Why Florida Needs to Advocate for Gun Control
Gun Control the Popular Argument
Everyone is aware of the statement "guns don't kill people, people do." This is definitely a sound statement, but can it really be used in an argument for gun control? Yes, I know it has, but with me this statement does not hold water when guns are made with the intention of harming or killing individuals. Seriously when guns are being produced at the gun factory, do you think anyone in the factory thinks that the guns will never be used to take a life. You can always hope for that, but you have to be realistic. I understand that gun owners are defending their hobby, pastime, or whatever link/history they have to gun ownership. My go to question to gun owners is usually "why does it have to be so easy to get a gun?" I know people are causing murders all around america, but they can't do as much damage with a less lethal weapon such as a knife. The point is that deaths from guns can be controlled. We see this all over the world and yet we have thousands of Americans that want easy access to weapons. It's absurd that some people think that more guns can cure gun violence. This can only be the case in specific situations.
The Second Amendment is Just as Outdated as Slavery
The second amendment has always been puzzling to me. With so many gun deaths around the United States, how can we still have this law in place? Perhaps coming from me, a non-gun owner, non-hunter and non-veteran, I don't get the big picture. I have seen murders in the news and police in my state of Florida responding to gun shots. This is all too much and warrants anyone to take a stand on preventing guns from getting into the hands of anyone who will cause harm to another. In my view, the question that we should be asking is "why should anyone that is not in the armed forces, police forces or a veteran of the armed forces be able to own a gun? I really do wish I could answer this without having to say myself "we can't give up any rights?" This is really the only excuse I can come up with myself and it doesn't seem like enough. Even though I have respected the second amendment my whole life, I need to do my part in keeping these guns out of the hands people who will do harm. The only way out as I can see is to eliminating automatic weapons and eventually eliminating all gun purchases for the general public. Jay Fant, a Florida attorney general candidate said in a Tweet "We can’t let @AndrewGillum and the DC liberals win. The Parkland killer has taken away enough from us. Let’s not let this tragedy take away our right to bear arms too." What about the rights of all the innocent people that die from gun homicide each year Jay? Those were all Florida citizen and they don't have any rights now.
Parkland Shooting Shows That We Don't Do Enough
Grieving survivors and the families of the recent Parkland shooting have been extremely vocal in expressing their need for gun law changes. It's evident that something has to be done and Parkland will prove this in the coming months. The first step that will be taken is a 100 Student march in the Florida state Capitol of Tallahassee on Wednesday February 24th 2018. This will be the first organized protest for the #NeverAgain movement occurring just one week after the shooting. As the 100 Parkland students march it is there hopes that Marches will occur in every major city to raise awareness of our need to reform.
Apparently the survivors are only asking for more oversight on who gets to purchase these weapons. That would be a good start, but frankly I don't think it's going to be enough.
You Can Win The Argument
You don't have to educate me on the statistics. I know what they are. I know about the "assault weapon myth" and it's a great argument. Most gun murders are committed with hand guns. I don't really see hand guns ever getting banned unless each state wants to deal with a fairly large militia group.
Even if assault weapons do account for a small amount of the murders can we move on with life without them? More guns = Easier to get guns = More gun deaths
They're Not Like They Used to Be
How Florida Residents Can Make Changes
- The first thing you can do is contact the Florida State House of Representatives here. Tell them your concerns and stand up for the victims of all school shootings by asking for change.
- The Florida district house of representatives can contacted here. Let the representatives that received NRA money in 2016 that you mean business.
- Contact Governor Rick Scott here.
Florida 2016 NRA Contributions
Just For The Record
I've never been an advocate for gun control. I'm just sick of hearing about school shootings and seeing NRA money pumped into to our political system.
Official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund
Gov Track (2018). Representatives. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/FL
CNN (2018). Victim's mother: President Trump please do something!. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmaeYG3EIE&t=108s
Open Secrets Organization (2017). Retrieved from http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D000000082&type=P&cycle=2016&sort=A&state=FL
(2018).Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNIxWPuNFfk
I just heard today that a middle school kid shot himself whole loading a weapon. Apparently he was loading a weapon in preparation to complete a shooting. Seriously, how does a middle school student get a gun? It‘s bad enough that I’m worried enough to even write about the Parkland shooting. Now I‘m adding the reference to Jackson Middle School in Ohio. Its a relief to hear that the kid that brought the gun to school was the only child that got hurt.
The Florida state senate briefly approved a two-year freeze on the sale of AR-15 assault rifles on Saturday, but as to no surprise the measure was overturned 15 minutes after the vote.
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