It’s a cold winter day, there’s a bit of snow on the ground and you’re just popping into the store to grab a few necessities for the week to come. It is a normal thing for most people, to prepare for their week ahead on a lazy Sunday, but what is not so normal is to be greeted at the store by a person holding it up with a glock. The glock is a pisol, a series of semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges. Your normal Sunday, just turned into a day you will never forget, a good day turned bad in the blink of an eye. This type of event is something that is becoming all too common for more and more people in our society, and something that has gained national attention, with good reason. Articles and research alike have shown that gun control is something that is sweeping the nation. As you continue to read I’ll provide examples from credible sources such as Notre Dame, CBCA, Global News, SIRS Researcher as well as others all stating undeniable facts that this is a serious issue we need to face and face now. Guns, they are a problem, which is not the debate knocking on Congress’ door. How do we control them, who do we ban, and what do we ban? That is the question arising; that IS the debate constantly being battled day in and day out. President Obama wants to mandate what kinds of guns are available for purchase. According to an article published by the University of Notre Dame, Kevin Bradford, an employee at the University, stated “the focus should be on those who distribute guns, not solely on those who buy them” (NewsRx Science, 2013). Bradford and his team performed research to determine how guns move through the system to determine how guns move from those who sell them to the criminals who use them. They examined thousands and legal documents to perform their research. As law makers propose new gun control, Emerson College produced a survey showing “a universal background check on gun buyers are supported by 83% of respondents, and a ban on assault weapons are supported by 60% of the respondents. 58% of those polled favor a ban on magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition” (Mental Health Business Week, 2013). On January 30, 2013 Gabrielle Gifford, the former Arizona congresswoman faced off against the NRA; she said “you must act” (The National – CBC Television, 2013). She spoke of a 15 year old girl named Hadaia Pendleton, who was part of her school’s marching band and had performed at President Obama’s inauguration. On January 29th, 2013, in Chicago, she and several of her friends were shot at, and she was killed. For those of you who do not know who Mrs. Gifford is, she is the congress woman who was shot in the head in Arizona nearly two years ago, and is still today, pleading for stricter gun control while recovering from her wounds. Gabrielle, on Capitol Hill said “You must act. Be bold, be courageous, Americans are counting on you“(The National – CBC Television, 2013). No one is saying the resolution is simple, no one is saying it’s a one stop shop, but what they are saying is something has to be done, people are dying, children are dying and we have to do something about it. We have to make a change. One thing we can see from all the news reports and polls being received is that “lawmakers are gauging public support for a range of new restrictions” (Friesen, 2013). “Banning high capacity magazines and banning the sale of assault weapons, frankly, collectively all these together will create a system the best way to stop a bad guy from getting a gun in the first place is a good background check” (Friesen, 2013). “Gun laws, including the original one, the Second Amendment, have never been easy to pass, and they are rarely passed without controversy. The difference this time is that the massacre of 20 fire-graders in Newton, CT, was so heinous and so shocking that it shifted the conversation about guns – and did so right after a presidential campaign in which the topic of gun control
Gun control is a pretty controversial issue.
There are groups on both sides arguing why we
should or should not have rules when it comes
to gun regulation. When asked about it, most
people who own a gun have it to protect
themselves (67%), the next most popular reason
is for target shooting (66%), and the last is for
Gun control is a controversial issue
because there have been Increased…
February 21, 2013
America is known as the land of freedom. However, in present times some citizens feel that the new firearm legislation proposed by the President and his subordinates is stripping that very freedom from them. On the other hand there are many citizens that feel the new legislation will give citizens comfort and peace of mind.
In January 2013, President Barack Obama announced that there should be new gun laws in regards mainly to the horrific…
Katie Zurita Solis
18 December 2014
The United States of America has laws in place for ownership and control of
weapons such as guns. The Constitutions under The Second Amendment gives U.S
citizens the right to own and bear arms. Unfortunately, throughout the past decade the
United States has seen events in where its citizens have abused their right to bear arms.
Ownerships of weapons in America resulted in massive shootings in schools and malls…
May 11, 2013
Out of all modern states, the U.S. has the longest democratic tradition. Most democratic norms, freedoms and rules of functioning of political institutions have been enshrined by the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787. However, this continuity has not only positive consequences: the creators of the Constitution could not have foreseen how the situation in the domestic and foreign policy would change within centuries, that is why many provisions…
While researching gun control in America we are becoming more and more
stricter on our policies. Of course people have different viewpoint on the subjects.
It is definitely a subject that we need to take very serious. Gun control is a right that
every law-abiding citizen should have since our founding fathers made it our second
amendment for a reason.
The recent mass shooting such as the movie theatre in Colorado have made
people pro-gun control. In those…
and more importantly, a problem with guns.
Like every other good ol' boy, I am concerned about being the victim of a random shooting, but at the same time, I want to be able to take down a nice10-point buck during hunting season. Guns effect every one of us every day. They fill us with fear or they make us feel protected. My point is this: guns are a problem, but using gun control to abolish them isn't necessarily the best solution. In gun control I mean laws that keep firearms off the…
When gun control is discussed, the conversation tends to center around gun crimes rather than how guns affect abuse situations and suicide. Gun control should be a conversation that covers a wide variety of topics so the pros and cons of either opinion on the topic can be examined fairly and in depth. In 2010, 62% of all gun deaths were suicide. This makes suicide the leading death category for gun violence according to the executive director at SmartGunLaws.org, Robyn Thomas, who graduated with…
One of the most controversial topics in today’s society is the one on Gun control. Lee and Stingl states that “the term gun control as it is used in the United States refers to any action taken by the federal government or by state or local governments to regulate, through legislation, the sale, purchase, safety, and use of handguns and other types of firearms by individual citizens.” (Lee & Stingl, 2015, para 1). It is a matter that has been debated in the courts and on the streets, however, it…
our guns!? The simple answer? They’re not. Yes, the government is trying to increase the amount of laws and regulations regarding guns, however the issue is not as bad as some people make it sound. When the matter of gun control is carefully analyzed, looking at the constitution and what it says, the laws that already exist, and the actual firearms themselves, the reasons for our government's actions, as well as the effects of those actions can be seen in full. The main issue of gun control today…
the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to have firearms. Since this amendment is relatively vague, it is up for interpretation, and is often used by gun advocates to argue for lenient gun laws. Hence, gun control is a frequently discussed controversial topic in American politics. I believe this Amendment gives U.S citizens the right to own a firearm for safety and protection for themselves and their families. This and nine other…