Dear Next President:
You are on the brink of running a very violent and destructive country. Citizens have gotten used to mass murders and shootings as the norm. It is easier to obtain a concealed weapon than it is to obtain a driver’s license or an abortion in some states. Gun control should be one of the main priorities of your term. Limiting and restricting guns will increase the value of a human life. People will understand the scope of the effects of a gun.
In 2015 alone, there were roughly 372 mass shootings which resulted in 475 deaths and 1,870 wounded, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker. Of these shootings, over 60 were mass school shootings. While analyzing these numbers, I was appalled to see the number of lives lost. Many of these shootings come from perpetrators who have no motive. These perpetrators came from backgrounds of mental illnesses which brings up the question as to how and why they were able to obtain these weapons to commit unlawful acts.
I believe that there should be stricter requirements and obligations in owning a concealed weapon. Training to meet qualifications in owning certain weapons should be a requirement, in addition to a certificate of completion and license. Without these being implemented, the current law about concealed weapons remain too lax. When the Founders wrote the Constitution, the second amendment was made to protect those who were being oppressed. Now that we are in a different era, the intent of the Founders should not be strictly interpreted. We, as the people, should adjust and interpret the amendment in relation to the times we are living in. This does not mean that citizens cannot exercise their rights; it means that the government is doing what it thinks necessary to maintain happiness and peace in the nation.
Firearms have been too frequent as a cause of death. Those that fall victim under the crimes committed by those in possession of firearms are only another statistic in American history. To avoid this pattern, I hope that you consider my proposal and the important issue at hand. Good luck being Chief of the Executive Branch in the Oval Office! You have a duty to the United States.