Sec­ond Amend­ment re­mains as safe­guard

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - VIEWS FROM BOTH SIDES -

I am a sopho­more at River­wood In­ter­na­tional Char­ter High School in Sandy Springs. Ev­ery time some­one gets shot, it seems the news is all about “gun con­trol.” I do not be­lieve we need greater gun con­trol. I do think peo­ple’s back­grounds should be thor­oughly checked and a wait­ing period re­quired be­fore buy­ing a gun. Peo­ple who have a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal past or who are men­tally ill should not be al­lowed to buy a weapon.

What I’ve no­ticed is that most, if not all, shoot­ings are done by peo­ple who did not le­git­i­mately own their guns. Crooks will have guns no mat­ter what. It is im­por­tant to know how to use a gun and when you should use one. Our Con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees each cit­i­zen the right to bear arms. The Sec­ond Amend­ment was in­cluded to pro­tect cit­i­zens from abu­sive govern­ments. It is still an im­por­tant safe­guard. KEE­GAN TRACY BURKE, SANDY SPRINGS

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