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Books and Bullets

By now everyone has heard about the tragedy that has taken place in Parkland, Florida regarding the shooting death of 17 people. The bright side that has developed, if anything regarding this incident can be considered bright, is the way the students have reacted. Students from the school and all around the country have taken a stand against gun violence and have called for tougher gun restrictions. After hearing their cries and the horror stories from these children you would assume the adults in charge would act to easy these children’s fears. But no, the response that is given is to inject more guns into the situation by arming teachers and other school staff members.

One of my concerns regarding arming teachers and school staff is how will this affect black school children. Recently, we have seen police come into schools and physically assault black children, we seen teachers assault black children and teachers have been discovered to have an affiliation with hate groups, alt-right groups, or white supremacy groups. Now they are talking about arming the same people who hate our children, it is bad enough they maybe miseducating our children now you are giving them a license to kill. For those who believe the teachers are only to use their guns in a situation such as a mass shooting or when the lives of the student are in jeopardy remember threats they may be life-threatening are subjective. People must remember Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, they were perceived as threats by their killers or at least that what their killers said. So, what happens when a teacher perceives a student is a threat and shoots a child? We know if this happens more than likely the child shot will be a child of color. Now people when say if there is another mass shooting won’t it be better than the teachers are armed. I just read a stat that trained police officers when shooting hit their targets 34% of the time. With what will the percentage of teachers be? The shots the miss the intended target, what will they hit? So now I children may be casualties of friendly fire.

There is absolutely no need for people to have assault weapons, police departments, and military personnel believe assault weapons should not be in the possession. So, people must understand that money trumps their children lives. As gun manufacture you make and sell several different guns so why make assault rifles. I do not have the proof, but I am willing to bet that the manufacturing of AR-15 rifles have increased since they have become the weapon of choice by mass shooters. If I am right that means they the gun manufacturers are profiting off the deaths and are betting, there will be more

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The Guns of America

The Las Vegas shooting is a tragedy, after this affair we are hearing about gun reform, background checks and now controlling the selling of bump stocks. I am not a gun enthusiast so I had never heard of a bump stock but a “bump stock” replaces a rifle’s standard stock, which is the part held against the shoulder. The bump-stock frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, harnessing the energy from the kickback shooters feel when the weapon fires. The stock “bumps” back and forth between the shooter’s shoulder and trigger finger, causing the rifle to rapidly fire again and again. The shooter holds his or her trigger finger in place while maintaining forward pressure on the barrel and backward pressure on the pistol grip while firing. Bump stocks are not illegal and honestly, I do not see a reason the average person or hunter would need this device. But will there be gun reform? If there is gun reform how will it impact the country? Will new gun laws stop mass shootings?

In my opinion, the answer to all the questions is NO. The reason why I say no is because there will not be any gun reform in any way. After the Newtown shooting where babies were gun down there was no gun reform. After the killing of babies and you stand on your position about gun control there will be no movement after the Las Vegas shootings. You constantly hear people say America has a gun cultural besides the gun cultural here the manufacturing of guns is engrained into the economy of America. Remember the auto industry bailout, the reason for the auto industry bailout is because we were told if the auto companies fail the impact on the country would be devastating. The reason I bring up the auto industry bailout is that there are just as many guns as there are cars in America. Therefore, if the success of the auto industry has a huge impact on the country then the gun manufacturer has a similar impact on the country. Based on these politicians will not do anything that will have a negative impact on gun manufacturers.

In my opinion, there will be no gun reform and there will be no reduction in mass shootings. The hype around the Las Vegas shooting will die down and the gun talk will go away until the next incident. How do we prevent these mass shooting and how do we prepare for a mass shooting, I have no idea? Getting your own guns will not help but if it makes you feel better then get yours. A large number of guns are owned by a small number of citizens. I am afraid this will become a part of life in America

 

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