- - Sunday, February 25, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I’m 19 years old and strongly disagree with the current student gun-control movement. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting last week that took 17 lives, there have been many young students who have made their voices heard on the issue of gun control, specifically the ban on AR-15 rifles. As well-intentioned as these students may be, I think they are making a huge mistake pushing for more gun control. Unfortunately, anyone who expresses an opposing opinion is typically branded “insensitive” by the media.

The main problem in using emotional arguments is the fact that such arguments often overlook the truth, and the truth is something we cannot allow emotion to pervert. These are misguided kids looking for a solution, and they are being told by the political left that the only way for them to be safe is to restrict one of their most important civil liberties, the right to bear arms.

Many of these kids aren’t even of age to own a rifle and exercise this right — yet they are telling us to hand them the moral authority to take away that right from everyone who wants to practice and enjoy it. The students should heed the words of Benjamin Franklin, who said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

DAWSON WEINHOLD

Woodbridge, Va.

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