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Gun Violence: Enough is Enough

Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Pulse, Las Vegas...Sutherland Springs.

It seems sometimes you can hardly check the news without another mass shooting being in the headlines.

People respond in anger on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Anger at the situation. Anger that people would dare question the second amendment. Anger that the world we live in has turned into this.


This is the root of all the problems we have in the world right now. People, and more importantly, politicians can no longer get past the anger that arises when someone questions their point of view, or disagrees. This refusal to listen to opposing viewpoints has led to total gridlock in DC, and has led to yet another mass shooting that could have been prevented.

Everyone has their own opinion on whether the US government should institute more strict gun control laws, but at the same time, everyone thinks these events are tragedies. When will people come to their senses and say enough is enough?

Whether it is mental health or terrorism causing these shootings, they all have one thing in common - the weapon. It is the view of the Cricket Chirps staff that guns, and the people who misuse them are the root of this problem.

Laws are never made for the lawful. Laws are put in place for those who would defy rules and do others harm. Therefore refusing to enact gun restrictions because of lawful citizens rights is not logical. We have free speech limitations, so let us move forward and take a stand against further gun violence.

The gun control laws we have now are outdated. It is the opinion of the staff that military grade weapons should not be readily available outside of the armed forces. We believe in preserving the rights of gun owners to hunt, and protect their families, but we believe there are more appropriate firearms options to fulfill these needs. These are military grade weapons meant for killing, and that is how they are being used - to kill people.

For the future of our friends, family and community members something has to change.

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