By Mariella Hollines
After this week's major shooting in Orlando, I just felt the need to reflect over it. I was heartbroken when my dad turned on the tv on Sunday morning and the caption read the worst shooting in American History after 9/11. I could feel my heart drop and just think about all those people who lost their lives. As I heard more about this major event, one idea would not get out of my head. This idea was the restriction over gun control.
I think the Orlando shooting along with many other massacres that have happened bring a strong need to talk about gun control laws. The other day I heard Trump on the radio say that if others in the club had had guns with them there wouldn't have been so much damage. Although Trump makes me completely crazy, his idea could potentially be true but, not necessarily. Imagine this man coming in and everyone having a gun shooting in random places. That could be very unsafe and hectic. I think it is more reasonable to think that if the gunman had no gun in the first place then there could have not been this massacre.
I believe there needs to be a way tighter control on gun laws. There is no reason that just any person especially with any mental problems or any suspicion toward them should be able to get a gun. I’m not saying that all people who are mentally ill will kill someone but it's better to be safe than sorry. It should be much harder to get a gun.
In the case of the Orlando shooting, even though there isn't a lot of information out about if the gunman was mentally ill yet, his ex-wife did say she thought he wasn't mentally stable. Those who sell guns need to find away to find out this information before giving people guns. If they had known this I’m sure he wouldn't have had the chance to get his hands on a gun. On another note, why would anyone need such a huge assault weapon. If a person feels the need to have a gun to protect themselves the huge rifle the gunman had seems a little much. Also, I read that some gun shops had suspicion about him. I just don't understand how he got the gun if there were those suspicious toward him.
Gun control laws have stayed pretty much the same for way too long. There has been so many terrible shootings and it’s time that we stop waiting. We need to act now and prevent things like this from happening again.
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