The People Stand On Common Ground

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There are many shared beliefs between the two opposing ideas in the United States- everyone loves and wants what is best for their nation. I believe that most Americans have the purest intentions and there is no right or wrong solution to this problem. It is sickening that mass shootings have become the norm. These shootings leave many dead and wounded, impacting lives in such a gruesome way. I, while a strong supporter of the second amendment, recognize that there is a serious gun problem in the nation that needs to be addressed. According to studies it is apparent that many people stand on common ground. “A national survey conducted in January 2013 found that 77.3% of Americans (including 59.4% of gun owners) support requiring people to …show more content…

The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 is still in effect today. The legislation is enforced in every state. Its goal is to ban weapons in the area of school zones to protect unarmed students and faculty. Gun free zones were created with the best of intentions- to protect unarmed civilians from a weapons assault. “However, on October 9, the Crime Prevention Research Center released a revised report showing that 92% of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones. Therefore, CPRC showed that only 8% of mass public shootings occurred in places where citizens could have guns (Hawkins)”. These statistics show that guns are the most effective tool for self- defense. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut is an atrocity that rattled the entire nation. 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members with a gun that he obtained because his mother did not lock it up properly. Adam Lanza, without a doubt, is/was a sick and evil human being that preyed on young, helpless children. Their school was a gun free zone and those teachers and young students were defenseless. No other person in the school was armed besides Adam Lanza ( Another awful and tragic mass shooting occurred on July 20, 2012, injuring 70 and killing 12 people. The murderer, James Eagan Holmes, had many options to

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