The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 2, 2014

Student Voice: Background checks

Centuries ago our nation was founded by some of the most influential leaders we will ever have. These leaders created this nation based on freedom, equality for all and natural born rights. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms are some of the key points listed in the Bill of Rights.

Today, our nation still functions and abides by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, as it gives citizens freedom. However, what it does not do is give permission to abuse these rights with our words, actions and possessions.

Gun violence has been one of the most controversial topics in the news these days. Everyday a new article, radio or television broadcast describes horrific events that wound and take the lives of innocent people.  

In the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot per day, and every 17 minutes, someone dies from a gunshot whether it is self-inflicted or by another human being shooting them. The time has come for us to establish more in-depth background checks, decrease the amount of guns being sold and increase punishments for improper behavior. Some guns are designed for the sole purpose of harming others; therefore they should not be sold to anyone, and be used strictly for military and law enforcement positions.

By requiring more specific background checks the amount of guns being sold will reduce substantially to those unfit for such powerful weaponry.

Finally, improper use of a gun in any way should result in immediate termination of one’s right to own, possess and fire a gun. Citizens of the U.S. have the right to bear arms but need to realize it is a privilege, not a given.

Maya Handiboe,

Mifflinburg High School

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