Kids are pressing their idea of stricter gun control laws | U.S.

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My name is Dodge Martinson and I live in a small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m 14 years old and am in 8th grade. In my free time, I like to go to the gym and exercise. I also enjoy playing squash and golf. Next year, when I start high school, I hope to become involved in the robotics and speech and debate clubs. One current news topic that’s been on the minds of many kids my age is what to do about the increasing frequency of school shootings in America and the lack of preventive actions being taken by State Legislators and Congress. Kids are organizing protests and using social media to press their ideas of stricter gun control laws, such as moving the legal age to buy guns from 18 to 21 years and increasing the required background checks to buy guns. Opponents argue that restrictions on the right to buy guns is a violation of their civil rights, but kids are arguing that common sense change is needed. Since many politicians in America receive major financial support from a pro-gun organization called the NRA (National Rifle Association), changes in gun laws are being resisted by lawmakers. But kids are not giving up and we are hopeful that some changes may be forthcoming in the near future.

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