Or, at least, that’s what you think.

News outlets like CNN, FOX, ABC and social media influencers have been sharing their opinions about gun control, even more so, within the past few weeks. Some I agree with, some I don’t; but let’s get one thing straight. The majority of people asking for stricter gun control are NOT trying to take away YOUR guns.

So who is the hypothetical “you” that I’m referring to? It could, literally, be you, someone who’s reading this article right now. Do you fit the criteria?

I do NOT care if you have a gun if you:

-purchased your firearms legally

-can pass a background check

-are mentally stable

-don’t have a felony

-have never been on a “No Fly” list

-are NOT purchasing assault weaopons like AR-15’s, one of the most commonly used weapons for a majority of mass shootings in America.

If you’re worried about the #NeverAgain movement, then I’m worried about you. Stricter gun laws won’t make it harder for law-abiding citizens to get a gun. It will make it harder for those who are not. It won’t stop mass shootings; the people who want to cause harm will always find a way. But, it could stop them from getting these weapons so easily; and that’s all we’re asking for (for now). Peace of mind.

I am a black female, one of the most stigmatized minorities in America, and I don’t want a gun. Ever. I don’t see the need for one, but I grew up with guns in my house. My grandfather had an oak cabinet that held six shotguns that were used for hunting purposes. I understand the appeal. As an American, it is our “right to bear arms”. But it’s also my right to speak out on issues that directly effect fellow Americans and myself. Gun control is one of them.

So no, I don’t want your guns, and no one is going to go to your house and take your guns. All I want is to be able to go to school, the movies, a concert, church, a night club, my backyard or... without worrying about the likelihood of being shot.