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Gun Control: Is it too late?


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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