Opinion: gun control

by Ini Efiom-Ekaha

Just a few weeks ago, many citizens of the United States grieved the loss of 13 students and a teacher who were shot and killed in the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School. On April 27, 2019, a shooting in a synagogue in Poway, California killed one person and injured three. In the state of Pennsylvania alone, one person dies from gun violence every 6 hours. That’s about 4 people who die every day and 28 people who die every week due to gun violence. How many more lives will America lose before we step up and make change? With the help of gun control, we can prevent such shootings and save lives. Many people confuse the definition of gun control with the idea of taking all guns from everybody, when that is not the case. Gun control is the limitation on the number of guns that are in possession. In 2018, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill to remove firearms from those convicted of domestic violent crimes. On April 29th, 2019, the Texas Senate passed a school safety bill that has the potential to help prevent many mass shootings. Action is starting to take place and through our voices as the citizens of the United States of America, we can make a difference. For ways to get involved or join the fight, you can contact local government officials or support organizations that stop gun violence such as Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and many more. Don’t just wait for the solution; get involved and help bring an end to gun violence!