Oregon shooting reignites gun control debate

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On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., tragically experienced a fatal shooting that left 10 people dead and nine injured.

The shooter was a 26-year-old male, and he took his own life after a shootout with law enforcement. Investigators on the scene found six guns in his possession.

I now pose a simple question to the reader: How many more people have to die before guns are outlawed in America?

The massacre only reminds families of the victims and advocates of gun control that there is a need for drastic change.

Shocking the American public seems to be the only remedy, but hasn’t everyone already been shocked?

Does another shooting have to occur in order for something to be done?

A large portion of the American population criticizes the implementation of gun control laws because of its recreational use.

Arguably, it would be safer for a single mother to keep a mode of defense in her house in order to protect both herself and her children; however, the overwhelming amount of cases where a gun has been found in a home by an intruder, or accidentally used by a child or angry husband cannot be overlooked.

In fact, if guns were not allowed in the first place, then the intruder wouldn’t have one either way.

The argument of guns as hunting devices is even more controversial, because it is an activity very much representative of the all-American, masculine persona.

To deny this sect of Americans the right to use a gun is to deny them their identities. We have even had many United States presidents who were avid hunters.

While I can sympathize with the hunters, I ask them: Would you give up your hobby to stop another school shooting?

There is no denying that guns are dangerous weapons created and used to kill, in every sense of the word.

The disadvantages outweigh the benefits; I simply cannot understand the need to continue the violence that Americans are largely known for.

I, as well as many other Americans, do not believe the hunting argument to be satisfactory enough to continue the sale of guns to the American public.

Guns promote violence; their presence in society poisons the minds of children and allows youths to grow into the monsters that commit large-scale shootings.

This isn’t an easy fix and would certainly take many years to reach an acceptable state.

After the eradication of the guns, maybe the censorship of violent video games would be more tolerable.

As Americans, we must ask ourselves: What causes people to commit such crimes, and how can we prevent these monsters from making these decisions?

It is more than the eradication of guns — it is a lifestyle and mindset change that must occur in order for the undoubtedly out-of-control situation to be amended.

Does this mean I call for the eradication of our Second Amendment rights? Perhaps.

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