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General public shouldn't have assault rifles

I’m not against guns. I’m a gun owner. I’m against assault-type weapons made available to the general public.

The following is a list of people whose lives have been changed forever because of the AR-15 assault rifle:

• Columbine High School, Colo. (1999): 13 killed, 21 wounded

• Virginia Tech (2007): 32 killed, 17 wounded

• San Bernardino, Calif. (2015): 14 killed, 24 wounded

• Sandy Hook Elementary School (2012): 20 children and six adults killed

• Orlando nightclub (2016): 49 killed, 58 wounded

• Las Vegas (October 2017): 58 killed, 422 wounded

• Southerland Springs church, Texas (November 2017): 26 killed, 20 wounded

• Stoneman Douglass High School, Florida (Feb. 14): 17 killed, 14 wounded

• A 9-year-old girl at a shooting range fired an AR-15 rifle and killed an instructor (Arizona, 2014).

Total killed, 236. Total wounded, 576.

Shootings at San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Southerland Springs were done by people over 21 years old. The others done by people that had access to families’ guns.

You can change the age to 21 years to buy guns and that may slow down the purchase, but as long as these types of guns are available, you are going to have mass shootings.

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