can El Paso and Dayton make you think about gun control
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

If El Paso And Dayton Weren't Enough For You, Think Again

This has gone on too far.

If El Paso And Dayton Weren't Enough For You, Think Again

Now, before anyone starts going after me about this (yes, I'm talking to all of you hunting freaks), please listen before you comment.

Within just this weekend, there have been two mass shootings. One in El Paso, Texas at a Walmart. One in Dayton, Ohio. Both had about ten or more death and more injured. Two shootings in 24 hours. 20 plus people dead. Both in places that should be considered okay. All of the dead are innocent.

Both the shooters are now terrorists for the country. Yes, I said terrorists. No, I didn't say white nationalists because while yes that's what they are, I am not afraid to say that these shooters are terrorists.

"But Maddie, their mental health--" I don't give two shits they took an AK-47 (a fucking semi assault weapon that should only be used in war) into a public place and shot up places that should be considered safe.

This came one week after the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.

If you think that none of these mass shootings hit close to home, well I'm here to tell you you're wrong. I'm from Ohio. Dayton is only a couple of hours away from my hometown, and I have some friends from high school even some close friends from high school that go to the University of Dayton. To think what if they were in the area at the time of the Dayton shooting, I could've lost some friends to heinous gun violence...

The idea of mass shootings in the United States has been pretty much happening almost my entire life. I was barely one year old when the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 happened. I'm turning 21 this week and there have been recorded 250 mass shooting in the United States. The 250th one being recorded in Dayton. I've seen the news reports about Sandy Hook and the Aurora theater when I was in middle school, the Pulse Nightclub shooting my senior year of high school, Parkland and Las Vegas my freshman year of college, and these recent shootings the summer before my junior year of college. All of them used a semi-automatic rifle.

According to an article in The New York Times titled "How to Buy a Gun in 16 Countries." It lists all of the requirements in different countries that it takes to be registered to use a gun. For the United States, they just need to pass a background check and they can then buy a gun. It also says that there are some Americans that buy guns without a background check.

This is why we need extensive background checks. Actually, scratch that because we need to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons. I don't care what the Republicans say, it is not due to video games it's your laws that are making this becoming a reality. If semi-automatic weapons were banned, then we wouldn't have over 200 mass shootings in the United States.

Okay, end rant.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

7 Fun Facts About The Eiffel Tower

The iconic landmark is reinventing itself with a splashy new color.

Eiffel Tower

Soon, the 2024 Summer Olympics are coming to Paris, and the Eiffel Tower will be in the spotlight.

Embedded so much into Paris's identity, the iconic landmark is no stranger to historic events and world-class gatherings over the years. It is sure to shine again.

Keep Reading... Show less

Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

You don't just start as the person you are meant to be; there is a journey full of ups and downs that mold a person, so this is my journey.

Blue Skies Weren't Always Blue

Overall I'd love to say I grew up a happy overly enthusiastic child that was taught to love herself and be loved by everyone else, but I can't say that and I never will. My smile wasn't always as bright as it is today, but this is the story behind my smile, the story about how I got here to the happiest place I'll ever be. I'll begin at freshman year of high school.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants

Just remember sometimes it is gonna hurt, whether we want it to or not!

The Heart Wants what the Heart Wants
Where to start...... Let me start with the cliche that life throws us curveballs and what we do with it is what counts.

One day he walked into my life. UNEXPECTED! And one day he walked out!

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

See which conversations rose to the top on Odyssey this week!


New response writers means exciting new conversations on Odyssey! We're proud to spotlight our talented creators and the topics that matter most to them. Here are the top three response articles of last week:

Keep Reading... Show less

Heart on a Wet Sleeve

No one prepares you for the honeymoon phase wearing off

Heart on a Wet Sleeve

Let's start off with the simple fact that God made everyone differently. That statement could not be more evident. We try to embrace our differences and set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. What that doesn't prepare us for is when we yearn for a characteristic of someone else. For example, have you ever met someone who can experience this great heart ache and hardly shed a tear? This person just had their heart ripped out and they find a way to carry themselves through it with great composure. Well, not all of us have that desirable trait. Some of us wear our hearts on our wet sleeves. When a person has their heart on their sleeve, it can be viewed as a good thing, that the individual isn't shallow. However,

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments