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April 6, 2013

Teenhood Today: Responsibility is at heart of gun debate


Now, I’m not saying that guns are as great of a thing as fire. Believe me, on cold winter days nothing beats sitting by the wood stove with a cup of hot chocolate, but I am saying that if we were to outlaw anything that was a potential threat, humanity would not be as advanced as we are today. 

People who are fans of the gun laws usually play the school shootings card next. And believe me, that almost stops me in my tracks. Not because it’s a valid point for why guns should be illegal, but because it sickens and saddens me that someone would be able to cause that much pain. On days that we learn of these tragedies, the world stands still and everyone mourns the loss. Including me. I can’t stand the thought of innocent people dying. I just can’t. I break down in tears. People always blame two things in those instances, though. The person and the weapon. But which of those made the conscious decision to murder? 

What it really boils down to is responsibility. So many people use weapons, such as guns, responsibly. Why should the many responsible ones be punished for the extreme irresponsibility of the few?

Miriam A. Thurber is a sophomore at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at




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