New Zealand shoot­ing

The Tribune (SLO) - - Opinion -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent mas­sacre in New Zealand (“Bro­ken-hearted but not bro­ken”), I ap­plaud New Zealand’s de­sire to take ac­tion and solve this hor­ren­dous prob­lem. How­ever, the pro­posed cor­rec­tive ac­tions are mis­guided and will not solve the is­sue of mass shoot­ings.

I was raised around firearms and my fa­ther in­stilled in me at a young age that peo­ple can be harmed or even killed with guns, and that I need to be very care­ful with weapons and mindful of the power they com­mand.

Although an out­right ban on semi-au­to­matic weapons may sound log­i­cal, in­stead we should ad­vo­cate for a na­tion­wide sys­tem that keeps these types of weapons from the men­tally de­ranged. The prob­lem of mass shoot­ings is a very real one and needs to be ad­dressed. This is not a pro- or anti-gun po­lit­i­cal ar­gu­ment; all per­spec­tives and ideas need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion for a mean­ing­ful and use­ful con­sen­sus to be reached. – Wy­att St­inch­field, Paso Rob­les

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