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Gun Control - A Necessary Conversation

Updated on July 21, 2013
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The conversation surrounding gun control has become a huge debate, with some Americans fearful of this Administration threatening to take away their guns. The issue of gun control has been discussed in the past, mostly brought up after a mass shooting. The media pounces on the topic after such tragedies, and after a few weeks the coverage fades until the next mass shooting occurs. The Newtown shooting captured everyone’s attention. The world watched and witnessed 20 children and 6 adults killed on December 14, 2012. It was unfathomable. Most of us thought of our own precious children and grandchildren that could have been sitting in those classrooms that day. The nation felt the pain of those families left to endure pain that we could not imagine, and let’s not forget the children that survived the shooting and will now have to live the rest of their lives with the memories of that horrible day in America’s history. After the nation grieved, some people, including President Obama, felt it was time for a necessary conversation about gun control in this country.

The conversation of gun control has not taken place in our government because politicians feared the wrath of the National Rifle Association (NRA) wielding its power in Washington, and possibly ending the political careers of those brave enough to broach the subject. The Newton shooting changed all of that. People are angry and want to see something being done to put an end to these horrific mass shootings because we do not want to see any more of our loved ones, especially young children brutally murdered ever again. I think we all agree that we don’t want the Newtown shooting to be repeated, but what do we do to avoid this from happening again? I really don’t think we can totally avoid another mass shooting, but we can sit down and have a conversation as to measures that can be taken to lessen the likelihood of weapons getting into the wrong hands. Criminals will inevitably always manage to find a way to acquire guns. This is just a fact, and the second amendment allows law abiding citizens to possess and own a gun to protect themselves and their families from such criminals. The answer to this debate lies somewhere in the middle. Both sides of this debate need to discuss rational ideas to make America safer. Some ideas that have been discussed are:

1. Arming teachers – This is not a good idea for several reasons, one being that teachers have enough responsibility in the classroom without having to now be police officers. There is just too many ways the arming of teachers can go terribly wrong.

2. Making background checks more thorough – This is a valid idea. As it stands now, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 requires a background check on any prospective buyer of a firearm or explosive, but are these background check thorough enough? Doing a more thorough check of the mental health of prospective gun buyers could be one solution. Taking a little more time to allow the background checks to be a little more thorough is also an idea that should be considered.

3. Mandatory background checks for private gun sales – This is often called the “Gun Show Loophole” is not addressed at all by some states, and other states have various rules regarding background checks. There could possibly be a universal law to apply to all states that requires a thorough background check before a gun is purchased.

4. The ban of assault weapons – Is there a need for an average citizen to possess an assault weapon? There are other alternatives for a prospective gun owner to buy other than an assault rifle. The Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting left 12 people dead and 58 people injured because an assault weapon was used. The number of victims could possibly have been reduced if there had not been an assault weapon used by the killer.

There are many more ideas to address the issue of gun control, but whatever ideas are discussed both sides should come to the table ready to compromise. We cannot and should not take people’s second amendment rights away from them. They have every right to own a gun in this country. I would like to think that most gun owners are properly trained and use good judgment when handling their firearms. Gun owners should also realize that some people have very strong views against guns because they may have been a victim of gun violence. Some people never have touched a gun in their lives and don’t understand why people feel the need to arm themselves. The hope we can all have is that whatever legislation is agreed upon, it is fair to both sides and it protects all Americans from unnecessary gun violence. In the end, people are responsible for the gun violence, not the guns. All we can do is make it a little more difficult for criminals and the mentally ill to get their hands on a gun. For the law abiding and responsible citizens who want to buy guns, they should be allowed to do that, but you may have to be a little inconvenienced. We can only hope that the conversations regarding gun control will continue until we can come to some sort of compromise that will ensure the safety of all Americans.

SOURCES:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics

http://www.csgv.org/issues-and-campaigns/gun-show-loophole




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      Herukhuti (PAB) 4 years ago

      Why are we not talking about contolling the guns that criminals obtain? Why are we talking about controlling the guns good citizens obtain? Why are we not talking about "Fast and Furious"? Why are we not talking about Psychotropic drugs and the administration thereof? Every shooter aka mass murderer, Newton, The movie theater shooters, Columbine etc. etc. were all on psychotropic drugs. Find the cause of the problem first. What's causing these outbreaks? It's not the guns folks. If people want to kill, they will find a way. Research the story about the man in China that went into a classroom full of children and stabbed 20 children. What's the solution to that outlaw knives? People with cars kill more people every year than people with guns. Outlaw cars?

      People killed in car accidents each year 40,000

      People killed with guns each year... The CDC says 11,493

      People killed by the Flu each year 36,000

      People killed by The Medical Establishment each year... Here is what Gary Null Ph.D has to say about it in his report "Death by Medicine".

      "This fully referenced report shows the number of people having in-hospital, adverse reactions to prescribed drugs to be 2.2 million per year. The number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million per year. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million per year. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million per year.

      The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US. (By contrast, the number of deaths attributable to heart disease in 2001 was 699,697, while the number of deaths attributable to cancer was 553,251.5)".

      http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf

      Folks we are looking in the wrong direction. You are more likely to be killed by your Doctor and or Hospital than you are by gun violence. The other discussion is why do we need assault weapons? The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting. For those that have never read the 2nd Amendment might I suggest reading it. It has absolutely nothing to do with hunting. Here is the gist...

      enabling the people to organize a militia system.

      participating in law enforcement;

      deterring tyrannical government;[40]

      repelling invasion;

      suppressing insurrection

      facilitating a natural right of self-defense;

      Read about what was done to the people before Dictators came to power. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pinochet etc. Gun control was the major topic in each and every instance. Once you disarm the population, well you know the rest. Yea assault weapons are necessary especially if they are aimed at you illegally by criminals. Those wanting to scare and oppress, steal, kill will be using assault weapons. What will you be using? The Police? 911? Good luck.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Jose7polanco, the background checks performed now I don't think are thorough enough. Checking facebook accounts and the character of people is definitely something that should be considered. I don't think we should totally ban guns because there are law abiding citizens that are sensible and responsible, but assault weapons should be banned for the average citizen. You made some valid points in your comment. Thanks for visiting and joining the conversation.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Most important, guns are not bad but people are. As i state and prove in one of mu hubs, THE REAL ANSWER is prevention by investigation. Banning legal gun will just increase demand for street ilegal guns and/or increase the use of other weapon like the chineese male who murdered dozens of children with no gun only a knife. Sheriff Joe Alpaio succesfully stoped a teenager who was going to commit a shooting on a HS because prevention through investigation and security of schools the real answer.

      just a few thing, one deep background checks are mandatory for prospective police officers. I remember mine it was a deep investigation of my character and my records (not only criminal records) and my facebook account. This is a good idea for all those willing to buy a weapon.

      Two, assault weapons do not come into a category of self defense unless you are in a call of duty-city fighting for your life.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Jeff Berndt, Thank you for sharing the article and commenting.

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      Jeff Berndt 4 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      Curbsideartisan, you should know that several Israeli officials have said that the NRA's claims about Israel arming its teachers in response to school shootings are not true.

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57560761/israe...

      Also, Israel does not recognize the right to keep and bear arms: their firearms laws are very restrictive.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      curbsideartisan, I just think there is too many situations where armed teachers could go wrong. Even with training, a teacher's weapon could be taken from them and used against them, a student could possibly get their hands on the gun. I think we should let law enforcement do what they are trained to do. No teacher will have the extensive education and training as a police officer. We should be trying to reduce the number of guns in our schools. I appreciate your comment. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Jason Conley 4 years ago from Texas

      You know Israel arms every teacher. I am not for that but to have teachers that want and are properly trained to carry would be a welcome change. Training is the key!!!

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Michelle, I don't understand how anyone would not agree with banning assault weapons after the Aurora and Newtown mass shootings. This is a crazy world we live in. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      ib radmasters, gangs are an increasing problem in this country. These gangs are able to obtain illegal weapons and wreak havoc on our society. The gang problem really is an issue that should be addressed. I totally agree with you. Chicago is a perfect example of how bad the gang problem is. I will read your hub. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      Nay Nay

      The gun control and the NRA are red herrings to the real problems causing violent crimes in the United States.

      The root cause are gangs and their illegal businesses.

      I did a hub on it, if you want details.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi NayNay, I do agree with bill. Who needs assault weapons? Do hunters need them to kill Deers? I don't think so.

      You have written a very good article.

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      NayNay2124 4 years ago

      Billybuc, I have to agree with you. I think law enforcement and the military should be the only ones allowed to obtain assault weapons. The issue of gun control has to be discussed and some changes need to be made to our gun control laws. I hope that both sides of the debate can sit down and do what's best for the safety of the American people. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have never had a problem with the 2nd Amendment; I love the Constitution and all that it represents. I do have a problem with assault weapons, and I'm more than willing to listen if someone can tell me why the average citizen needs one.

      Interesting and valid points that you have made.