The Gun Control Debate

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The Gun Control Debate
Amanda Dunaway
April 22, 2013
University of Phoenix
Stephen Goodman

The Gun Control Debate
The debate for gun control has been a part of the American way for many years. Only in recent months has the situation become heated again, with the Newtown, Connecticut shootings to name one. Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner wrote in her article titled NRA Leadership Is Promoting an Irresponsible Position on Guns, “This tragedy was a wake-up call to the fact that nearly 40 percent of all gun sales in our nation happen without background checks, that military-style assault weapons with high capacity magazines can be bought in places like Wal-Mart, and that federal gun trafficking laws are largely missing in action in the United States.” I don’t believe this tragedy was a wake up call. I believe that any tragedy gets one to thinking about ways to better a situation and how to cope. Anyone can turn a tragedy into something that pertains directly or indirectly to them. And the fact that President Obama is exploiting these children and the families for his own agenda is sickening. I do believe there needs to be stricter gun laws. But as many have stated before, it’s a slippery slope.

In her article she says, “Universal background checks, restrictions on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, a crackdown on gun trafficking, and federal funding for research into gun violence are all reasonable, and much needed, responses from President Obama to a problem that harms our children and our communities.” I want to breakdown this statement for a moment. Universal background checks, I can live with that, and most of the American people can live with that. However, when you tell people they will be placed in a universal database, you are opening up some very private people, to what they believe is showing the whole world what kinds of guns they have. These law abiding citizens don’t want, what they believe, is just anyone off...
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