This month, the Marshfield Mariner is featuring editorial pieces written by AP English students and submitted as part of a class requirement. As always, we welcome submissions and letters to the editor from writers of all ages (and from those not receiving course credit!) at marshfield@wickedlocal.com.

Many have different ways of interpreting the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Some say that only the members of the militia have the right to bear arms, while others suggest every U.S. citizen has the right to own and carry a gun. No matter the interpretation of the amendment, there have to be limitations on civilians looking to acquire guns.

In some states, the legal age to buy and carry a gun is 18. However, according to NPR Inc., our brains aren’t fully developed until around the age of 25 (Brain Maturity). Giving a gun to someone whose brain is not fully matured and is much more impulsive with their actions is illogical.

There is no reason why an 18-year-old with an undeveloped brain should be trusted to use a firearm responsibly. The age for an adult to legally purchase a gun should be much higher than 18 and closer to 25.

Furthermore, in order to increase the safety behind purchasing a gun, it needs to be harder to get a personal gun. According to the Gun Violence Archive, since the beginning of 2019, there have been 265 mass shootings in America, which lead to a total of 8,787 casualties.

This number will only continue to climb unless there is a major change regarding the issuing of guns.

To make our communities safer, there needs to be action taken to improve the way one would purchase a gun. Statistics shown by Giffords Law Center states, 40 percent of guns that are purchased in the United States are bought from sellers who are not compelled by federal law to perform any background checks.

With this, guns can easily be put into the hands of the wrong people, vastly increasing the risk of mass shootings, suicides, and homicides. If every gun store did require in-depth background checks, then the rate of deaths due to guns would decrease.

These issues regarding gun control need to be solved, and they need to be solved fast. Nothing will change until the government and the states understand its importance in creating a safer country.

As a nation, it is vital that we continue to protest to prevent more innocent lives lost to guns.