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Gun control in the United States– When will we learn?

Around 2 a.m. local time on June 12, 50 people were killed and many others were injured from a hate crime at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Pulse Nightclub is known for being a “gay club,” and the shooter was described as going into the shooting with having a history of anger issues.

The shooter, Omar Mateen, entered the nightclub with an AR-15 type rifle and a handgun. He was able to do this because the gun laws in Florida authorize that you do not need an owner license, state license, and a background check for private sales. Although, in Florida, you are not allowed to openly carry long guns and handguns.

This event has provoked many opinions from people from all over the world. Many of these people have shared their views on social media.

“I just can’t understand why guns are still a thing. How many more people have to die before we realise that guns are the problem,” tweeted Will Darbyshire, a British YouTuber.

“Target groups (non-white, non-cis, non-straight) should not be endangered because the country’s too scared to enforce gun laws,” tweeted Deirdre Welch, a Louisville, Kent. sophomore at duPont Manual High School. Deirdre then went on to compare the United Kingdom’s gun laws and people to the United States’.

“The straights in the U.K. don’t kill everyone cause there’s gun control,” she tweeted.

In countries where there is gun control, like the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and Australia, there is a smaller amount of homicides. These countries have been called by Jim Young, as “more advanced.” The United Kingdom’s gun control policy states that all handguns, semi-automatic and pump-action non-rim-fire rifles are prohibited. With their restrictions, they have the lowest rate of gun related homicides in the world.

As a student who has grown up in the United States, I am one of many who supports a stricter gun control law system. The main argument that is used by citizens against gun control is that the guns are used for “self defense.” This may be true, but the guns would not be needed if there was a better restriction process against the use of guns all together. There would not be as many homicides as there are now if the United State’s gun laws were tighter and more restrictive.

Many people have used phrases like “how many more people have to die for the U.S. to realize” on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. I agree. This needs to stop now before anyone else has to suffer from the loss of a loved one because of a gun related accident or crime.