John L.

Gun Control

We need more gun control

Dear Next President,

My name is John. I am an 8th grader at a school in Ohio. I am writing this letter to you addressing a serious problem, the lack of gun control in most states. We need more gun control because even though the US has a lower population that other countries our gun homicide the united states is responsible for 82% of all gun homicides, 90% of the women killed by guns, and 91% of children under 14 killed by guns. The Second Amendment states and I quote: “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 infringed.” I have heard of or seen 3 different ways of interpreting it, the first is that the military can not take away the right to bare arms. The second is that it the militia’s right to bear arms cannot be taken away. The third interpretation is that the 2nd amendment is more of a situational thing, what I mean by that is that the second amendment is meant for times of crisis like when it was created which was directly after the American Revolution. The reason interpretation is important is because we don’t know exactly what the founders meant and because it is the foundation of gun control laws. I think that gun control is important because states and countries that have more strict gun control laws have much lower homicide and suicide rates and it really couldn’t hurt to lower those rates. I want you future president to enact said stricter laws by making background checks mandatory no matter where a gun is purchased, banning assault weapons (I mean they literally have assault in the name), requiring hunting licenses for things like rifles, and banning large magazines.