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Gun Control: Something Needs to Happen

Throughout the time we have spent studying United States politics there has been one topic that I have constantly been following, that topic being gun control. After the Aurora, Colorado shooting in July, 2012 gun control has been at the epicenter of all things political. Gun control has always been such a sensitive subject to the United States due to the many times in its history where there have been mass shootings. But very recently it seems that the attention of both the media, the citizens, and the government has been on gun control and the many recent shootings. In the papers or on the internet we read about all sorts of gun laws trying to be passed in different states and cities, and when we don’t read about those its because another incident has occurred. Whether the Sikh Temple shooting, Newtown or any other of the 21 plus other shootings that have happened in 2012-2013 alone. And in the end for the politicians and the citizens it all comes back to what can we do. For the leaders of our country it seems to not be about who has the guns, but instead what guns and equipment they have. The single most important gun related debate at this time in my opinion is the possible reinstating of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

The controversial topic being considered by Congress is the possible reinstatement of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban or the AWD for short. This ban on semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns has already been in effect before from 1994 to 2004. It ended in September of 2004 and has not been renewed since. This ban was only on specifically named weapons (stated within the text of the law) or any of those three classes of weapons with two or more military styled cosmetic features. These features include folding stock, grip, bayonet, and both flash and sound suppressors. Added on to the bill this time is also the banning of gun magazines that hold in excess of 10 rounds. For the second time the writer of the origonal  bill Dianne Feinstein is trying to get Codianne-feinstein-assault-weapons-press-conferencengress to again pass this bill making weapons such as AR-15’s, which were used by multiple shooters in mass killing recently, and other military type assault weapons completely illegal.

However, gun advocacy groups such as the NRA as well as the many pro-gun members of both the House and Senate have spoken out against the ban and have gone so far as saying that its unconstitutional and goes against the second amendment. However, they do say that they will consider a magazine limiting law that cuts down on the amount of ammunition someone can carry. Senator of Connecticut Christopher Murphey has been about as involved as anyone could be since the recent shooting in his home state, he has said, “We do know that historically in these instances, amateurs have trouble switching magazines,” referring to the high-capacity ammunition feeding device used by Mr. Lanza, Newton shooter, and others to shoot put out more ammunition  “I believe, and many of the parents there believe, that if Lanza had to switch cartridges nine times versus two times there would likely still be little boys and girls alive in Newtown today.”(article) Senator Murphey as well as many other gun advocates agree that magazine limitations is most likely the best way to cut down on unnecessary gun violence and deaths.

Hopefully before another large scale shooting occurs and more innocent people get hurt or killed the two separate sides of this argument can meet somewhere in the middle and better the gun policies and control in the United States. Whether that means banning all military assault style weapons or just limiting the amount of ammunition allowed in a single magazine for the guns, something needs to happen so this unnecessary violence can stop.

 

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  1. govchandlern
    February 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I really like your stance. You might want to make a connection back to the government class, that could definitely support your actual reflection. I like the pictures!

  2. wills13
    February 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Nice Post! I really like how you were very descriptive.

  3. govjamieq
    February 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Great post. I think your ideas are stated clearly and I can follow your point of view easily.

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