Opinion: When is it enough

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By Karina Zeyrek

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Second Amendment of the United States was ratified in 1791. However, in 1791 there weren’t mass shootings and people walking around on the street with legal automatic weapons jeopardizing the safety of hundreds and in some cases thousands of innocent lives.

Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, we have had some of the deadliest shootings in American history, and recently the deadliest one took 58 innocent lives and injured more than 500.

The Las Vegas Shooting has brought up the debate on gun control and while the NRA and White House have commented saying that “now is not the time to talk about gun control” many people ask “when will it be time?”

How many more innocent lives need to be violently taken away for the people in charge to act on the situation? When is enough, enough?

With all do respect to the White House and NRA, it will never be the right time to talk about gun violence, but it is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly and does need to be discussed ASAP.

A country like Australia thought it was enough after their mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996 where 35 people were killed. After the horror in Australia, Leaders enforced some of the most comprehensive firearm laws in the world and have not had another mass shooting since.

When will it be time to start caring about the people more than the money and when will we stop brushing horrid acts of gun violence under the rug?

We shouldn’t be living our lives like we’re going to war watching people with AK-47s and M16s create mass destruction to those we love most. The bottom line is that guns were made to kill, and if not kill severely injure others.

Night clubs, offices, schools, movie theaters and concerts have all been the locations to the deadliest mass shootings.

Our friends, children and family members aren’t safe, its time we realize that and put a stop to the gun violence in our country.

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