Gun Control: the Ongoing Debate

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Robinson 1
Lindsay Robinson
Radley
English 109-02
2/9/2013
Gun Control: The Ongoing Debate
It was a typical cold, Friday morning in December for the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. Sheila Harper kissed her son Johnny good bye and watched as he skipped toward his first grade classroom without a worry in the world. With a smile on her face, she headed towards Black Bean Coffee, picked up her usual hot mocha latte, and continued down the snow-covered streets to the offices of The Newtown Bee. The phone rang as she set her coffee down next to the recently earned “Reporter of the Month” plaque on her desk. Her world turns completely upside down, as she receives news that her innocent 6-year-old had been a victim of what became the second deadliest school shooting in the United States history. Like Sheila, a countless number of Americans have lost loved ones resulting from a mass murder and/or accidental shooting. What laws should be enforced to control the growing number of citizens who are losing their lives? There have been a variety of views introduced regarding the gun control debate since it has been in progress for close to five decades. While most individuals offer ideas of particular policies that might be best for the US today, Donald Braman and Dan M. Kahan introduce a process they believe each individual should utilize before the ultimate decision of a policy is made. In their Emory Law Journal entry, “Overcoming the Fear of Guns, The Fear of Gun Control, and the Fear of Cultural Politics: Robinson 2

Constructing A Better Gun Debate”, Braman and Kahan turn their attention away from any opinions on enforcement of particular policies and focus instead on the decision-making process regarding this issue. They begin by recognizing two sides of the debate: those who believe we will be safer with guns versus those who believe we will be safer without. They suggest that currently, decisions based on these sides, are being influenced...
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