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Tristan Batiste, Writer ; Photographer

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The Second Amendment grants the right for American citizens to bear arms.

In modern day America, in order to be able to purchase and own a gun, one must get a background check, and also, in some states it is required to be fingerprinted by a law enforcement agency. Additionally, other states require a gun safety class as well.

With the mass of shooting tragedies striking the United States, many have called for stricter gun safety laws to be put into place.

Since 2013, there have been approximately 290 school shootings according to the website Every Town. The solution to the problem of school shootings has been debated for years, most notably beginning after the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut left 20 students dead as well as six staff members.

This week, after a shooting in a high school located in Parkland, Florida, left 17 more dead.

The talk of the nation has been on this topic for the whole week, and many feel like nothing is being done to help enforce stricter gun laws to prevent tragedies like this from happening. Every time a mass shooting happens, politicians post their grievances on social media, say there will be change, and then nothing happens.

After over 290 shootings, it’s time for change.

There is no reason that the United States should be having these problems anymore. There are ways to enact laws and policies to prevent this from happening.

Democrats have attempted to pass 30 pieces of legislation during the last year, and only four have received GOP sponsorship. It seems like the issue isn’t the main focus of the government, despite the amount of support and change the American people are constantly promised after these tragedies happen.

Let’s take the issue of the bump stock.

For those who don’t know, it is illegal to have a fully automatic weapon in the United States. Ironically, it isn’t illegal to purchase a bump stock, an attachment that can make a weapon fully automatic. This attachment was used in the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, where the culprit Stephen Paddock was able to fire over 1000 bullets into a crowd in the Las Vegas Strip, resulting in the deaths of 58 people and injuring 851.

The solution seems very obvious, banning bump stocks and being more strict on the means of obtaining a gun.

Yet, why has nothing happened?

Gun safety laws have taken a backseat to tax reform, health care, and other factors that have been prominent in United States politics today. If this issue hasn’t been a priority over the last few years, the time is now, as the number of deaths because of gun related violence continues to skyrocket.

Our government must find a way to compromise and find a way to effectively regulate guns.