Guns used by the general public should not come attached with the labels "sniper" or "military." Whether for sport or display, the general public should not hold any type of military-style weaponry.
Gun enthusiasts tend to disagree with this proposal. They say, "Guns do not kill people. People kill people."
Unfortunately, military-style assault weapons are the quickest way to eliminate a large group of people outside the use of explosives, and no one sees the nation fighting over citizens' rights to bear hand grenades. Hand grenades are meant for military use just as equally as military-style assault weapons are.
The nation needs to come together to draw more awareness to guns and gun violence. Citizens with the proper training and experience need to educate others about the proper use of guns. Schools should offer programs that address mental instability and the triggers of violent behaviors.
Violent behaviors can be triggered through influences such as violent video games and movies. Children and young adults are especially vulnerable to such influences, and they should be limited in their exposure.
In most cases, mass-shooting gunmen have a mental instability such as depression or schizophrenia. If a greater percentage of the nation were educated about the triggers and mental disorders that cause violent behavior, it is possible more shootings could be prevented.
Common sense is the key factor in regulating gun violence. Gun owners need to take responsibility of their guns and keep them in secure places. Guns do not belong in the hands of children or individuals receiving, or in need of, psychiatric care.
Gun control raises many questions. This is not, and will not, be a simple fix. Banning military-style assault weapons and increasing awareness will not ultimately stop all violence, but there needs to be a first step towards a more peaceful nation that does not infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens.