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should be able to just wallop on down to the neighborhood gun store and purchase one. It seems to me that the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act had/has good intentions—it was instituted to reduce the number of felons and mentally-ill people from getting their hands on a gun and later shooting people like you and I. The federal government was absolutely correct to enact such a law; even if it saves only one life in the process, it was definitely worth it. The problem with the law (or any gun law) is that it doesn’t alleviate the problem which is that people are abusing their second amendment right to own and gun and consequentially to murder innocent people. The purpose of the second amendment right to own a gun is to be prepared and equipped if the need to overthrow the government arises; however, this is probably never going to happen. I’m guessing that the majority of people choose to own a gun for hunting or security purposes which I guess I can understand, but it’s clear that ownership of a gun has morphed into an entirely twisted purpose to some individuals—to cause as much hurt and pain as possible for sadistic reasons. I think it’s ridiculous that people are more concerned about protecting themselves from the extreme remote possibility of being attacked or robbed or whatever than to prevent crazy, psychotic individuals from murdering innocent people. For example, even a mass murder of innocent children did not change many people’s views on this matter. The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting was done by a twenty year old kid, thought to have a mental disorder, who stole his mother’s rifle and consequentially shot not only his own mother but also twenty-eight other people, many of whom were first and second grade students. The question that arose when I heard of this tragedy was, “Why in the world does someone need (or is allowed to have) a rifle that could do so much damage and kill so easily?” The Brady Bill didn’t prevent her from buying one and consequentially her son from using it. There is a massive difference between owning a small handgun and owning an automatic rifle; the difference, in this case, could have saved thirty innocent lives. I understand that people believe in the unalienable right to own a gun, but is it really necessary to own such a deadly weapon? I think about all the accidents that have incurred because of such ownership, and it baffles me why something hasn’t been done. Just recently on August 7th, a 13 year old boy was accidently shot by his younger sibling who didn’t know his father’s gun was loaded. The negligence of his parents caused an innocent boy to be murdered by his own sibling. How can anyone recover from that? I think that the Brady Bill should be rewritten and revised to make it much harder to obtain a gun; this could be done by outlawing certain ridiculously dangerous guns or taking much deeper background checks. I know that my wishes are futile, though. People want their guns, and there’s not much I (or anyone) can do about that. But for all those innocent lives at Sandy Hook or Virginia Tech University or Aurora, Colorado, I’m still hoping that maybe eventually something will change.