Uvalde, TX

Reconsidering Gun Rights (Opinion)

Bridget Mulroy

The last straw to break the camel's back.(Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock)

It happened again and you still can’t take guns away in the United States, but you can choose not to own one.

This issue lies between people who choose to have guns and people who don't. There is nothing wrong with either side, so that is not where we need to be directing our attention.

On Tuesday, 24 May 2022, at 11:32 am, 19 children and two teachers were taken from this planet by an 18-year-old child who decided to buy a gun, and take it into a school.

The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas was the 27th school shooting in year 2022. The incident constitutes the 200th mass shooting in the United States within this year alone.

In terms of gun rights, Texas is one of the most stubborn states in the US. Texas is where this most recent school shooting has occurred.

No political party can advocate for firearms since the issue is not political, especially now. The only political aspect of owning a gun in the United States is the right to "bear Arms” from the United States Constitution. Other than that, both Republicans and Democrats own guns and anyone in between who chooses not to.

Today, Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 19 children were not woken up by their parents to get ready for school. Today, 19 children did not have breakfast, brush their teeth, or fight with their parents about getting dressed.

Two teachers were looking forward to their hard-earned summer breaks with family and friends. Now they have been torn away from their families and friends.

Around the world, people are shocked; this happens again, and nothing has changed.

Guns exist everywhere, yes. The United States stands out because the requirements in place to possess a gun are so lenient.

In the United States, anyone over 18 years old can buy a gun – any gun they want, depending on where they’re shopping.

In other countries (Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia,) there are strict criteria to qualify to own a firearm — not a coincidence that shootings in these countries are basically nonexistent.

See the difference?

Americans who have guns need to prove they’re still qualified to have them via safety and storage inspection, mental health checks for everyone within a household, and more rigid criteria to qualify to possess one.

When the Constitution was written schoolhouses were still being built, and firearms were used to fight off the British. Today, guns may help people living in areas of the country with bears or alligators surrounding their homes, but schools have become much larger and more prioritized.

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Hi, I’m Bridget. I’m based in Red Bank, New Jersey, Calabasas, California, & Manhattan, New York. I cover geology, seismology, botany, biology, & community news. USGS Verified ✅

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