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Gun control in the U.S.

So you probably know about the school shooting in Florida. If you don’t, you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Let me drag you out from under that nice, shady rock. So, on the 14th of this month, a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He had mental health issues. And he’d been expelled from the school. And he planned a shooting. And it turned out to be one of the worst school massacres.

I don’t live in the US. What Donald Trump does has no direct effect on me. These shootings are horrible, but they happened in a whole other part of the world so they don’t directly affect me. But no matter where in the world you live, you give a damn about what happens in the United States. I don’t know why everyone cares so much. But that’s just how it is. Even I care. And because I just love inflicting my opinions on people, this is what I think.

This incident isn’t surprising. When I hear “Shooting in the US”, what I end up thinking is “Again?”, because it just keeps happening. And every time it happens, it’s like a wake-up call for the US, but it doesn’t last very long because the country just falls asleep again. Gun control debates begin, but they don’t get anywhere. This happened after the Las Vegas shooting, this probably happened after all of the other, previous shootings and it’s happening now. Gun control debates that just go around in circles. This time, we have victims of the shooting advocating gun control. Teenagers who were there and saw people they know die. You’re thinking something good might happen now. You’re thinking maybe some laws would be changed and that they’d make it more difficult for a person to get a gun. You’re thinking they’ll finally do something about it.

But then President Trump comes up with the ingenious idea to train and arm teachers to prevent school shootings. Wow. Students and teachers were shot at in a school. They saw people die. They had a barrel of a gun pointed at their heads. So why don’t we bring more guns into the picture? Yeah. Great idea. President Trump sure is a “stable genius”. No offense to anyone who actually supports the guy or whatever.

Now I’m going to come to the fact that there were cops outside the school a little after the shooting started. They did nothing. They just stayed outside. And to hear Trump talk about how he would’ve run into the school unarmed if he had been there was ridiculous because personally, I don’t think he would’ve done anything.

Anyway, if it isn’t clear enough already, I support gun control in the U.S. Not that my opinion matters much because I live in India. It doesn’t really affect me at the moment. I want to go to the U.S. later so it’ll affect me then. Unless they do something about it now.

But it seems to me that it’s too easy to get your hands on a gun in the U.S. And there are too many people dying because of that. No one’s talking about getting rid of guns entirely. That’s not what should happen. They’re required sometimes. Self-defence and all that. I get it. They just have to make the gun laws more strict so that a 19-year-old with mental health issues can’t get a gun to kill 17 people in a high school. And so that any other kind of shooting doesn’t happen either. I mean seriously, how many more casualties are there going to be next time?



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