They had the right to grow up and grow old.

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I grew up in a home with guns. Guns that were kept safely under lock and key with the ammunition stored safely away. I am not against guns. I am against any joe blow being able to carry an easily concealable handgun or owning an assault rifle. The simple fact is these weapons are not needed for hunting or personal protection. They are designed to kill people and in the case of assault rifles, a lot of people. I question the mentality of anyone buying something designed for this purpose. It breaks my heart that with a tragedy such what happened in Connecticut, still an exposed wound, the debate already rages with people proclaiming their right to bear arms on every social media site. Ask the parents of those poor babies if they are glad that young man used his right to a gun. Now, before the attacks start I am not saying he had the right to shoot them. I am saying because of lax laws he had the right to purchase assault rifles and this is how he chose to use them. Yes, his actions are his own but if he didn’t have access to these weapons, this could very well have been a different story.

These ease with which disturbed individuals gain access to firearms is a direct reflection on the increasing frequency of these tragedies. If they couldn’t get guns less people would die. It seems like simple logic. Yes, a knife in the hands of a maniac could do damage but they ARE readily available and how often do you hear about random, mass murderous attacks with someone wielding one?

I find the argument that good people have guns and it isn’t a problem, frustrating! No one is saying, all guns and the people that own them are bad. What people like me are saying is that it is way too easy for anyone to get one. Maybe if there were a few stricter regulations angry teenagers acting impulsively wouldn’t grab one that just happens to be near by and shoot the kids they felt bullied them. Maybe if the guns were legally required to be stored in locked cabinets without ammunition then hotheaded spouses wouldn’t , in a fit of rage shoot their loved ones. Maybe, if handguns and assault riffles were not available to the public mentally disturbed individuals that do go on a rampage may be intercepted before 20 kindergarteners die.
Stop screaming about your right to bear arms and look at the big picture. Have your guns, but be smart about it.

A Sig Sauer and Glock were what Adam Lanza used to murder twenty children. Two semi automatic handguns, easily concealable until he entered the school and opened fire. What people like me are trying to point out is that if weapons like these were not available maybe less people would die. Maybe if he carried a rifle intended for hunting someone may have seen it and stopped him before he killed all of those innocent babies. Maybe had he carried something other than a semi automatic weapon the death toll would have been much less. Guns are not the problem, that is correct, the people allowing weapons designed for killing people into the hands of anyone who wants one, is.

I am needing to step away from social media today. I am overwhelmed by people shouting about their right to bear arms today. Children died- horribly. Not because of a rifle intended for hunting to provide food for a family. Not by a gun designed for protecting your home and loved ones. The were murdered by concealable, readily available, semi automatic handguns that were designed with the sole purpose in mind of killing people.
To argue your right to carry weapons intended for this, while those little bodies lay not yet buried, with grieving loved ones around, is deplorable and I can’t see anymore of it today.

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

ADULTS

Rachel Davino, 29

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

Nancy Lanza, 52

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