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Gun Control or Gun Prohibition?

In the past few months America has seen several events of major reactions to the horror of Newtown. These reactions have been of pessimism, fear, and mainly disgust. As Obi-One Kenobi said, “Don’t give into hate; that leads to the dark side.” If you look at many of these protests, many of them have been irrational and led by an emotional and instinctive drive. Gun Control is something that has to be fixed, but let’s be rational and not get carried away. The American public needs to step back and take a deep breath before we approach this problem so we do something we won’t regret. If you take a look at the safety measures implemented in our schools, they are completely ridiculous. They have criminalized several forms of normal, childish play that have no potential threat to the schools whatsoever.

In order for us to effectively address the problem of lack of gun control, we need to control our approach to it first. Naturally, with Newtown being in an Elementary school, our first reaction was to take place in school safety. We have talked of extra security and arming teachers, but the policy that has been put in place seems to be the silliest of them all: get all guns out of school completely. Now they’re not talking about an actual, deadly gun. They have included anything that looks or is remotely used like a gun. Kids have been suspended for running around in recess shooting a gun made from their hand, a gun out of Legos, even for a Hello Kitty Bubble gun that had a range of eighteen inches.

These instances have brought a firestorm of a response. Parents have reacted very passionately, bringing embarrassment to both the schools and to any potential lawmaker who proposes gun control laws based on pure emotions. If we are to make a real, lasting, and effective change to gun control then we need to make rational decision on which law we pass. Both anti-guns and gun rights advocates are all pushing the extremes of this argument but we have to stay in the middle. Down the middle is the only way that we can make an effective change that latter generations will remember us. Not to mention that it is the only way anything will be passed.

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  1. govdavisd
    February 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Short, sweet, and to the point, that’s how I like it. I thought it you wrote clearly as it was easy to follow. I would like to have seen a few more sources to help prove your point and your overall view of the subject matter. Good job, Eric. I’m proud of you.

    • govdavisd
      February 25, 2013 at 8:17 am


  2. govcolej
    February 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Justin, solid work. I enjoyed the Stars Wars reference! Overall, it was clear and persuasive. Perhaps you could connect to government class and make Mr. O happy? Awesome job.

  3. goveher
    February 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Good job Justin your reflection was very clear and persuasive. I like how you gave your opinion on the subject and gave evidence to back it up. The only thing I saw that you didn’t do in your reflection was relate it back to our government class, hopefully you add this on to your reflection. Keep up the good work!

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