Guns are cause of gun violence

To the Editor:

My name is Finian Burns. I am a freshman at MDI High School, and I am one of many students who are very concerned about the epidemic of gun violence in this country, especially gun violence in schools.

The issue of gun control has been raised after every mass shooting, with lots of discussion and very few tangible changes.

Gun lovers have said that the issue is not the availability of guns, it’s the people using the guns. What this doesn’t address is that every country in the world has people who struggle with anger issues and mental illness, yet other countries have far lower rates of gun violence than the United States. Therefore, it is not simply lawless people or “deranged” people who are the cause of gun violence. Statistically speaking, mentally ill people are actually more likely to be the victims of violence than to be the perpetrators.

We should not make people with mental illness the scapegoat for our nation’s irrational love of lethal weapons.

Guns are the cause of gun violence in the United States. Without stricter gun control measures, we cannot rationally hope to prevent future shootings. Important gun control measures are banning bump stocks, banning assault and assault-style weapons, requiring universal background checks and having a waiting period of at least two weeks. In addition, someone with a history of domestic violence should be prohibited from owning or possessing a gun. The single biggest connection among mass shooters is a history of domestic violence. Without these measures, stopping gun violence will be impossible.

Guns are produced to do one thing, which is to kill. In the case of assault and assault-style weapons, their job is to kill as many people as possible, in as short a time as possible.

Some gun owners have told me that they enjoy using their guns, including assault-style guns, as a hobby. Do you really enjoy your hobby enough that you are willing to sacrifice hundreds of children every year? Do you care more about your guns than your kids?

If the answer is “no,” contact your representatives and tell them we need gun control now. If they do not listen to their constituents, vote them out! We want people in office who will protect us and listen to us.

I feel very disappointed that Bruce Poliquin cares too much about his NRA money to listen to us. We need to address gun violence. Strict gun legislation is the only way to do so. Stand behind students like myself. We are the future, and even if politicians such as Poliquin cannot or will not see what needs to be done, we do. I want my future to be one without gun violence, and I will do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

Finian Burns

Bass Harbor



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