A little over 50 days into 2017 over 2,000 Americans have been killed in a shooting. 29 of them were officers. 86 were children.
Gun violence and the right to bear arms is often times a topic that many prefer to avoid discussing. It sparks controversy, and rocks the boat, one of the “unmentionable” topics that falls alongside religion, economic status, and political views. However, in my opinion, gun violence is not just a point of conversation, but an imperative national discussion that we must have if we wish to prevent the recurrence of tragedies like Sandy Hook, Columbine, or the Orlando nightclub shooting. While the political geography of gun violence varies across the United States, no state has been left untouched by gun-related tragedy. It is an issue of both national and local importance- to the areas that have already been shaken by heartbreaking episodes, and for those who fearfully wait to see how long their community can remain unscathed.
“…gun violence is not just a point of conversation, but an imperative national discussion that we must have…”
Growing up in Denver, Colorado, I know all too well what unnecessary gun violence looks like. I have seen people’s sense of security stolen from them as they try to carry out colloquial tasks like going to the movies with their family. I know what it is like to not know if your friends will ever come home from high school. Public policy surrounding guns is in need of drastic alteration if we as a society wish to prevent these horrific events from happening. It is a dialogue that is painful to talk about, but undeniably worth having.
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