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I’m 17 years old, I turn 18 next year, the same year in which I plan to rent and move into an apartment. Last year, I remember the MSD shooting, and I lived 8 minutes from Parkland. I couldn’t imagine it happening so close to home, initially I thought only 2 died due to the first reports, but upon hearing the official number of dead, I was devastated. How could someone do this? With the immense anger that surged days after, the students of Parkland demanded for better gun laws. Now because of them, and unfortunately Rick Scott still being governor, the age to purchase firearms had been raised to 21, the same age for owning handguns. But when I analyzed the information I obtained, the shooting could have been prevented. Cruz is 19, not 18. What about the other 18 year old gun owners in Florida? How come they aren’t shooting up schools? It’s obvious, they aren’t ill like Cruz was. So many reports on him were made to the police and even one report to the FBI, yet, they did NOT take the reports into consideration. Had they did, it could have ended up on his health record, and most likely prevented him from obtaining a AR-15. AR-15s are not assault rifles, because if they were, people wouldn’t be allowed to have them. And I know people will say “oh these kids shouldn’t be having these killing machines” well those so called “kids” are old enough to go to war and kill anyways. Even with the age raised, a school shooting could still be carried out. Remember Columbine? Yeah, some careless fools bought them guns so they could go kill people. The same could be done today, because there is a small number of people who could care less if they buy minors firearms. I have a girlfriend now, and when we move into our apartment, I want to have an effective mean of protecting us. So for those anti-gun or gun control measure advocates, how am I supposed to protect myself when someone breaks into our apartment, and the police are not fast enough to respond? When will we see that it is a mental health issue and not a gun problem? I’d like people from many sides to debate this, gun owners, conservatives, and left leaning people, including fellow students, what is your opinion?