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Friday, November 21, 2014

Why I'll Never Own a Gun

I will never own a gun.

I don't want one. Sure, you could argue that I might need one, but I really don't want one.

If you've turned on the news lately, you know that gun control is a hot topic these days. People are screaming for their Second Amendment rights, and they should. People are also screaming for the safety of their loved ones, and they should.

Guns have always scared me. Whenever I tell people that, they usually say something along the lines of "Well, you're just not comfortable around them." To which I reply, "No, I most certainly am not." Nor do I ever wish to be.

I don't want to be comfortable around something that can kill another human being with the push of a button. I don't want to be comfortable around something that I can hold in my hand, and end someone else's life with. I don't want anyone to be comfortable with that, but I'm afraid that too many people are.

I remember hearing an interview with Morgan Freeman shortly after the Sandy Hook shootings in which he said that if the media did not cover shootings the way that it did, maybe people wouldn't be so inclined to keep performing them. Interesting theory, Mr. Freeman.

The gun control issue was brought to my attention again this week, as we read an article about it for my First Year Writing Seminar class. Although it was quite obvious from the writer's tone that he was against gun ownership, he made some valid points that resonated with me. He pointed out that shootings are happening more frequently and they are becoming too normal for us. He referenced cases like Chardon High School, Virginia Tech, and Trayvon Martin, cases that were heartbreaking and complex. However, the more I read, the more I realized that there were so many other shootings that I had watched the news cover. I couldn't remember them all because they all blurred together.

There are so many shootings that have happened in the past 10 years that I can't remember them all clearly.

That's a problem.

There are so many lives that have been lost because guns are too easy to access. I'm not saying that the right to bear arms should be taken away by any means, but rather that the right to bear arms needs to be a little more difficult to deal with. As an eighteen year old, I could walk into any gun shop in Tennessee and buy myself one, given that I have a permit. I can walk into a plethora of stores within 15 minutes of me, and buy myself a gun. It's that easy. It's too easy.

A lot of my friends have parents or relatives that own guns, and that's fine, because they use their guns for hunting or things of that nature. However, it's when guns become a giant free-for-all that I believe the problem resides. They are too easy to access and clearly something needs to change. There are too many lives that have already been lost to not do something.

So no, I will never own a gun. I don't want to own something that could be taken, lost, and eventually misused. I don't want to have any role in the loss of another human life. I don't want to have someone's life tied back to a gun I bought.

xx, Victoria

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