The recent fatal shootings of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward near Roanoke, Virginia on Aug. 26 renewed the cry for stricter gun control laws. Unfortunately, those cries tend to fade with time only to resurface following the next inevitable tragedy. Has there been any drastic change in gun control laws since the Sandy Hook school shooting on Dec. 14, 2012? No. I am a staunch believer that gun control laws must be tightened to prevent further tragedies. We currently live in a country where gun control has become a political tug of war, with a dramatic increase in the number of Republicans opposed to stricter laws since the Obama administration came into power.