Gun control is a controversial topic that continues to make headlines all
over the world. While it has always been a source of contention, the events
that have occurred over the past few years have sparked a political debate
that no one can ignore.
Most of us will never forget when President Obama, in October 2015, took
the podium for the 11th time to give the 11th speech after a mass shooting.
He was visibly angry at the fact that mass shootings had become routine
and so had his response from the podium. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to
President Obama, he would be standing at the podium in November after
the Paris attacks and again in December after the San Bernardino attack.
Now to be clear, when President Obama said in October 2015 that this was
the 11time he had made a speech, he was referring to the 11th mass shooting
since the horrific murder of 20 small children and 6 adults at Sand Hook
Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. There had been
several shootings prior to that event, but Sandy Hook was the event that
invoked the desire in President Obama to take executive action.
President Obama has made countless speeches about regulating guns or even
removing certain guns, such as semi-automatics, from the market all together.
And though he has supporters, there a plenty of critics ready to tear
down any statement or action he takes. As a constitutional right, many
share the belief that regulating guns would infringe upon those rights.
While others would say that carrying a gun is not a right, but a privilege
that they are willing to give up because too many lives have been lost
and something needs to be done to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
But would controlling guns at this point really do anything? If laws were
to be put in place banning the sale or possession of certain types of
guns, would law enforcement or some other special task force team go door
to door to inspect and remove guns that are already in people’s
homes? If not, then what’s the point? The bottom line is semi-automatic
guns are already out there. They have been in the market for years and
it seems impossible to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.
However, though that may be the case, we cannot just sit back and do nothing.
Gun control will likely never be 100% successful, but it is a start.
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