By Sabrina Beguiristain, Senior
Dear Florida Senator,
I’m not only addressing those who have government power but anybody who is willing to read this.
On June 26, 1934, the first policy concerning national gun control was initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt. It was part of his “New Deal for Crime” program, and it was called The National Firearms Act (NFA). This legislation was passed to tax firearms to decrease gang activity. So this was the fundamental beginning of passing gun control legislation. However, since then we view gun control as a fundamental struggle.
The lack of gun control lingers heavily in our states, which only reveals the unprogressive nature of our government when it comes down to gun control. And if U.S. history cannot convince you of the lack of policies we have enacted on serious issues such as this, then how about the losses? This year alone, there has been 18 school shootings. EIGHTEEN. Our schools shouldn’t be feared as a violent and unsafe place; our schools should be a place of limitless dreams and wellsprings of knowledge.
The wealthiest prize we gain in this world is our knowledge! So my question for you, reader, is this: How much longer? How much longer do we need to passively watch lives get lost? How much longer till every student is feared of the one place that might give them a sense of hope for the future? How much longer?
As a student, I’m standing with my peers, and we have had #Enough lives taken. Instead of reprimanding our ideas