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Take responsibility to curb gun violence

Take responsibility to curb gun violence

Accountability should be for all licenses


Cars and guns kill thousands yearly. With cars, people need a license, insurance and registrations. But with guns, once a person has a gun, they own it forever.

 With the exception of hunting, emotional factors play the major part in how a gun will be used. Although cars have been used as weapons in places like Charlottesville, guns are the more likely resource if a person wants to kill someone. For cars, administrations and institutes in the United States helped put in backup cameras, stability control and other safety measures.

But there is no advising agency for safe gun use. Maybe the Second Amendment needs Amendment 2.5, stating that there must be adequate protection for those without guns and for those too young or frail to possess them. 

The National Rifle Association, fearful politicians and gun companies stand by gun advocates by taking no action on the consequences of how guns are used and how many of them are out there.

To quote the cartoon caption after the slaughter in a movie theatre, “Freedom isn’t free.” So true. If collectively we took responsibility to reduce gun violence, then maybe we would live in a safer environment. If we only had the will to do so.

Bill Shapiro


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