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The political battle of mass shootings

The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida became the tip of the iceberg in the debate on gun control and the problem with mass shooting tragedies throughout the nation.

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First of all, how is it possible that a 19-year-old was able to legally buy an AR-15-style rifle?

Is this really a mental illness issue, drugs, bullying or the glorification of violence by using weapons?

Guns have been in existence in our country since its founding, in which we were granted the Second Amendment and ’til this day have given pride within our culture.

Since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, public safety has become an issue in schools throughout the nation in a short amount of time.

The problem with mass shootings is that these weapons are falling in the wrong hands and put us all at risk of another tragedy.

There is definitely something wrong within our society that is fueling more tragedies like this and it must be stopped.

The people and Congress do not seem to have a conversation to find an efficient solution to the problem and how to prevent one from happening.

It becomes a huge argument in which people attack each other and try to point out who is right or wrong and nothing seems to get done.

The left suggests Congress have stricter background checks and gun control laws.

The left also recommends that establishing gun free zones in schools or public places might be one of the possible solutions for this problem.

Meanwhile, the right sees this as a “threat” to their second amendment right to bear arms and potentially having a limited access to owning a gun.

The most bizarre solution that most people on the right seem to agree on is to have instructors, workers and other people armed and trained in order to “defend and prevent” more harm at the moment of a shooting.

There is nothing wrong with having the right to bear arms and embrace the second amendment but we must focus on the situation that is currently affecting us all.

So relax conservatives, you guys can keep your guns and no one is going to take them away from you.

As for you liberals, establishing stricter gun control laws won’t solve the problem either.

There has to be a solution to prevent more mass shootings and how to prepare for one if it happens.

Schools should be a safe haven for students to learn and to feel safe.

Schools should not be a target for a tragedy and weaken us socially.

This should not be a debate on political agendas or to see who is right/wrong.

This issue should be an open conversation to find a solution to this and how we can prevent another tragedy from happening again.

So congress, please do your job and the left/right political parties need to stop attacking each other and work together for the safety of our people.

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Eunice Barron, Co-Online Editor
Eunice Barron is a staff writer for Talon Marks and a multimedia journalism major at Cerritos College. She is an entertainment and political media enthusiast. She hopes to transfer to Cal State Fullerton to obtain a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communications. Her dream job is to be a political journalist for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times or NBC Universal.
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    Scott MillerAug 1, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    came across this post looking for something else, but I have to comment, exactly how can you tell the “right” that “no one is coming for your guns”, when every highly publicized shootings are accompanied with calls to ban firearms? In certain states, guns are confiscated regularly. Sure, there is not a mass round up and door to door searches, but certain firearms deemed illegal to possess and owners are required to dispose of them. No one “comes after them”, but if they are caught with illegal firearms, they are often punished harsher than if they had actually committed a crime with th firearm beyond simply owning it.

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