Estelle D. New York

Gun Control in the U.S.

Criminals who manage to buy assault weapons illegally attack and kill innocent, exposed people.

Dear Future President,

What this country needs is stronger gun laws that ban weapons to help prevent gun violence in the United States. Gun violence affects the whole country because we cannot trust that we will be safe. In the cities, we live in packed apartment buildings, we are surrounded by neighbors, we have doormen, and cameras so we can feel safe. But in the middle of the country, where there is nobody, we could be scared that a group of armed people would attack us in our house. We should ban all guns to avoid this type of situation.

According to Gun Violence Archive, so far, in 2016, there were 50,000 incidents in the U.S. involving shootings. Approximately 15,000 people died and 30,000 were severely injured. The victims of these attacks were children, teenagers, adults, even police officers. Do you really want that to keep happening here? I believe that these somewhat accidental, gun involved assailments are tragic and that they should be stopped. Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution, but I believe that the less guns there are available, the safer we all are overall. As the leader of this country, I believe that it is your responsibility to do as the Preamble to the Constitution says: To โ€œinsure domestic Tranquility." You can do this by assuring, in your laws, that nobody can buy assault weapons here or bring them in from other countries. I am French and I believe that the attacks in Paris and Nice were heartbreaking. I was tearing up when I watched one of the survivors of the Bataclan Theatre massacre, on Friday the 13th of November, 2015, describe the horrific vision of the 130 corpses he saw on the floor as he escaped almost alone.

I trust that you will understand the gravity of the situation and I would profoundly appreciate it if you took action as soon as you can. If I were you, I would ban guns completely from being used or sold. This will help hinder the terrorist attacks in our country. Yes, it will be hard to have people give up their guns but it will make everyone safer. From apartment buildings to isolated houses in the countryside, everyone will be happier. Thank you for considering this matter and hopefully taking action.


Estelle D.


@GunDeaths. "Gun Violence Archive." Gun Violence Archive. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.

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