving weapons; forbidding or restricting something makes it more desired by those who the restrictions were intended to limit.

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    • Makenzie from Colorado

      I agree with this on the side of putting restrictions on guns to prevent mass shootings and having regulations on citizens. But I personally don’t think that if there were limitations on guns teens who are under the legal age of buying a gun would find a way to obtain the weapon. To prevent this, there should be an age limit on guns and if you want to buy a gun for violent reasons you should be revoked the ownership of that gun.

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  • Valaesha from Colorado

    There can be no denying that the United States is facing a nationwide problem, and action must be taken. This problem is the issue of gun deaths, particularly through mass shootings, which has been rapidly increasing for years.
    Many other countries, such as the UK, have put in place strict gun control laws, and subsequently, seen their numbers of gun deaths drop dramatically. Now the US is being called to do the same and stop the cycle of gun violence before it can progress any further.
    Unfortunately, everything is far from being as simple as a quick glance into the issue may suggest, which is why we first need to answer a few questions. Have these gun control laws in other countries been as effective as many news outlets make it appear? Will increasing gun restrictions actually solve the underlying problem? And, perhaps the most debated of all, are further laws unconstitutional, have we already crossed that line, or has the time come that we should do away with the second amendment altogether?
    Let’s start with a quick look at the UK, a country with some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, many of which were put it place directly following the Dunblane school shooting of 1996. Since then, there has only been one mass shooting in the UK, when 12 people were killed in 2010.
    Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Except that now the United Kingdom is facing already high and increasing rates of knife crime, as well as physical murder. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 285 knife/sharpened object homicides in England and Wales during 2017, as well as 106 killings from ‘Hitting, Kicking, etc.’, and, from an article written by Meghan Elkin for ons.gov.uk, a total homicide count of around 726, at 12 offences of homicide per million population. (this does not include Northern Ireland or Scotland.)
    According to CDC.gov, the number of US deaths by homicide in 2017 were estimated to be 19,510; and from statista.com, 10,128 from firearms – but only 1,591 from knives or other cutting instruments.
    Now, even 1,591 is a much larger number than 285, right? Technically yes, but here it gets a bit complicated. Keep in mind that the United States is about 40 times the size of the UK, with 262.2 million more people than the United Kingdom. That makes the statistics a little more tricky.
    So, though the numbers seem drastically greater, in 2017, there were 6.0 homicides per million of the population in the US, compared to the 12 offences of homicide per million in England and Wales.
    One last thing before we can move on. You may be wondering why the total number of gun murders I’ve mentioned is so much smaller than in other articles (mainly ones written to convince you we need stricter gun regulations). The answer to this is simple.
    The total number of US gun deaths in 2017 was 39,773, according to CDC. This is probably the number you see most often.
    60% of those deaths were from suicide, which is increasingly alarmingly in the United States – to the point where the life expectancy has begun dropping due to teen suicide rates. This is a discussion for another day, but it is an unfortunate and tragic reality that is often swept under the rug by politicians who are not looking to make changes that they do not directly benefit from themselves. So these suicide victims are added to a number which they do not belong in, and rather than pushing for deeper understanding, and perhaps even cures, for the suffering of mental health, used to push for gun laws.
    So what should we do? Unfortunately, as I mentioned, not much is being done by way of finding the cause of the rising rates of poor mental health, and even less is being done to find a real cure; but if we want to truly fix the problem, that is where I would suggest we begin, rather than passing another ineffective law, continuing to go against the constitution, as we have been with many, many laws for many years (i.e., Constitution Article 1, Sections 1 and Section 8, among others) and allowing a problem to grow even worse while pretending we’ve done all we can.
    A good place to start can be seen in studies of Oakland, CA, where crime rates have nearly halved between 2012 to 2018, which appears to be due to the ‘Oakland Ceasefire’ initiative, passed in 2012. I’d highly suggest you look into yourself, but I will not go into too much detail here as it is not exactly part of my Yes or No response, and this comment is getting extremely long.
    All of this has been an extremely long winded way to say – yes, there is a problem; but even when we look at a country seen by many as the golden child of gun control success, we can see that this problem cannot be solved as easily as it immediately appears.
    So, is there a solution? Maybe. Unfortunately, most people would rather jump onto gun law reforms, rather than try to find the underlying cause of this hatred epidemic.

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    • Valaesha from Colorado

      Sorry, part of my information was typed incorrectly. 12 per million in UK, 47 per million (or 6 per 100,000) in US.

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  • Marizela from Nevada

    No, there shouldnt be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition. This would take away from the people that legally bought them as weapons for protection. Criminals that use them inappropriately will always find a way to get to them either way, regardless if they make stricter gun laws or not.

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    • Haiden from Colorado

      Yes, people can always find ways to get a gun however, mental illnesses are serious and contribute a lot to mass shootings and things like that because this person committing these hateful crimes either have a mental illness or they are just mentally unstable. Having more strict gun laws wouldn’t prevent perfectly stable and non-criminals from getting a gun but it would prevent others not in the mindset to own a gun from being able to purchase a gun.

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  • Jahir from Nevada

    I understand how this sounds there are mass shootings happening and im saying don’t make it harder for people to get guns or ammo. It’s just that I don’t think theres any point in making anything harder or adding in more restrictions if everyone already has a gun.

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  • Carlos from Nevada

    All the time and effort that people put to enforce laws has already been enough because of how much it has changed over time that it makes it harder for people with guns and it’s going to be harder if there are more gun restrictions. The guns aren’t the problem but it’s the people that use guns because they don’t know how to handle it.

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  • Maia from Kentucky

    Don’t get me wrong, I definitely think that changes need to be made, but restrictions on purchasing guns and ammunition are not it. It isn’t the guns that are the problem, a lot of people own guns and they handle them properly so that no one gets hurt, otherwise we would be hearing about a gun related injury every day and every year. The people handling the guns are the real problem, in fact, two out of the three changes mentioned in the passage above have to do with the people, not the guns, but somehow it’s always classified as gun violence and not just violence. There are many people who should not be handling guns and then there are many people who are perfectly fine handling a weapon. We need something that wouldn’t make it harder to buy or sell guns, but something that makes it harder for people who have no business buying a weapon from doing so.

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    • Bob from California

      I agree to a certain extent, guns are the not problem but the people behind the guns are. Regulations should be increased. People that want to purchased guns should get a psychologically tested.

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    • Renee from Oregon

      I agree with this its not the guns that are a problem its the people who don’t use them for right purposes.

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    • Tess from Colorado

      I agree with this, I think a lot of people jump straight to the guns being the cause of all of this terror, but the trigger doesn’t pull itself. Many people use guns responsibly for whatever they may need it for. The stories we are hearing on the news, most of the time, are struggling minds who had access to a gun. I do think there should be stronger background checks and restrictions, but an apparent effort to help mental health, too.

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  • Sophia from Kentucky

    I do not believe that placing more restrictions on guns and ammunition will lower the amount of gun violence in this country. Instead, restrictions will only take away from those citizens who legally purchased and own a gun either for self-defense, hunting, or sport. In fact, these restrictions will only make criminal activity more prevalent, as those who are too young or cannot legally obtain a gun will have to break the law in order to get one. Today’s tragic events show that those who are too young to legally own a gun will find a way to get them, either from parents or relatives. The guns themselves are not the ones causing the violence; it is the people behind them. Therefore, more care should be put in place to monitor and support those with mental health. If our country were to infringe the second amendment right to bear arms, everyday citizens would lose their right to feel safe in their own homes.

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    • haylee from Colorado

      I do agree with this in the sense that if the government were to place more regulations it would effect those who use guns for legal purposes. But even if there are regulations put into place, obviously there are ways to get around those regulations. Even now with few regulations there are still people who obtain them illegally. I do believe though that if we were to put more regulations in place, it would hopefully reduce some of the amount of shootings that are happening because hopefully some of those regulations, scare people or they make them really strict. I do think though that a mental stability test and a background check should be mandatory. I do agree with you on the fact that the guns aren’t the problem, but the people behind them are but I don’t think that placing more regulations would cause gun violence to increase

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    • Morgan from Louisiana

      The prompt brings up restrictions so people that legally purchase guns and have a right to bear arms should be able to keep their guns. The restrictions should be put on the type of guns people are allowed to purchase and depth of the back ground check. So putting restrictions on the guns that no one should hold will make the world slightly better.

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    There shouldn’t be a restriction on guns and ammo because the majority of the crimes are bought from illegal sources or they were stolen from people who had them registered legally. If there is a restriction of guns and ammo it will create a larger market for people to sell guns and ammunition illegally. If there is a larger restriction on firearm sales some people might be less deterrent to break into houses and steal because of the fact it will be less likely that the house they are robbing has a firearm. This could potentially raise the amount of break-ins and other crimes, potentially even violent crimes because it would be less likely for a person to have a gun on them to defend themselves. Not to mention they would be restricting some of our freedoms as Americans.

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    There should not be new legislation put in place for gun restrictions, but instead better enforcement of the existing laws put in place to prevent those who should not have guns in the first place. An example of this is increased use of the red flag laws in order to take guns away from radical extremists and mentally insane citizens. Once they are cleared by thorough psychological evaluation, then they can gradually receive their right to own firearms back, whether this is through re-training or additional gun safety classes. The nation’s main concern should not be on limiting the amount of certain guns owned by law abiding citizens, but instead focus on taking those guns away from those who should not have them in the first place, whether they acquired it legally or illegally. In the end, they can get these guns back if they prove that they are able to be responsible citizens or able to be mentally stable. This would be upkept through consistent mental health check-ups to ensure that these citizens are not a harm to themselves or others.

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  • Colton from Virginia

    No there should not be restrictions on guns and ammunition. Under the 2nd amendment, the citizens of the US have to right to form a well regulated militia. In order to regulate that “militia” the people need to be able to supply themselves with the proper tools and equipment necessary for defending themselves. The whole purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to prevent a tyrannical government, so when the government tries to restrict guns and ammunition they are doing exactly what the 2nd Amendment is trying to prevent.

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  • Isaac from New York

    Mass shootings are a terrible thing that happens. However, deaths from guns only make up a small percentage of the number of deaths in America. I agree with the data presented by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson which he shared on August 4th, 2019 following the Dayton and El Paso mass shootings. “In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…. 500 to Medical errors, 300 to the Flu, 250 to Suicide, 200 to Car Accidents, 40 to Homicide via Handgun. Often our emotions respond more to spectacle that to data.” What Dr. Tyson is saying is that we need to look at the facts and not let our emotions make decisions for us. Mass shootings are horrendous, but it is not the gun doing the killing it is the person. We should not raise the age for buying guns due to the large number of legal young adults that use guns to hunt every year. Stricture Gun Law only keep guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens, not out of law breakers. You can kill people with anything: Knife, heavy stick, rock, pencil, will we put laws to restrict all objects that can be used to harm? We need to focus on the real problem which is people. It is a mental and moral problem not a gun problem. The Second Amendment grants the right to carry arms to all Americans and that right should not be taken away.

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  • Chase from Virginia

    There should not be more restrictions on ownership of guns or sales. The criminals that are using the guns already do not care for the law, and most acquire the weapon illegally. Putting more restrictions on guns would only punish the law abiding citizens that have done nothing wrong, for hopes that the restrictions will stop gun violence. Lawmakers make these laws knowing that they are going to slow down the illegal use of guns, but not stop it. Raising the age to buy guns, under Brady’s law, has not helped to end the violence because most shootings are with guns that are stolen from legal-aged adults. Since the 1990’s, gun violence has actually decreased, but the media has made more of the violence known. Taking away guns will not stop the killings, only measures that increase crime control will stop gun violence, and other crimes.

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  • John from Texas

    The Second Amendment clearly and concisely states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” To understand what such a thing truly means, we must first take a look at the historical context with which this amendment was created.
    Circa 1787, the United States Constitution solely was written on the fact that the Articles of Confederation were too weak of a government to form or pass any sort of consistent policy. Such a document was made to literally be the defining terms of our government to keep each branch in check meaning it was to be the “supreme law of the land”:an un-deletable set of rules. Coupled with the Constitution’s seven articles, the Preamble or Bill of Rights, outright defines the rights the citizens of the United States possess. To put into non-latent terms, the idea of deleting text from the very document with which was one of the key foundations of our nation is extremely unreasonable. In the worst case scenario, especially with the current situation of politics today, once our very right to bear arms is gone, who is to say our freedom of speech is not next?
    Coupled with said presented historical context, comes the very reason the Founding Fathers added such an amendment to the United States Constitution. Given that there were everyday citizens in the British Colonies taking up arms to form militias and fight against their former tyrannical government, the idea of reserving firearms to state-run militias is absurd. Our right to bear arms is also a way to ensure tyranny does not run rampant throughout our country. The Second Amendment, according to the Founding Fathers, is yet another way to ensure true popular sovereignty and prevent absolute tyranny.
    To properly address the problem with homicides, we, as an undivided country, must properly assess and evaluate the mental conditions and schooling of all criminals involved in these shootings. Most hear a gun homicide occurred and immediately formulate the conclusion, “Guns are the problem.” Such a thing is false. There is more than one factor than just a gun which causes the homicide. The first and foremost topics politicians should be questioning is the mental state of the individual or how said criminals’ believed carrying out this horrific event was okay. It is clear, whether “appearing normal” or not, that these peoples’ moral compasses most definitely were not where they should be. Further measures must be addressed in all environments to ensure these warped values and morals are not exposed to the soon-to-be-murderers. Parents and schools alike need to be involved with every student, troubled or not, to ensure a proper moral compass and set of values is developed.

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  • Cora from Washington

    When you take the guns out of the hands of good people you are inviting more criminals to get them illigially and the crime rate will go way up. criminals are cowards and don’t like it when people can defend themselves. It also makes way for the politicians to take over this country like they are trying so hard to do. It is our constitutional right to protect ourselves

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    • Craig from Colorado

      I agree that it is our constitutional right but I do believe that it should not be extremly easy to access guns

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    • Raegan from Illinois

      I do agree with some of these statements, but the others I have to disagree on.

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    • Jeffree from California

      I agree disagree with your statement because I feel like you’re focusing more on the negative parts of gun control. The positive aspects of gun control over weighs the negative, There is other “weapons” that can make people defend themselves other than guns. Even though, it is or constitutional right to defend ourselves, would we still need to defend our selves with guns if there wasn’t anymore people will mental issues?

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      I agree disagree with your statement because I feel like you’re focusing more on the negative parts of gun control. The positive aspects of gun contro…

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    • Travis from Pennsylvania

      Criminals also get a hold of guns. Banning guns will still do more good than bad. The body count from the abuse of guns is too high at the moment.

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    • cameron from Colorado

      I can acknowledge that if we take guns away people might get them illegally. But do you know the extent of doing that? It’s not exactly easy or cheap. No one is just going around handing out free guns. Many of the criminals committing gun violence aren’t with illegal guns. They are guns they bought here and/or have been passed down. These crimes wouldn’t be nearly as frequent if guns were outlawed. The criminals have easy access, giving them the ability to entertain the idea.

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      I can acknowledge that if we take guns away people might get them illegally. But do you know the extent of doing that? It’s not exactly easy or cheap….

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    • Sydney from Colorado

      I agree and disagree with some of the statements you made. I agree that by adding restrictions and enforcing those already implemented, those looking to purchase a gun or ammunition are going to be more willing to purchase illegally which will most definitely increase the crime rate. When you say that it is our constitutional right to protect ourselves I only partially agree because when it comes to shootings the one with the gun is not shooting for protection they are shooting because of a person or mental issue. With that being said I think that we do need more restrictions.

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      I agree and disagree with some of the statements you made. I agree that by adding restrictions and enforcing those already implemented, those looking…

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    • Sydney from Colorado

      I can understand where you are coming from with this statement. Those who commit a crime are simply cowards trying to protect them selfs. Yes we do have the right to protect our selfs.

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      I can understand where you are coming from with this statement. Those who commit a crime are simply cowards trying to protect them selfs. Yes we do …

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    • Nicholas from Colorado

      I agree with some of what you say here, but making it harder to get firearms in the right way wouldn’t let this happen. I think that when someone buys a gun they need to undergo training on how to use it before they are allowed to have guns. Also, some people shouldn’t be allowed to have guns because they are prone to hallucinations (for example, people with schizophrenia).

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      I agree with some of what you say here, but making it harder to get firearms in the right way wouldn’t let this happen. I think that when someone buys…

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    I don’t believe that there should be more restrictions or laws on purchasing guns. The reason for this is that people get their hands on things that are illegal all the time. Some of the mass shootings, the shooters used illegal guns or ammunition. While this is very bad, if you make it illegal or harder to get guns and ammunition,all your doing is taking away the public’s legal right to defend themselves. If you make it harder to get guns and ammunition, the people who legally go through the process to obtain firearms to defend themselves if an active shooter situation were to occur, well they simply would be left standing their defenseless, and likely going to die. If a citizen goes through all of the legal processes to obtain a firearm and ammunition, they should be allowed to do so. By making it harder or illegal to get, firearms, you take away a person right to self defense in a life or death situation. On a less serious note, you also take away a person’s right to legally hunt, and to enjoy an activity that they have enjoyed all of their lives, as long as they do it legally. I believe it is better to have guns and ammunition able to be obtained legally, with the restrictions in place now. If you make them illegal, or harder to get, people are still going to get them, only they will be getting them illegally rather than legally. If you keep the restrictions in place now, the government can better control what is sold to the civilian population. No matter what the government does, people are still going to buy guns illegally, and use them in illegal ways, unfortunately it is just what our world is right now. But by making them illegal, you take away a civilians right to defend themselves, and others, in a life or death situation.

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    • Justyn from Illinois

      I agree, criminals do not fear the law so the only way for them to be deterred is for them to fear their victims. Lawful citizens with firearms help make that happen

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    • April from California

      I completely disagree with you, there’s so many different ways to be able to defend yourself besides with a gun, there has been so many mass shootings these past years and keep in mind that most where held in SCHOOLS, why should young kids of the next generation die because our gun laws aren’t more restricted and hard to get. If anything they should be so hard to get PERIOD.

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    • Brennan from Colorado

      I agree, but we should at least run background checks on the people who purchase firearms/ammunition

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  • Jessica from Massachusetts

    I think there should not be more restrictions with purchasing guns and ammunition. The 2nd amendment states that everyone has the right to bear arms. The government cannot restrict people from buying guns because that constitution says owning your own gun is permitted. Guns allow people to protect themselves from danger, whether that be from a bad person, the government, or using guns to go hunting. The reason people think guns are dangerous is because school shootings have become more popular of the years. It isn’t because of the guns that these school shootings are happening, it is because of the people who are pulling the trigger. The government should install a better mental health institution rather than restricting guns and jeopardising people’s safety.

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  • Dylan from Kentucky

    More restrictions and laws on guns will not decrease the amount of death and violence currently going around. People who commit these atrocities are not law abiding citizens and will not follow these laws for a second. Even if there were more laws put into play people will find a way to do what they what. They will still find a way to obtain these weapons illegally. You can see the same things with drugs. Drugs are illegal but still there is a market for these things. It’s not the gun or the weapon that is at fault it is the person. It is a issue of mental health. Even without a gun these people who do these horrible things will find a way to hurt others and put others at risk.

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    • Renee from Oregon

      I agree with Dylan, If guns were to be tooken away i think these people that use guns in the wrong way to harm others would just find another way to harm another person.

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    • Julia from Colorado

      I completely agree, with the fact that guns do not kill people, people kill people. Those who obtain weapon and use it for pure evil are in a mental health state and should not have been eligible for receiving a dangerous firearm. However, I feel that deeper background check and mental health check will decrease the amount of negative activity in our country. People will always be able to get a hold of an item if they really want it in this day and age now, but with these restrictions I believe it should slow down some of the murders and crimes that happen around our society every day.

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      I completely agree, with the fact that guns do not kill people, people kill people. Those who obtain weapon and use it for pure evil are in a mental h…

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  • Matthew from Oklahoma

    The problem here is mental health not the guns. We see lits of people that want to take away guns but nobody wants to take away Internet. We should focus on fixing the base problems of hate and mental health

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    Putting restrictions on guns could help with mass shootings but look at all the activities that people are involved in that will be affected by restriction. People are involved in activities like hunting and shooting competitions. Putting restrictions on guns will only stop people for doing these activities.

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  • Connor from Kentucky

    I believe there should not be restrictions on the purchasing of guns and ammunition. First, it is in the 2nd amendment that citizens of the United States are aloud to keep and Bear arms. Furthermore I believe it isn’t the selling of guns that causes the violence, but the person handling the guns. We should be focusing more on mental health and criminal reform rather than restrictions. Also, I believe these criminals and the ill are getting the guns in other ways by stealing from their parents or friends and from other illegal sources like the dark web.

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  • Isabelle from Kentucky

    I don’t believe that there should be more restrictions on gun control because according to the second amendment, it is an American citizen’s right to own a gun. Americans should be able to feel safe in their own homes and for some this means the ability to own a gun for self defense. Unfortunately, not everyone purchases guns for self defense, and therefore, screenings and background checks are necessary to ensure that the buyer’s intentions are good. However, the few that choose to purchase firearms for violence should not infringe on other citizens’ inherent rights to purchase guns for safety. Additionally, placing more restrictions on guns will not necessarily decrease violence, as many think. Guns on their own are not violent. Guns do not shoot or harm other people. Violent people shoot people. All in all, evil intentions of the few should not infringe the safety of the many. Evil intentions create violence, and while this should be treated, gun restrictions will not solve this problem. If anything it will take away rights and make others feel less safe, stirring panic in Americans.

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  • Joe from Kentucky

    I believe we should have every right to own guns and ammunition. There are many applications for this. Hunting, home defense, personal defence, and education one all reasons why firearms should stay legal. Guns save many live every year. Whether someone defended themselves against an attacker, or something else, guns save lives every day. I have a unique philosophy about crime. I don’t think gun restrictions will do anything. Drugs are illegal, but people still find them. If someone wanted to do an evil thing, they will do it regardless of whether it is legal or not. The only thing that restrictions will do, is hurt those who are trying to be good citizens and protect themselves and their families.

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  • Gus from Indiana

    Instead of focusing on restricting gun rights, we should instead focus on mental health and criminal reform. It would not infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens to have guns, it would decrease violent crime all around whether it is gun related or not, it would help repeat offenders stay out of jail and get the help they need, and it would help people with mental illness get the attention and care that they require. The issue is not the guns but the people that are holding the guns.

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  • Brianna from Maine

    More restrictions on guns are not going to decrease violence. The people who are doing these shootings are criminals and are not going to follow the law restrictions on guns. Although most guns used in mass shootings in the United States are obtained legally, some are illegal. The only thing gun restrictions will do is prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves against criminals. According to an article by USA Today, “nearly 90% of police agree that mass shootings would be ‘reduced’ or ‘avoided altogether’ by the presence of legally armed citizens”. There have been many times guns have saved lives and prevented shootings like when a man used a concealed handgun to prevent a shooting at a McDonalds in Alabama. Despite times like this, the only time we hear about guns on the news is when they are used to commit crimes, such as shootings. Chicago is an excellent example of gun control failing to unfill its purpose. This city has a high crime rate and very strict gun control; cities like this prove that gun restrictions will not help America, but hurt it.

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    • Maria from Colorado

      I totally agree with that, but having stricter gun laws will prevent some shootings. If someone has a mental health problem and wants to purchase a gun, there should be deeper background checks so that the person can’t purchase the gun or whatever weapon they want. I do agree that if a person wants to commit a crime, they can do it however they want without using a gun, but having stricter gun laws can prevent some shootings.

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  • Rebekah from Indiana

    1.) There are already restrictions for buying and selling guns, licenses that are required, permits that have to be renewed, and gun safety classes that gun owners take which is the equivalent to what most go through in order to get a car. Adding more restrictions makes it harder on law abiding citizens and the people that are already willing to break the law with acts such as murder, theft, or rape, will not be deterred by an additional law since they have already proven they do not respect them. The only people who will be punished by more restrictions are the people following the law in the first place, and there are already plenty of restrictions in place for them anyway. While recognizing that gun violence is an issue in the United States, one should also acknowledge that stricter gun laws is not going to fix it .

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      I completely agree. I believe that getting a gun right now is still very hard and you still have to go through stages of trainings and background checks and licenses, but I think that they could be upped a little more. I also agree that criminals, no matter what the laws are, are still going to break them and find a way to get a gun in their hand. I really like your point on how this really affects the good people.

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      I completely agree. I believe that getting a gun right now is still very hard and you still have to go through stages of trainings and background chec…

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  • Christian from Colorado

    Looking over the history of gun control laws and it’s correlation with crimes committed with a gun, it becomes apparent that these gun control laws are ineffective and counter-productive. By passing these legislative acts, innocent Americans have their rights encroached on, criminals gain the upper hand, and that state becomes more powerful, the very threat our Founding Fathers wanted to contain. Locations that allow open carry has shown to have much less crime than those with strict measurements. Don’t let the United States become nothing more than a Chicago.

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    • Isabel from Colorado

      While I agree with you that they should do a better job with limitations we also must remember that its not guns that harm people. It’s the person that is wilding the gun, if we had more limitations on who gets to buy a gun then I believe that would solve a lot of problems.

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    • Rachel from Colorado

      Hi Christian!

      I am also a Colorado resident, and as each year passes, it feels as though the frequency of mass shootings occur at a frighteningly fast rate as it gets closer and closer to me and my environment. It almost feels normalized as one tragedy follows the next without time to take a breath. I do agree with you that there needs to be a more permanent solution that would prevent these events from occurring altogether. However, I would have to respectfully disagree that it is unfair to say that all gun control laws are “ineffective” and “counter-productive.” Though it might make it more difficult to obtain a firearm for innocent Americans, I wonder if these given legislations would be worth a try to protect the overall wellbeing of our country. I understand that these solutions might be temporary and not as effective as hoped, but I question if it would be better to try and slow down these violent acts of terror and its pace in the meantime of finding a more permanent solution? I would love to continue this discussion!

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      I am also a Colorado resident, and as each year passes, it feels as though the frequency of mass shootings occur at a frighteningly f…

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  • Micah from Pennsylvania

    I do not think there should be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition, since the current restrictions are effective and already go far enough. The United States government currently has a restriction system in place for many aspects of gun and ammunition purchases, while leaving other aspects to the state. Under the current federal restrictions, quite significant laws are in place. For example, convicted criminals (for a term longer than one year) cannot own a gun, illegal aliens cannot own guns, and background checks are performed on anyone buying a gun from a federally licensed dealer. Though many federal restrictions on gun purchases exist, and even more so on a state level, one might still argue that there are not enough restrictions on guns — but that is simply not the case. One of the most common pro-regulation arguments for guns is that it would cause less violence, but the truth is that, according to a University of Pittsburgh analysis, 79% of gun related crimes were caused with a gun that belonged to someone else, not the perpetrator. Many other studies have also concluded that the majority of gun crimes, and even homicides, are committed with illegally obtained guns. Another proposal of gun regulations can be mental health checks, but that is very difficult to achieve. The lines between a “safe” and “unsafe” mental illness could become blurred, and would likely lead to people who have the right to bear arms not being able to exercise their right. Who is to say whether someone with depression should be allowed to own a gun or not?Also, even existing regulation, such as certain convicts not being allowed to own guns, can be seen as violating the right to bear arms. The Founding Fathers concluded that the right to bear arms was an inherent right, equal to that of life and liberty. To further deprive one of their rights is going directly against the basis of the Constitution. In fact, it could even be seen as a logical conclusion to lessen gun regulations and promote a spirit of gun safety, respect, and personal liberty instead of a fear of the tool. Regardless, it can still be concluded that gun regulations will not address the concerns that exist, nor will they help advance public safety and well-being.

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  • Christian from Illinois

    Many people agree that guns aren’t the problem and that the people are. The real question is, What do we do with that with many of us agreeing to that?

    In my personal views and not to offend anyone because this isn’t what this response is for and instead to answer the question. I believe that guns shouldn’t be outlawed like some people on the left want for either all guns or most guns that aren’t a pistol. I believe that our current gun laws (ex. No automatic guns) should stay. The solution or at least something to attempt to prevent the rise of crime and risks of mass shootings is to provide extra funds from the government and the funds can come from any programs that have extra money left over (restructure the funds of programs with left over money) or programs that are already about to be removed (if any). These funds would be directed towards providing more thorough back ground checks to have a higher chance of making sure any individual is stable mentally to carry a firearm.

    Along with that, congress also needs to put the liability on any adults that has a gun in possession of a child/teen. This should help encourage adults to lock up their guns and prevent a child/teen from getting to it to do harm to others.

    This isn’t a simple fix for the problem on hand and we need to do experiments/attempts on some little ideas and see if they work instead of trying ideas that are extreme.

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  • Arianna from Massachusetts

    The more security we add, the less freedoms we have. The freedom will go to the government. There is a reason that the people have a right to bear arms and that is to protect ourselves in the emergency that our government attempts to hurt us. Guns are not what we should be worried about, it is the people that have controls over them. Whether they are legal or not, someone will always have a way of hurting us. There is no bubble to protect us from everything and everyone and even then, life would be boring. We can be injured or killed anytime whether or not guns are in the picture. So no, don’t take our guns away and leave our right to bear arms alone.

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  • Karah from Maryland

    94% of mass shpptings happen in gun free zones. If people were armed, they cpuld defend themselves. Also if someone wants to do something, they can find a different way to do it with a gun. In a self defense course, I was told an attacker could come at you with anything if they know how to use it. There is a huge black market for guns as it is and some of the most violent cities, like Baltimore, have a lot of illegal guns floating around. As all over the place as my argument is, one ladt point needs to be made. Guns don’t kill. People do

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    • Hansen from Colorado

      i believe that mass shooting correlate with guns and the directly correlate with the person who has the gun. There should definitely be more back ground checks but at the same time it is the second amendment and many people would hate for that to be stripped away from them

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  • Hays from Virginia

    There should not be any more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition because this violates American citizens right. The purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect against a tyrannical government. The reason The Founding Fathers added this inalienable right to the Bill of Rights is so that a tyrannical government cannot take over. When any dictator takes over, they take citizens guns, so that they cannot rise up to take back the government; this happened in Germany with Hitler. Firearms are used for good too like for self-defense and the shooting sports, which I am involved in. Also, if gun control was implemented, criminals would still break the law because that’s why their called criminals. Firearms are used to protect against criminals and taking away the right to keep and bear arms will take away the right to defend yourself from the law-abiding citizens. The black market would boom and other weapons would take the place of firearms. If more gun control was to be invoked than where would it stop, the control would just start with this and then that and maybe that too and then would never end until a tyrannical government took control, which American citizens would not be able to protect themselves against.

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  • Oakley from Utah

    There is already strict laws on purchasing guns and ammunition. Where I live hunting is a very popular sport and young kids can not purchase the equipment they need. And on another note no matter what the laws are a bad guy can get a hold of guns and other weapons illegally, restrictions are not going to make a difference.

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    • Jade from Colorado

      Well I understand where you’re coming from however, when hunting is a sport, kids should always go with adult supervision meaning the gun should be in possession of the guardian. The law isn’t strict enough with getting a hold of guns. You don’t need a high class weapon for hunting and instead should focus on working on mental health that will prevent people with an unsteady mindset from getting a hold of a fire arm.

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  • Slater from Texas

    Please refer to the bill of rights in the constitution. I want people to really look hard at the second amendment, and what its says. The right the bear arms shall not be infringed. People may give excuses that the founding fathers did not expect guns to be as power as they are now, but they were smart men. The Gatling gun was invented before the bill of rights was written, so you can imagine that they would’ve had some idea of how guns would evolve through the years. Not only that, but they want the people to be able to defend themselves from tyrannical governments. How do you think the Nazis got into power? They began to regulate guns and restrict them from the Jews in the country. Therefore, the country that embodies democracy best in the world, shouldn’t be allowed to restrict my freedoms defined to me by our founding fathers.

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  • Cole from Tennessee

    Stricter gun and ammunition regulation will obviously make it harder for nearly everyone to obtain a firearm. Notice I said nearly. Criminals and sociopaths will find their ways. Steal, the black market, unlisted gun dealers, etc. There is no stopping that. Furthermore, the only way to protect yourself and your loved ones (which is the use I’m going on Herrera, not counting hunting and shooting sports or even general enthusiasts) from those who would cause them harm is to have a firearm and to have proper training to wield that firearm in defense of your home and livelihood. Truth be told, I wish guns were barely regulated at all. The more guns we can get in the hands of mentally stable, trained men and women, the safer we all will be. The majority of mass shootings that are prevented are by bystanders who are carrying a gun on them. This issue should not be up for debate like it is. People must research and know the facts before they run their mouths about how the country should regulate what the Constitution dictates is a personal freedom.

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      I agree, I believe that criminals are criminals and no matter what laws and punishments there are and how hard it might be, they are still going to find a way to break the law. Also, since this would happen, the only way to protect yourself from the bad guys is to have a weapon that is as deadly, a gun as well. I also agree that the majority of mass shootings are prevented by good licensed bystanders. Concealed carriers save a lot of lives and are necessary.

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  • Kaleb from North Carolina

    I don’t think there should be limits to our 2nd amendment right. The leftist agenda is trying to take out guns away so they have total control. Look at these other middle eastern countries. Their governments took away their right to own weapons and now their governments are in anarchy and they can’t do anything about it.

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  • Luke from Ohio

    All gun control is a form of government tyranny and is a direct infringement of the second amendment.

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    • Patricia from California

      I acknowledge your point of view, but you have to take into consideration that the amendments are outdated and almost invalid in today’s modern world. Saying that gun control is a violation against the second amendment may be true, but you can agree anything with the federal documents as they were made to endorse American Liberty. Furthermore, gun control isn’t the government’s attempt to harm the modern gun owner, more so a last resort to try and ensure the safety of American occupants, the long line of mass shooting that is happening in america today is impossible to ignore. Gun control is a valid discussion to try and maintain america’s prosperity.

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  • Jack from Virginia

    Guns Aren’t the problem the people are, but people use guns to protect themselves and others, so is you make guns harder to get more people might be killed.

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  • Jeremy from Florida

    The second Amendment was put in place for the U.S Citizen’s to have the right to bear arms. This was put in place back in 1791. If we allow the government to take away our rights then we will become a country of socialism and we will be continued to be controlled by the democratically elected government. I would hope to protect my family without having to go through loop hole after loop hole and fees after fees for my rights.

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  • Nathaniel from Illinois

    I believe more restrictions should be placed on purchasing firearms and ammunition, because it would make it harder for ordinary people to protect themselves. I also see why people would like to make it harder to purchase firearms. This debate is very touchy.

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  • Brandon from Connecticut

    No there should not be more restrictions for purchasing guns and ammunition. Firstly, throughout history it has been shown that background checks and registration are the beginning of gun confiscation. According to the organization, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, the “human cost of gun control” in the 20th Century has been the mass murder and genocide of over 75 million defenseless citizens throughout the world, the most well known, is Nazi Germany. The gun control laws that started the mass genocide in Nazi Germany were the “Law on Firearms and Ammunition” in 1928. This led to the “Weapon Law,” March 18, 1938 and “Regulation Against Jews” in 1938 Consequently, registration and licensing led to stricter handgun laws, and finally a ban on possession.Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate from El Paso, TX during the September 12, 2019 presidential debate stated that if he became President of the United States, he would require mandatory AR-15/AK-49 gun confiscation. I fear that if we put more gun control laws in place we too will be a defenseless citizenry. The Second Amendment clearly states that our “right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” City residents should be able to keep guns in their homes to protect themselves against crime. There is no evidence that restrictions on gun ownership reduce the rate of violent crimes. The Second Amendment was made in the first place was so that the citizens could protect themselves against any form of attack on the United States and in an act of self defense, as clearly stated in the original constitutions of Massachusetts (.1780), Vermont (1777), New York (1777) and New Hampshire (1783), which James Madison used to formulate the Second Amendment itself.

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  • Randley from Illinois

    I think that there should not have more restrictions because it is the people that use the guns that are an issue. i think there should be more background checks but not any more restrictions.

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  • Brieanna from Texas

    The idea the stricter gun or amo regulations will provide safety is entirely flawed. If someone is willing to go to jail for shooting someone, surely they’re not gonna bother getting their guns and amo legally. In addition, the innocent people now have to jump through more hoops just to protect themselves.
    On top of that, the right to bear arms in a constitutional right and for precisely this reason. When the Constitution was written, America had just won the revolutionary war. The demand for a bill of rights was from the anti-federalists that feared an abusive central government. The right to bear arms, in particular, arose from the fear that the government could take advantage of the states or individuals if the people had no power to protect themselves. In short, the right to bear arms was so the citizens wouldn’t have to fear a government plot to suppress the people. It was to make sure that all citizens could feel safe in their country.
    Look around. Has crime gone down with more gun control? Are schools not being shot up or threatened to be shot up daily? Obviously gun control isn’t working. Maybe ensuring the people with their constitutional rights would work. Give the people the right to defend themselves.

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  • courtney from Oregon

    guns protect us and our family but some people don’t us it properly and how its properly supposed to be use but we need to stay safe from guns cause we don’t know what will happen in the future. But we need to be suspicious of what will happen next so that’s what i think about it.

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  • Teal from Oregon

    Guns are used for recreational purposes such as hunting etc… but if we put restrictions on guns criminals are more likely to want to put there hands on them. If we do not have anything to protect ourselves from those people. And it would be also very hard to get rid of guns in the first place. Its not the guns shooting its the people behind them.

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  • Kirsten from Virginia

    There should not be more restrictions passed for restricting the purchase of guns and ammunition until there is more evidence from both sides. These articles focused more on why we should get rid of guns without the argument on why we should keep them. Los Angeles Times says ¨he forgot to invite members of the grassroots gun rights community. Without knowing the loopholes they speak of how are we supposed to dispute or debate them. We should be able to see both sides of the argument before making a decision.

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  • Renee from Oregon

    So we can protect ourselves and our family and its not hurting anything right now to why change it.

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    • Sam from California

      I disagree, it is hurting people right now, the easy access to weapons allows anyone to buy them and this includes those with the intention to harm others.

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    • Angel from California

      There have been an outrageous amount of shootings throughout our country and it has hurt large amounts of people. I don’t think you’re aware of the unfortunate events that have occurred, but it has affected too many people.

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    • Pal from California

      I disagree this is hurting people because anyone can buy a gun and go out to kill someone.They need to add more restrictions.

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