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Students speak up
In the last week, two shootings occurred in the United States involving young children. In Nevada, a 12-year-old student shot and killed his teacher, and himself. He also fired at two other students who were rushed to the hospital. In Massachusetts, a 14-year-old student was charged with killing his math teacher after she was found dead in the woods. This week, The Chronicle asked students to voice their opinions on gun control.
“I really do think that gun control should be more enforced in America. Plenty of other countries have strict gun control and their crime rates are far lower than ours. We should try to make it more difficult to get guns, try to make sure we know exactly who has what and we shouldn’t allow normal citizens to own really power military guns.” -Jake Bjornberg, freshman, software engineering
“Guns shouldn’t be available to people other than cops and those in the military. Hunting is one thing because that is considered a sport and they are killing animals not people, but they should be locked up properly.” -Abby Waight, sophomore, psychology
“I don’t think that it is wrong for people to own guns, but I think there should be certain safety precautions and I definitely think people are getting their hands on guns in illegal ways that should be more patrolled.” -Megan Valentine, sophomore, mathematics
“Gun control is so out of control right now. People aren’t responsible for their guns. At such a young age, the last thing that should be on a kid’s mind is killing someone.” -John Barbaro, junior, marketing
“I think there needs to be something done about it. Obviously 14-year-olds shouldn’t be getting their hands on guns. Video games and things like that certainly don’t help. I don’t know what the answer is, but something has to be done.” -Lauren Beardsley, sophomore, nursing