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Second Amendment Demise

Tara Afshar, Journalist

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We are a country that is divided over many national policies. One pressing issue that has been heavily debated is the second amendment of our constitution that states: “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 fringed.” Many gun advocates even consider it their birthright to own a gun, and find it to be an important part of their American heritage. As a nation our population makes up 5% of the world population; Within that 5% populace, our nation owns 35-50% of the world’s civilian owned guns. It is unbelievable that only a dozen states require purchase permits for handguns, and ironically most states require permits to carry handguns.
In January of 2016, President Obama had proposed to Congress a pack of executive actions that proposed a series of background check system, mental health treatments that would ensure guns were kept out of the wrong hands. President Obama also proposed funding to hire more federal law enforcement agents to oversee the gun violence in the streets. Sadly, Congress did not pass the “common sense gun safety reforms”.
Data indicates that as of August 1, 1996, we have had 1,118 killed, 303 guns,160 shooters, 156 shootings in 42 states. Most recently on October 27 2018, a shooter took the lives of eleven people and injured many others at THE TREE of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania during Shabbat prayers.
Gun violence in the US is continuously on the rise. Innocent civilians are sacrificed daily in their schools, places of work, concerts, airports, and even their houses of worship. This madness is killing our nation. We need to take action, rise, and fight as a nation.

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