As heartbreaking as it is to say, on Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old former student of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida entered his alma mater and proceeded to murder 17 people, many of whom were innocent teenage students. As with previous massacres, several questions and hypotheses have come up surrounding the shooter, with particular emphasis on his deranged motives to carry out the shooting, how the community can heal from such a harrowing tragedy and most importantly, how to prevent this from happening once more.
 
On the subject of prevention, everyone on both sides of the political aisle appear to hold their own opinions and strategies on how to stop these horrifying tragedies involving firearms and mass murders — particularly in an academic institution. The strategies put forth range from voting out politicians who openly support the National Rifle Association, to higher regulations on high-powered assault rifles like the AR-15, enforcing stronger federally mandated background checks to purchase firearms, and closing the gun show loophole — a law which states that gun sellers who are selling from their own private collection do not need to conduct background checks or keep records of their sales.
 
After a tragedy such as this, there are many prospective gun control avenues in terms of preventative measures that the American people can take. In politics and lawmaking in the “Land of the Free”, a politician’s motives more often than not, correlate directly with which corporations or lobbying groups are offering their campaigns “kickbacks” or “donations” to sway the laws in their favor — this approach is otherwise known as bribery.   
 
Fortune reports that there are many well known politicians whose campaigns have benefited heavily from the corporations like the National Rifle Association (NRA). With politicians like Arizona senator John McCain and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner who are on the NRA payroll, the public may begin to vote against them, particularly if they refuse to create stronger gun laws.
 

An image of an AR 15 rifle, one of the guns notoriously used in mass shootings in America

AR-15 rifle, a weapon notoriously popular in deadly shootings across America

Additionally, if a complete ban on AR-15 rifles is not possible, then a ban on accessories that make weapons more powerful should be considered viable. A bump stock is a mechanism capable of lessening the recoil on semi-automatic weapons, and essentially turning them into a fully automatic rifle. According to ABC News, this device was used by the shooter in the massacre that occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, which killed 59 festival goers. While states such as Massachusetts have enacted bump stock bans, a more nationwide ban could be a hopeful outcome.
 
As for the number of firearms one may own, there’s an apparent trend amongst the individuals who perpetrate these shootings, owning a high number of firearms. For example, the Las Vegas massacre shooter purchased 55 different firearms in the year leading up to the shooting. As for the shooter at Stoneman Douglas High School, he had 10 firearms. If you live in Liberty City or a Walking Dead-like zombie invasion is imminent, then that collection of firearms might be necessary. However, in our society today, those situations will likely not happen, particularly given that Liberty City is a fictional city from the “Grand Theft Auto” games and The Walking Dead is a fictional show. A possible ban on the number of guns one may have, is likely necessary for America today.
 
The debate over the Second Amendment and firearms is a complex and a divisive one. Various politicians will take different sides on the matter, but through it all, majority of the country hope that differences can be put aside for a much safer gun policy to be constructed.      
 

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