Reducing Gun Violence by David of Franklin

Hello, my name is David Stumpfl, and I am a recent college graduate of UNC-Asheville. In my short 21 years I have experienced a lot, perhaps even more than some of my peers. However, I fear that I have already seen enough violence for a lifetime through the ample amounts of news coverage of school shootings.

It seems as though school shootings have become commonplace in American culture. Just this past month alone, there have been five schools traumatized by violence (not to mention numerous other shootings, including the Las Vegas strip shooting that resulted in two police officers being killed). I still remember how only weeks ago, a mourning father whose son attended the University of California at Santa Barbara said “Not one more!” in the wake of what can only be described as a tragedy. Already we have failed to meet that demand.

We cannot allow this rising trend to continue. We cannot sit idly by and watch as more of our students, friends, and children are placed under threat. We cannot do nothing. We are at the boiling point, where finally so many Americans are united behind the idea of common sense gun control and background checks. Together people like you and I can make the difference that this country needs.

Submitted to: Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel, Murfreesboro MTSU Newspaper, Organizing for Action – Tennessee Blog
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