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Gun Control: Is There A Solution?

Gun Control: Is There A Solution?

            This has been the most talked about worldwide issues for the past few months; it is a huge problem that leads to unbelievable amounts of devastation emotionally and sometimes physically. The reason it is so important is because these automatic assault rifles and other weapons of mass destruction, are so easy to come in possession of. And as we’ve seen, the results of these shootings are catastrophic.

My first thoughts on gun control is that I am for it, but when I take a step back and think about it, this is a very tough topic to tackle.  There are people who love assault rifles and who enjoy for certain reasons, but are legitimate buyers who use them for show or whatever they are intended for. And then there are people who use them to harm, kill, and devastate. The problem is that there is no eliminating these weapons; people will always find a way to get their hands on one. And doing background checks will only increase the number of aiding and embedding crimes to come in possession of these guns. And making them totally illegal will make the black market thrive more than it already is. Making them totally legal for anyone over a certain age would lead to even more of these shootings.

gun control            Another idea was to increase the amount of security at schools by putting armed police officers at the entrance. My thoughts on this are, yes, it would increase safety or feeling of safety, but our children would see an armed officer everyday and possibly a shooting every once in a while. Teachers having guns was talked about as well, I’m not sure its the best idea to arm schoolteachers whom students look up to one way or another. This would teach kids to feel the need to protect themselves with firearms themselves and so on and so forth.

Before talking about it in class, I was totally against guns and I felt the need for gun control, but the more I think, there is really nothing that could work. Doing research and talking about it has helped me understand the level of difficulty that is attached to this issue. The main reason it is so controversial and important to tackle now is that this concerns the generation to come as well; they will become more and more popular in the years to come. I believe with the legalization of marijuana that law enforcement will have to focus and automatic weapons and less on drugs. This may be a good or bad thing but it is definitely a factor.

Personally, I am not a gun person, but I have a lot of respect for people that use guns for sport. I think buying a rifle for hunting is totally different than an AK-47 for “protection”.  Another thing I don’t understand is the phrase; “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. The prime example of this is that on the same day that the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary, a man in China did the exact same thing with a knife. He stormed into an elementary school, and was detained shortly after with no injuries to any children. It was basically the exact same situation, but since the man was armed only with a knife, no physical harm was done.

To conclude, gun control is very hard to overcome and find a solution for. There is nothing that will please both parties as in pro-gun and con-gun. But background checks are starting to happen already and law enforcement is cracking down on possession, aiding and embedding, and dealing these weapons. But this will not be enough to stop the outbreak, and to my understanding and thinking, nothing will.

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  1. govconnorh
    February 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    There are a few suggestions I have for you. First, take out the title in the post itself because you already have it on the major article title. Also it is a good idea to make sure you have a standing antecedent before using pronouns such as “this” and “that” (first sentence). I also would like to point out that A) you don’t have an article for analysis, B) you might want to integrate your picture to the left or right of the text so there isn’t a large gap and C) I think you might have posted this into the wrong section. (i found this is my class B1). Overall I think you have a valid argument, just remember you are writing for a public audience and they might not get all of your references to class (I too had that problem). I think you did a good job of remaining impartial, even though your opinion was clear. Just remember to check back to the grading rubric.

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