University of Michigan student and Central Student Government representative Easy access to firearms and the accompanying violence has taken a terrible toll on America. On December 2, our nation faced yet another senseless mass shooting when two assailants gunned down 14 people and injured another 17 at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. This marks the second shooting in the last few weeks: just after Thanksgiving, a lone gunman killed 3 people and injured another 9 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. We must end these incidents of mass violence.
No one should have to live in terror, knowing that a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle could walk into any public place and kill dozens. A July 2015 Pew Study showed that 48% and 70% of adults identifying as Republicans or Democrats, respectively, were in favor of a ban on assault weapons. Now is the time for our public officials to take action. Without enacting stronger policies on background checks for all gun purchases and instituting a mandatory waiting period, how can we expect to feel safer in our communities and end these tragedies?
While opinion polls indicate broad support for governmental regulation on firearms, state legislatures and Congress have all too often been hesitant to enact much-needed gun safety legislation. No community or segment of society is safe from gun violence. Join us in urging President Obama, Members of Congress, and every citizen to take direct and unequivocal action to stop the outrageous and unacceptable violence that is destroying the fabric of our society.