As your constituent of the state of Massachusetts, I am writing to you to plead for your continued efforts in the fight for gun control. I realize that even after the lives of 20 children and six adults were lost in the Sandy Hook shooting, our democratic majority Senate was still unable to garner the 60 votes necessary to pass comprehensive gun control legislation. I call upon you to keep this critical issue alive and to continue to lobby to your fellow Senators for a ban on assault weapons, stricter background checks on gun buyers, and a ban on high-capacity gun magazines.
Since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, there have been 88 additional school shootings. It is clear that there is a correlation between how available guns are and the increasing number of accidental deaths, suicides, and murders. To me, there is no justification for allowing any individual to possess a semi-automatic weapon that can shoot 100 rounds. While the Supreme Court in a 2010 decision about the second amendment did grant private citizens who are not a part of a militia the right to own a gun, it also, in the same ruling, ruled that gun regulations are legal. Therefore, this ruling acknowledges Congress’s right to enact more gun control legislation. Lobbyists against gun limitations often use this constitutional right to their advantage and argue that it is unconstitutional to limit our right to "Bear arms," but it is necessary for a strong anti-gun lobby to keep the dangers of guns in the forefront. I personally believe that the constitutional argument is "out of date" given the constitution was drafted in the late 1700's. Given the fact that no constitutional amendment has ever been repealed, I recognize it is quite the daunting task to persevere in the fight for gun legislation. It must be noted that there’s no constitutional “right” to use armor-piercing bullets, and there is no constitutional “right” that allows us to carry a concealed weapon in public; the only “true right” in the constitution is for self defense within your own home. And as Stephen King famously said after the gun legislation failed: “if you can’t kill an intruder with ten rounds, you need to go back to the shooting range.”
On a personal note, I almost became a victim of a gun accident. It happened innocently enough when my cousin found my grandfather’s gun during a family gathering and started brandishing it at me and my other cousins. He pulled the trigger with no fear of it being loaded and walked up the stairs to my entire family to boast his newly gained power. The fact is, my cousin was barely ten years old, and he almost committed an accidental killing. This is a clear example of how guns are a threat to lives everyday whether the crimes are committed accidentally or deliberately. The arguments for gun legislation are clear: more guns equal more homicides and suicides, at least 54 percent of Americans support stricter gun legislation and 91 percent support strict background checks, most massacres are committed with LEGAL weapons, and more assault weapons don’t make you safer. Also, when Australia banned automatic and semi automatic weapons there was a 59 percent drop in homicides. I can only wonder how many more lives will be lost before we, as a country, take appropriate measures to stop the homicides and mass shootings and other gun related deaths. I call upon you as my elected senator to lead the crusade against guns.
I beg of you to not let the NRA or any other gun lobbyist distract from the process, which MUST be taken in order to stop gun violence. Therefore, I urge you to support a bill that includes the following:
1. A ban against assault rifles.
2. Limitations against high capacity gun magazines.
3. Strict background checks that carefully and efficiently examine the gun buyers mental health records. The background checks would also require recommendations from old bosses, friends, etc. Finally, each gun buyer would have to submit a detailed proposal clearly explaining why he or she needs such a weapon and this proposal would be examined by a committee of concerned citizens.
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10 great arguments