Jerron Steele: Why would you need an assault rifle? |

Jerron Steele: Why would you need an assault rifle?

The topic of gun laws is a very controversial one at this point in American history. Since the Columbine school shooting in 1999, there have been over 30 shootings in the United States, each leaving communities and families broken. Most of the time when we hear of these massacres we pull together as a nation. But this is also where the nation is torn apart.

Many will say the shooter is at fault, which is fact. Others say this happened because of the guns, which many try to defend. Guns are a factor in these shootings any way you look at it. At what point, after Sandy Hook when 20 children died, did we decide to allow this to continue?

Many say they need guns for protection, but why would you need an assault rifle to do that? I am on both ends of this debate. Guns can protect people and there are plenty of instances with which guns have saved lives. The only guns that should serve a purpose in one’s life are handguns, shotguns, and rifles for protection and hunting. I know I would feel safer knowing that people could not possess weapons used in warfare.

Jerron Steele

Grass Valley

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