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Guns in America – Voices

“I do think there’s a place for different gun laws, depending on the state that you live in.”
Massachusetts
I think you’ve got to roll all the way back to the beginning of this country and how we were founded. During the Revolutionary War, we, of course, used guns to establish our liberty, our right of free thought, and our ability to be independent from what we saw as persecution. For those reasons, over the years we have developed a fondness of guns and their ability to enable us to fight for what is right. There are no questions that that fondness has been infected by other acts in the United States of America, which have used guns for far more negative purposes. Let’s also throw in that the Civil War was the significant marker of another use of guns to again fight for what was right in the United States of America, that being the abolishment of slavery. That made a significant statement as a new country to establish slavery as a wrong in the world, something that had been permissible for many years. So those are two situations in our history where the United States looked at guns in a positive light and appreciated the value of taking arms to fight for what is right. Roll that forward to today or the past 60-70 years here in America and there’s a different light. Guns are often used in horrible ways by people who are either looking for notoriety or are seeking to right a wrong that they’ve observed or to reverse some kind of persecution that they feel. Unfortunately, it has become so commonplace, particularly amongst youth—people who are trying to find their way—to use guns in mass shootings.

Am I against guns in the United States of America owned by people to bear arms when they feel they’ve been wronged? Yes I am. Do I feel that there is a right to currently bear arms in some states? Of course there is, since there are laws that allow them to do that. Do I also feel like there can be a distinction between some states from others in that right to bear arms or in that ability to have access to guns? I think I do, because I think culturally, people in Texas are very different from people in Massachusetts for instance, and I think that’s one of the beauties in our country—recognizing the differences from one state to another. That is a federal viewpoint that makes the United States so unique. So, I do think there’s a place for different gun laws, depending on the state that you live in. However, I definitely feel that we have to take very serious steps to do things like outlaw semi-automatic guns, guns that are enabled by accessories to kill hundreds of people in matters of minutes, and access to guns that are more for a military format than for something that might be used to shoot a squirrel or protect oneself against an intruder in a certain state.

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