West Coast University Gun Control Analytical Paper The analytical paper is about guns. Add two more body paragraphs use the links in the reference page if

West Coast University Gun Control Analytical Paper The analytical paper is about guns. Add two more body paragraphs use the links in the reference page if needed. Attached is the document the paper is based on. Keep APA format. Emma Gonzalez to Lawmakers and Gun Advocates
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed a gun control rally on Saturday in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, days after a gunman entered her school in nearby Parkland and killed 17 people.
We haven’t already had a moment of silence in the House of Representatives, so I would like to have
another one. Thank you.
Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. But instead we are up here
standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then
it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see. Since the time of the Founding Fathers and since
they added the Second Amendment to the Constitution, our guns have developed at a rate that leaves me
dizzy. The guns have changed but our laws have not.
We certainly do not understand why it should be harder to make plans with friends on weekends than to
buy an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. In Florida, to buy a gun you do not need a permit, you do not
need a gun license, and once you buy it you do not need to register it. You do not need a permit to carry a
concealed rifle or shotgun. You can buy as many guns as you want at one time.
I read something very powerful to me today. It was from the point of view of a teacher. And I quote: When
adults tell me I have the right to own a gun, all I can hear is my right to own a gun outweighs your student’s
right to live. All I hear is mine, mine, mine, mine.
Instead of worrying about our AP Gov chapter 16 test, we have to be studying our notes to make sure that
our arguments based on politics and political history are watertight. The students at this school have been
having debates on guns for what feels like our entire lives. AP Gov had about three debates this year. Some
discussions on the subject even occurred during the shooting while students were hiding in the closets. The
people involved right now, those who were there, those posting, those tweeting, those doing interviews
and talking to people, are being listened to for what feels like the very first time on this topic that has
come up over 1,000 times in the past four years alone.
I found out today there’s a website shootingtracker.com. Nothing in the title suggests that it is exclusively
tracking the USA’s shootings and yet does it need to address that? Because Australia had one mass
shooting in 1999 in Port Arthur (and after the) massacre introduced gun safety, and it hasn’t had one since.
Japan has never had a mass shooting. Canada has had three and the UK had one and they both introduced
gun control and yet here we are, with websites dedicated to reporting these tragedies so that they can be
formulated into statistics for your convenience.
I watched an interview this morning and noticed that one of the questions was, do you think your children
will have to go through other school shooter drills? And our response is that our neighbors will not have to
go through other school shooter drills. When we’ve had our say with the government — and maybe the
adults have gotten used to saying ‘it is what it is,’ but if us students have learned anything, it’s that if you
don’t study, you will fail. And in this case if you actively do nothing, people continually end up dead, so it’s
time to start doing something.
We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we’re going to be another statistic
about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting.
Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law. That’s going to be Marjory Stoneman
Douglas in that textbook and it’s going to be due to the tireless effort of the school board, the faculty
members, the family members and most of all the students. The students who are dead, the students still
in the hospital, the student now suffering PTSD, the students who had panic attacks during the vigil
because the helicopters would not leave us alone, hovering over the school for 24 hours a day.
There is one tweet I would like to call attention to. So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally
disturbed, even expelled for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big
problem. Must always report such instances to authorities again and again. We did, time and time again.
Since he was in middle school, it was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.
Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him, you didn’t know this kid. OK, we did. We
know that they are claiming mental health issues, and I am not a psychologist, but we need to pay
attention to the fact that this was not just a mental health issue. He would not have harmed that many
students with a knife.
And how about we stop blaming the victims for something that was the student’s fault, the fault of the
people who let him buy the guns in the first place, those at the gun shows, the people who encouraged
him to buy accessories for his guns to make them fully automatic, the people who didn’t take them away
from him when they knew he expressed homicidal tendencies, and I am not talking about the FBI. I’m
talking about the people he lived with. I’m talking about the neighbors who saw him outside holding guns.
If the President wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it
should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I’m going to
happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association.
You want to know something? It doesn’t matter, because I already know. Thirty million dollars. And divided
by the number of gunshot victims in the United States in the one and one-half months in 2018 alone, that
comes out to being $5,800. Is that how much these people are worth to you, Trump? If you don’t do
anything to prevent this from continuing to occur, that number of gunshot victims will go up and the
number that they are worth will go down. And we will be worthless to you.
To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you.
Crowd chants, shame on you.
If your money was as threatened as us, would your first thought be, how is this going to reflect on my
campaign? Which should I choose? Or would you choose us, and if you answered us, will you act like it for
once? You know what would be a good way to act like it? I have an example of how to not act like it. In
February of 2017, one year ago, President Trump repealed an Obama-era regulation that would have made
it easier to block the sale of firearms to people with certain mental illnesses.
From the interactions that I had with the shooter before the shooting and from the information that I
currently know about him, I don’t really know if he was mentally ill. I wrote this before I heard what
Delaney said. Delaney said he was diagnosed. I don’t need a psychologist and I don’t need to be a
psychologist to know that repealing that regulation was a really dumb idea.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa was the sole sponsor on this bill that stops the FBI from
performing background checks on people adjudicated to be mentally ill and now he’s stating for the
record, ‘Well, it’s a shame the FBI isn’t doing background checks on these mentally ill people.’ Well, duh.
You took that opportunity away last year.
The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only
ones who notice and our parents to call BS. Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these
days, saying that all we are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submission when our
message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded
House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call
BS. They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun
stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as
cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have
occurred. We call BS. That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to
understand how the government works. We call BS.
If you agree, register to vote. Contact your local congress people. Give them a piece of your mind.
Kaitlin Bennett – No More Compromise
So, when John asked me to speak I kind of thought what am I going to say to a crowd of people in a short
amount of time that could really explain how I felt. And I just spoke to the Parkland kids about 30 minutes
ago and all I have to say is that I am sick and tired of this gun control {expletive deleted} being spewed by
these commies.
I don’t get it.
They come from emotion, and I get the emotion. But I don’t get how they completely ignore the fact that
they were in a gun-free zone. Ninety-eight percent of mass shootings happen in gun free zones. The
government failed them that day, gun owners did not. The government did. They knew this was going to
happen.
And when I was talking to them, they were unapologetic about wanting to take our firearms. And they say
“Oh, we’re pro-Second Amendment,” and this and that, no you’re not! Don’t come over here telling me
“I’m pro-Second Amendment, we just believe in checking this or more background checks.” You don’t
believe in the Second Amendment, and stop saying it. I’m tired of them trying to act like they’re part of us,
because they’re not.
So going forward in our activism, and especially young people, we need to be unapologetic, because they
aren’t apologizing for anything. So we need to do the exact same, and I know it’s been said a lot up on the
stage about not compromising, and it’s so true. We have given them an inch and they have taken a mile.
And now my generation has to fight even harder to gain our rights back. Because people have
compromised our most important right. And it’s so frustrating. So stop compromising, please!
So if you’re one of those {unclear} and “I support the Second Amendment, BUT…” no you don’t! And get
out. Literally leave, go stay with the protestors, because you don’t belong here. We don’t want
compromise. We’re done with that.
So I know I’m speaking to the choir when I say every single gun law is an infringement, I absolutely believe
that. And I know it is weird coming from a little blond girl in heels who walks around with an AR-10 on her
college campus, but it is, it’s an infringement. And when I told them, they were like “What about
background checks?” I don’t believe there should be background checks. It’s not the government’s job to
tell me I need a permit to conceal a weapon. I honestly don’t get it.
Every single one of you should be able to stand here right now with a fully automatic machine gun listening
to me speak. I absolutely believe that.
And as a matter of fact I think I’m going to go back to Kent State with one soon, so…
So the only reason I’m here today is because, the only reason I got invited and all of you know who I am is
because I took a picture with a gun. That’s it. If that doesn’t tell you the state of college campuses and this
nonissue…really gun rights is not an issue. It shouldn’t be controversial for a woman to protect herself or
even carry a rifle. Yet…
Yet because I did exactly what liberals don’t want me do, I went viral because of a photo. It’s that easy. So
we really need to reach out to these young people. Get out on college campuses. Do a gun rights event.
Just take a picture and post it online. People will listen. And so where I’m coming from, you know it’s
important to talk to the other side and try to change their minds, except for the Parkland kids because
they’re getting paid, so unless you have a bigger paycheck than George Soros, you’re not getting through
to them. But where I’m coming from is that we need to inspire the people who already think like us.
They’re out there, but they’re terrified to say something because of what happened to me. I got death
threats, people want to rape me, but I’m armed so it’s not going to happen, so I don’t know what they’re
doing.
So, you know, coming off of that, they are kind of doing half the work for us. When they threaten me,
when they threaten you guys, and they say, “Oh you know you deserve to be shot. I’m going to come to
your house and find you” people stalk me in restaurants and take pictures of me and say they’re going to
punch me in the head. Well thank you for trying. Thank you for saying that, because guess what? You’re
proving why we carry. They are shooting themselves in the foot every second. And I have to thank them for
being so nasty and proving to everybody why we carry.
So I guess, I know I’m running out of time, but I guess I want to leave with the fact that on college
campuses, it is absolutely normal for someone to walk around with an Antifa jacket. Absolutely normal.
They want… It’s absolutely normal for communists to walk around and just display it. It is disgusting. I
support their free speech, but it’s absolutely disgusting. So what we need to normalize, what we need to
be normal on college campuses is firearms. They’re students protecting themselves. And that starts with
engaging with young people that you already know on those campuses. Colleges are not the same as many
of you remember them. They’re not. They have safe spaces now. They have cry closets. It’s absolutely
insane. So what we need to normalize is students protecting themselves so that nothing ever happens to
them, especially women on college campuses who are more subjected to sexual assault. And they proudly
display those flyers, saying one in four women will be sexually assaulted. Well, what can I do about it?
Nothing. They instill fear in people and then have nothing to give them to be able to protect themselves.
And I should be able to protect myself on my campus against rapists.
So if you’re one of those, “I support the Second Amendment, but…” people, please leave. Because we
don’t want you here. And I don’t want you representing something to where I’m going to have to fight
harder when I’m older. And my sister is going to fight harder when she grows up, to be able to protect
herself. And I’m not going to let anything happen to her.
Come and take it!
Running head: GUN CONTROL
Gun Control
Amanda Vu
West Coast University
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Gun control has been an issue that many countries debate upon. Many people claim that
the issuance of guns to people is a way to help them protect themselves from any harm.
However, this has turned to be contrary as it has led to mass killing. Since the start of 2019,
about 107 mass shooting has occurred in the United States leading to an estimate of 120 victims
losing their lives (Gun Violence – Key Facts). Guns have taken lots of lives and have caused
mental health as the survivors are left in depression. Therefore, it is high time the government
changes the constitution on the ownership of guns since there is the issue that has changed
involving the use of firearms to save lives.
There has been an increasing amount in the use of guns in the United States. While
addressing the gun control in Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school where a mass killing
occurred, Gonzales said that the use of guns in the United States has developed at a rate that
leaves her dizzy (Gonzales, 2018). Websites that report each tragedy have been formulated on
the internet. She accuses the people who instead of making plans with a friend about how to
make themselves safe, they spend time buying automatic or semi-automatic weapons. People are
blaming the innocent instead of worrying about gun laws. The mass shooting is as a result of an
absence in the change in gun laws.
Suppose there were strict rules on gun access, it would reduce gun violence. The reason
for the increase in gun violence is because checks are not done well (Phoebe, 2015). Some of the
companies allow people to buy as many guns and use theirs without any registration. Due to lack
of permit, many guns are in the society than the number of weapons that even the police officers
have. People are able to purchase as many firearms as they want at one time (Gonzales, 2018).
Individuals do not even need to have a permit in order to carry a concealed rifle or shotgun
(Gonzales, 2018). This shows how the laws about gun control have many holes that allow for
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unnecessary ownership of guns. If gun laws can be stricter, then there would be no more mass
shooting.
The number of gunshot casualties will increase with the existence of guns. Victims from
firearm shootings are becoming much more worthless to the government. The politician should
not support the use of firearms, but should fight to ensure that firearms are done away with.
Some politicians support organizations such as the National Rifle Association due to their large
donations (Gonzales, 2018). According to Phoebe (2015), all weapons at home, on the streets
and possibly on the police should be banned. The government should not value income that they
get from the sale of firearms at the expense of the lives of the innocent citizens. Sometimes the
government plays this down as they claim that gun laws do not decree gun violence (Gonzales,
2018). This should stop to make the lives of everyone in the states safe.
Some people believe that applying gun control is not the solution to reduce gun violence.
This show that many of the people still support guns. In some situations, people do not blame the
shooter for his/her action but blames the victims. Some people solve any slight disagreement by
using guns. To avoid all these, guns should be banned because people do not even care for the
victims (Stephen, 2017). All the mass shooting that happens in schools, restaurant and even
places of worship can be stopped only if the government support the gun laws. No one should be
allowed to possess guns, and the government should ensure only the recognized people are the
one who holds arms for specific reasons.
Guns should be banned entirely from the United States. It is sad that the government
prioritize money over citizen’s safety. The banning of weapons will significantly impact the
casualties every year from the mass shooting. Gun increase because the government is adamant
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about its control. If the government can be at the forefront of fighting the use of guns, the people
could have been safe, and the cases of mass shooting could have reduced by a significant
percentage.
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References
“Emma Gonzalez to Lawmakers and Gun Advocates” (2018).
“Gun Violence – Key Facts”. Amnesty International. (n.d.).Retrieved May 10, 2019, from

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