The shooting incident at Umpqua Community has left the state of Oregon as well as the entire country, debating about gun control. It is without doubt that gun violence has become a controversial issue in the United States ever since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999.

Since then, people have argued over whether the United States needs to emphasize the use of guns or control the use of them. It seems today, we find ourselves caught up too far at both ends of the political spectrum instead of looking for compromise.

Personally, we should not remove the second amendment. I believe people should have the right to carry a gun whether it be for hunting or protection.

To be honest, I do not even mind a concealed carrier permit, so long as this process is heavily regulated. The type of guns being sold needs to be monitored better.

The concept of letting people own a semi- automatic rifle is beyond comprehension. There is not a necessity for them in society. We as a nation need to become more responsible in the way that we go about acquiring guns.

I am a firm believer in enhancing background checks to make sure people with possible mental illnesses are not in possession of a lethal weapon. It is extremely sad that it seems like every other month we hear about another public or school shooting.

So why not? If it is for the betterment of the people, wouldn’t it be better to be examined rather than worry about guns being put in the wrong hands?

Whenever we discuss gun control, the constitution is always referenced. Within the preamble it states “to promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.” How are we promoting general welfare by letting dangerous people possess guns? How are we securing the blessings of liberty if people don’t have the freedom to attend school without the fear of being shot?

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