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My message: Keep the youth safe

Dear future president, As a high school student, I think we can all agree that we have a lot of daily stresses. Ranging from homework, having to wake up at five in the morning after going to bed at midnight, friends and their drama, and after school activities, we have a lot of different things…
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Gabby Gorven

October 19, 2016

Dear future president,

As a high school student, I think we can all agree that we have a lot of daily stresses.

Ranging from homework, having to wake up at five in the morning after going to bed at midnight, friends and their drama, and after school activities, we have a lot of different things running through our minds that can become quite vexing. In addition to all of that, students across America are forced to worry about safety.

Having been at a school that had a gun/bomb threat, which ended up being a “practical joke,” it’s just another reminder that we don’t put many restrictions on guns. Anyone who has access to a gun at home can bring it to school which has been proven on numerous occasions.

I have my duties as a high school student, and do not believe that worrying about whether or not my school will be just another statistic should be one of them. Please find a way to make weapons harder to access.

We are one of the few countries in the world to still allow citizens to own guns, and as much as it is our right as stated in the Second Amendment, times have changed, guns are easier to load and are far more complex than what they were when it was written. Safety should come first when so many children are dying because of our “rights.”

Future president, I hope you will be able to make the youth of America feel more safe than we feel right now.

Sincerely,

Gabby Gorven

Trabuco Hills High School

Orange County, Calif.

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