So yesterday, I woke up at 10 am after staying up late to watch Castaway. And when I glanced at my phone as I walked into the kitchen, I saw the CNN headline that said 50 people had died and 53 more were injured in a shooting at gay bar in Orlando, FL.

So I’m not going to go completely politico on you but I will share my stance on gun control. You see, when at least 13 of the deadliest mass shootings happen within your lifetime and when the President has had to make at least 10 speeches to acknowledge the loss of life in these mass shootings, something needs to give.

Now I live in Virginia, where there are plenty of diverging viewpoints concerning gun control. I’m not saying that we need to take guns away from the hands of the public. I think doing that would only spark more outrage and have something like Prohibition take place.  I think guns have their place in the hands of the public, especially when it comes to self-defense.

But I do think that the lack of gun control is causing these weapons to fall into the wrong hands.

I’m terrified of guns. I hate the recoil and the noise that comes with firing one. But as a young 20-something who is somewhat of target for some of the maliciousness that goes on in the world, I’m not exactly opposed to having one in order to defend and protect myself. Especially since I’m out on my own.

But I don’t think the public should have their hands on, say, military type guns. There is reason that any civilian would have any use for those types of guns.

Now I’m just a student. An IT student with little knowledge on guns or their statistics. But when I have to wonder in the back of my mind if I’m going to be affected by the next mass shooting, then again, changes need to be made.

Now I know gun control isn’t the only factor in the Orlando shooting. There’s also the matter of terrorism and the fact that members of the LGBT community were targeted. Neither of those make what happened OK.

And this event is especially heartbreaking because of who was targeted. Some of my really good friends are members of the LGBT community and they are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They’re the type of people who wouldn’t hurt a fly and to think that there are people out there who would do them harm, just because of their sexual orientation is just…I can’t even describe it.

After hearing about what happened yesterday, I decided to go ahead and request an absentee ballot for the election in November. Not only do I want to vote for the next President but I also want to vote people into office who can prevent these types of events from happening. And if you’re reading this, understand that you have a say and that you can elect people who can prevent another tragedy.