Jan. 9th, 2011

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But could we possibly do away with the handguns and pistols and assault rifles? Unless you're hunting for food or sport, in designated areas, why the fuck does anyone need to own a gun? Why are people allowed to own a pistol or shotgun or AK47? I'd love to know.

I am devastated that a little girl and five others are dead, a congresswoman and thirteen others clinging to life, because someone who was deemed too unstable to join the military or attend community college was apparently stable enough to purchase and carry a gun. He brought it into his school and actually caused fellow students to fear for their lives.

Discussions of political violent rhetoric aside, the question of why people are able to purchase guns and carry them, concealed, is paramount. I know the issue intimately; in 2006, a man walked into a college in my city and opened fire on the students. An 18 year-old woman was shot and killed because she went to class that day, a woman some of my friends went to school with and knew well. The murderer used a semi-automatic weapon to injure 19 other people before turning the gun on himself. It was later discovered he owned not one but several guns.

Why did he have access to assault rifles and shotguns? That's a good fucking question!

We need to rid of the guns. When we see for ourselves the damage they inflict on people, on entire cities of people, on an entire nation, we must call for action together. It starts with changing the system so that one cannot simply walk into a Wal-Mart and buy a gun and bullets with little to no background check. It starts with asking why people want and/or need guns in the first place. Why do people feel so unsafe?

We are essentially handing people the tools to hurt others. It's fucked up. It's completely ludicrous, and something needs to be done about it!

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