It's about time the NRA's influence waned, by Leo Sandy

24 March, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez

And for these young people, the impact of shootings go beyond losing friends and loved ones. That teachers will carry a six-shooter strapped on their hip.

Many schools encouraged students to participate in the walkouts, while others thought that it was a distraction. Even if the left outlawed guns, they couldn't get majority anyway. Never mind that it was a failure of liberal policies that led to the 17 deaths; it's all about the gun.

Americans' belief that new gun reforms are possible has receded somewhat from the record level it reached in late February, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

This march was partially organized by local students. As students of one of the most prominent universities in the world, we must be both outspoken against but also intolerant of the risky idea that gun laws won't work.

"In the media, it's always shown that if it's a white person that shoots somebody up, they have mental health issues, but if it's a black person that shoots somebody up, it's a gangster", said Godhania-Carter.

What we need is to expand universal background checks for gun sales and to ban the sale of semi-automatic assault style rifles.

In recent weeks, in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, Walmart, Dick's Sporting goods, L.L. Bean, and Kroger announced they won't sell guns to anyone under 21.


"He didn't mention his constituents when he was asked whether he would stop talking money from the National Rifle Association because they were buying into his agenda", Maldonado said.

But other metrics suggest that public support for gun control isn't fading as quickly as the confidence in its political prognosis. While we need to be active proponents of common-sense gun laws to make progress on this long-overdue problem, we also need to be intolerant of vastly unfounded rhetoric on this issue because of the danger it poses to our society. Mass shootings occur 99 percent of the time in gun-free zones.

Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 people inside a Texas church in November Prior to the shooting, Kelley was convicted of assaulting his wife, breaking his stepson's skull, received a bad conduct charge from the Air Force and was discharged from the Air Force in 2014, according to the Post.

Funding to arm and train every teacher would be almost impossible and unable to come out of the education budget, so where would it come from? The shooter may become deterred if he or she knows that they are many trained and armed adults in the building. An NRA course would take the onus off localities and should be renewed annually. Perpetrators know these laws as well and also know those institutions would be an easy take because no one is armed. I did, however, hold the teachings learned at that school dear and used those teachings throughout my career as a security guard.

"Either you stand with the kids or you stand with the NRA", Hogg said. We are not arguing for an explicit ban on firearms, as that would be a violation of Second Amendment rights; however, nearly all of our constitutional amendments have certain restrictions on them.

Tisch sophomore Aidan Thornbury, said that he supports gun reform, but strongly supports the Second Amendment as people need to defend themselves from a tyrannical government.

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