How does the SAS community feel about gun laws in the U.S.?

As a result of the recent Oregon shooting in early October when a student killed nine people, students and teachers have expressed their opinions on gun laws in America. The shootings have impacted the SAS community by changing their views on gun laws in the United States.

Emile Morin, sophomore


“After every shooting, I think it’s just ridiculous that nothing has changed about gun laws. It’s still so easy to get guns and there are no regulations on them. Because of this, the shootings will keep happening because there is no control.”

Jack King, sophomore


“I think that gun laws should be stricter, I don’t think that guns should be completely prohibited. I do think they should be harder to obtain and they should be smaller, so there should only be personal defense guns.”

Iara Al Schamma, freshmanDSC_0238

“Based off of all the problems in the United States, like school shootings alone, I don’t think guns should be legal. They should not be open to the public, just because that leaves a lot of threat within the society. I think they should tighten their grip on gun laws, even though people would still have the capability to shoot. But it’s hard to say whether guns shouldn’t be accessible at all.”

Nakul Sharma, freshmanDSC_0239

“I’m not American, so wherever I’ve been, there has always been control on guns. Guns are a dangerous weapon and I think the argument that Americans make that guns protect people is sort of not true because if people want to be protected, they should trust their police and military, they shouldn’t take their safety in their own hands because that’s when problems are created. The fact that people have access to military high-grade weapons is just going to create a huge issue. I think gun control is necessary, and because it has worked everywhere else. In Australia there used to be no gun control, but they made laws and there is less violence, so I think gun control is necessary for America.”

Devin Kay, Social Studies teacherDSC_0241

“I am totally confused. I have no idea what guns are allowed, what background checks are out there. I think there’s a lot of misinformation, and even as I look through news stories, I don’t know what the facts are. I don’t know who can get a gun, who cannot get a gun, what type of gun, how many guns. I don’t know that information anymore. It’s so clouded with this debate that I’m confused. That’s really my opinion. Do I think people should be able to have guns? Yeah, I think that’s okay. I think people have a right to defend themselves. I grew up in Wisconsin, so people hunt, so I think hunting is okay. But should people be able to gather an arsenal? You can have one gun for home protection. You can have rifles if you’re a deer hunter or something. But an arsenal of more than a fair number of guns? I think people just go to their corners, and say I’m going to keep my guns, and another corner where people want to get rid of their guns, and nobody is talking to each other about what is fair and reasonable.”

Jackie Osborn, English teacherDSC_0242

“I grew up in Iowa, and there’s a big hunting culture there so from a very young age I was around guns. My dad still owns many guns and they’re in my family home. I’ve taken gun safety courses because I was around guns. However, that has not impacted my belief in the need for the U.S. to have much stricter gun laws, most recently with the school shootings, specifically with just recently Oregon. I think now more than ever, it’s crucial that the United States address the fact that their gun laws are pretty much nonexistent. I think looking at the rest of the world really highlights and emphasizes the fact that we are the only developed country that is still dealing with mass killings of this size, and it is because of our free access to guns in my opinion. So yes, I believe that the U.S. needs to seriously reconsider guns.”

Author: Diya Navlakha

Diya Navlakha is a junior in her tenth year at SAS. This is her second year as a part of The Eye. While originally from India, Diya spent her childhood in New York City and Singapore. A few of her hobbies include watching "Friends", baking, and spending time with friends and family. She can be contacted at

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