OPINION: Mass shootings won’t stop unless restrictive gun control laws are put in place

Grace Wayment, Design Editor


As an American student, I jump at the simple sound of a door closing. This is the America we live in, where nearly two mass shootings happen daily. Mass shootings need to stop, and that starts with gun control. It is the start of 2023, and there have been over 100 mass shootings. Over a thousand lives have been taken in one month; that is more deaths by gun violence than most countries have in a year. Last year 44,000 people’s lives were cut short due to mass shootings. How many deaths will it take before there are gun restrictions?

Military-grade guns or any gun with high magazines are usually the type of guns that turn murder into mass murder. With more gun control laws, there will be fewer deaths caused by firearms. There is no reason any American, especially a freshly young adult,  should own such intense firearms. 

Some may say they need a gun for protection, but according to Michael Planty and Jennifer L. Truman, “Firearm Violence, 1993-2011,” guns are rarely used in self-defense. And countries with restrictive gun control laws have lower gun homicide rates than America. The number of lives taken a day is alarming. Each day at least 12 children die from gun violence in America. America should have taken action years ago, yet most Americans would rather have more protection over their guns than the lives of innocent children. 

School shootings are traumatizing and are now a regular thing in America. Students go to school thinking they’re safe, but their whole world changes because of a gun in a matter of seconds. Gun violence is out of hand and shows how selfish America truly is. Even a majority of adults, including gun owners, support common sense gun control, such as background checks, bans on assault weapons, and bans on high-capacity magazines. Data shows an alarming 98% of perpetrators are male.

I grew up surrounded by guns; I know how to use one, and I don’t wish for complete bans on guns. All I want is for America to be safer, yet with constant mass shootings, even going to local events is scary.  America is a laughing stock because of our blatant ignorance every time a life is taken. It never really ends.  A safer America is an America with gun restrictions.