OPINION: Idaho needs Gun Reformation

OPINION: Idaho needs Gun Reformation

Stop gun violence sign at Washington D.C protest | Unsplash | Courtesy Gun violence has never felt closer to home than it does now. On Monday the 25 th , a shooting occurred in the Boise Mall. Two victims died and four were injured—the suspect died in the hospital the following day. By all accounts, this the first mass shooting that I’m fully aware of in Boise. I was born and raised in Boise. I went to that mall probably almost every week in high school. Whether I’d be shopping for the upcoming school year or going to the food court after class, I knew most of its twist and turns like the back of my hand. And truthfully, I never felt unsafe there. Blame it on my invincible youth complex or my innocent arrogance, the thought of anything like this happening seemed inconceivable. When I picture myself in that mall and what I would I do if heard echoes of gunfire, I nearly shudder. It’s no secret that gun violence in America is a leading issue of high debate. Mass shootings happen nearly weekly—it was ingrained in my head that this is completely normal. But now, since it happened so close to home, I feel differently. Idaho is one the least progressive states when it comes to almost anything, but especially so regarding gun reform. We are one of the only states that do not require a permit to buy a rifle, handgun or shotgun as well as […]

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