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With mass shooters, gun control won't help

Tina Frost, Arundel native and Las Vegas shooting victim, continues to make recovery progress at John’s Hopkins Hospital.

As a Las Vegas native, I am truly sickened by the terrorist attack at the Route 91 Country Music Festival (“After Las Vegas, don't tell Americans gun control is off the table,” Oct. 2). I attend Colorado University Boulder, and when I woke on the morning of Oct. 2 to hear about the shooting, I immediately called and texted all my close family and friends to make sure nobody had been hurt, or worse. All of my people were fine, but I know many Vegas families who have been greatly affected.

Along with being a Las Vegan, I am also a fan of the news, both watched and read, and I knew what every network’s favorite topic would be for the next couple weeks: gun control. Gun control really does seem like a fantastic solution to the problem of mass killings. Take away all of the guns and nobody will have anything to shoot anybody with. It sounds great, but there are a few problems with withdrawing guns from society. First, since the invention of guns, anybody who owns one has had the option to kill a bunch of people if they choose. You cannot take the crazy out of people. Second, the reason why we have the constitutional right to bear arms in the first place is so that in the case that our government turns tyrannical, or that a foreign force invades American soil, the citizens of the United States can form a militia to stand up to said threats — just as the founding fathers of this country did when the British government turned oppressive in the 18th century.

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Since the bow and arrow, any person with the intent to kill could kill. If it isn't guns, then it's bombs or planes. Taking guns away limits the options for mass killing, I agree, but anybody who is hellbent on killing people is not going to throw away all plans of destruction because guns turn illegal. Giving up our right to bear arms really only puts us under a regime. The reason America is so special is because if we don't like the way things are going in this country, we change it and sometimes it requires force and violence. With Donald Trump as president, and with the current state of the union, many people make jokes about the government turning tyrannical. But jokes aside, if a time like that were to come and we didn't have any way to form a militia in rebellion, then we would already have lost our American identity.

People often refer to the United Kingdom or Australia to prove that gun control is effective. The statistics do show that the enforcement of gun laws lowers the number of deaths by guns (which is hardly shocking), but do the people of the UK not still live in ever constant fear of terrorist attacks? Terrorist attacks that come in the form of bombings or mowing people down with cars? There is a heavy ISIS population in Europe and if one day they decided to militarize against the citizens of the UK, these people would have absolutely zero way to defend themselves. They would have to put all of their trust into their government to protect them. They essentially have to completely hand over their power and well-being during an invasion to their government officials who we know are often times less than capable of handling such ordeals.

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Threats against America now are much different than they used to be. Aside from North Korea and a few others, most threats toward America originate from Islamic extremists. They don't wear uniforms like soldiers, they blend in, acting as civilians for years on end. The illegality of guns makes no difference to terrorists. They will either find guns somewhere illegally or simply use other methods of mass destruction. These people kill in the name of their god and are not afraid to die. They believe their deaths will be rewarded over and over again when they arrive in heaven. These people are in our midst and we want to knowingly take away guns from our civilians? This country was built on the ability to defend our liberties, even if that requires violence.The fetishization of guns originates in the cinema and music of American culture. Mass killings are an issue but homicide rates in the U.S. are the biggest issue that gun control would try to address. People like to hear music about people getting shot and they most certainly love to see it in movies. This promotes real violence in the streets. If a culture becomes obsessed with guns, then people are going to continue to die and terrorist attacks aren't the only threat.

Taking legal guns away from good, law-abiding citizens is like clearing the way for criminals in this country to do whatever they want. With this all being said, it seems clear to me that gun control may solve some issues but it brings on many others and the risks and drawbacks of taking away the right to bear arms far outweigh the benefits to me. Guns are made to use for protection and are not the only weapon used by terrorists. You cannot take the crazy out of the world, so honestly, you might as well be able to protect against it.

Bennett Higgins, Boulder, Colo.

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