Gun Control Essay

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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