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Guns still not okay

Joey Aguirre, Sports Editor
March 1, 2013

I’m the sports editor, so I’m going to stick to what I know and talk about sports.
Indian Hills Community College, a community college in Ottumwa, about an hour outside of Des Moines, is known as a basketball hotbed for Division I schools. Most recently, Dwight Hardy, an alumnus of Indian Hills, was named one of 20 finalists for the Wooden Award in 2011.

Hardy then went to play for St. Johns University in New York after his two years at Indian Hills were up.

His name was Michael Haynes; a 6’7’’ guard and one of five players on the Indian Hills roster to sign with a four-year school to continue their basketball careers. Haynes, who was from Chicago, had signed with Iona College in New York and had attended the University of Texas at El Paso before going to Indian Hills.

Haynes never reached Iona College, he was shot and killed trying to break up a fight over a necklace. He was 22 years old.

He was yet another victim of gun violence. If I may, let me venture outside of my comfort zone to talk about guns. I know a lot about sports, but not a lot about guns, so humor me for a moment.

Remember a few weeks ago when I said that the gun control laws need to be increased, to the point where guns are only in the hands of our military, to prevent incidents such as the one described above from happening, again? These stories are becoming way too popular for the media to cover. This story is even better; the poor kid was trying to break up a fight and got murdered. He’s trying to do the right thing and dies because of it, why?
Because some irresponsible human had the right to carry a firearm.

What’s it going to take for someone to finally put a stop to this? Should we stop making guns available to American citizens? I know all you hunters are saying that your gun has never killed anybody sitting in the back of your truck, and I realize that. What you need to realize is our country continues to let weapons get in the hands of people who don’t deserve them.

A small group of people ruined it for everyone, sucks to suck.

Imagine this, you are going to Wells Fargo Arena to watch the state wrestling or basketball tournaments and a fight breaks out while you are approaching the arena. You know one of the guys in the fight and pull him back. As mad as that guy is, he reaches in his jeans and pulls out a handgun, turns around and fires it at you.

Whoops, sorry, I shot you in the forehead.

I’m just saying, we, as Americans, aren’t responsible enough to handle firearms anymore. The writing is on the wall, just get rid of them and make this place safer. It’s only a matter of time before this story happens to someone you or I know.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather read about something different.

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