The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 15, 2014

Student Voice: Rising gun violence in America

The Daily Item

— On Dec. 10, 2013, The New York Times reported in the article “State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newtown” that since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012 — which left 26 people dead — 109 state gun laws have been passed in the United States.

This sounds like a good thing until you read the next sentence which states that two-thirds of these new laws actually loosened gun restrictions; only 39 of these new laws actually tighten gun restrictions. Of the 109 new laws, 28 make it easier to get a gun permit; 22 make it easier to carry a gun in public; and nine laws actually make it easier to carry guns to school. These are just a few of the 70 laws loosening gun restrictions.

No wonder there have been 16 mass shootings in the past year. Many people think the appropriate reaction to mass shootings is to make it possible for more of the “good guys” to have guns. This only helps to promote fire fights. Instead of our country should focus on passing laws that make it harder for potentially unstable people to own a gun.

Something definitely needs to be done about the rising amount of gun violence in the United States, and the solution cannot be to give more people access to guns. We need to help push our government to put tighter restrictions on who can and who cannot own a gun, and therefore have the potential to create violence .

Jacob Bodinger,

Selinsgrove High School