gun control

Topics: Columbine High School massacre, Barack Obama, Firearm Pages: 7 (827 words) Published: November 5, 2013

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Can US gun addiction be controlled?
By Mathilde Ahrenkiel, mathildeahrenkiel@gmail.com, Capus News, 20.09.2013

“I will try very hard”1 those are the words of President Obama as he spoke at the National Rifle Association Campaign on gun control in January 2013. His words underline the problem of a nation of enthusiastic gun owners, who are not afraid of teaching their children how to use a gun and to shoot to protect their freedom. Is this the way we want America to go?

Following several school shootings

nation, but aside from the oral debates,

over the past decade – the latest being

there are clear facts, that state, that

the Newton shootings at the Sandy

school shootings actually lead to

Hook Elementary School in

increasing weapon sales.

Connecticut in December 2012 – the
President of the United States, Barack
Obama, addressed the nation at the
National Rifle Association Campaign1
on Gun Control the 16th of January
2013 to announce a plan to change
America’s gun culture.

After every larger shooting incident,
gun sales seem to increase rapidly2, as
people buy guns to protect their
homes, family and themselves, thus
creating a larger demand in the
market, and causing the problem to
spiral out of control. There seems to be
a trend (figure 1), that after every tragic

Facts do not lie

school shooting, people seem to
support for stricter gun laws and the

According to the United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime, the firearms
homicides makes out 3.2 killings per
100.000 inhabitants per year, this is
100% more than the neighboring
Canada2. The debate on gun control
has evolved and almost split the

Figur
 1:
 Support
 for
 Stricter
 Gun
 Laws,
 BBC
 2013

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political debate reaches the congress
and even presidents, but according to
Gallup, focus has declined during past

Assault Weapon Band &

decades on the subject, followed only

Magazine Clip Limit

by a short focus increase after
shooting incidences.

President Obama mentions in his
speech at the National Rifle
Association Campaign, that

History repeats itself
The President’s speech at the National
Rifle Association Campaign1 was
emotional and he spoke directly to
parents across the nation. He
underlined, that parents must not fear
handing over their school children. In
1999, former President Clinton stated,
following the school shootings at
Columbine High School, that “the
problem […] is a daemon; we have to
do more to fight”2. After the Virginia
Tech shootings in 2007, President
Bush stated, that schools should be
“places for safety, sanctuary and
learning” 2. President Obamas current
plan to reduce gun violence focuses on
Mental Health & Information Sharing
and Assault Weapon Band & Magazine
Clip Limit. But is it really the necessary
means, and are all factors taken into
consideration? Let us take a closer
look at the pros and cons of the four
proposals.

implementing a band on firearms and
magazine clips is a mean to prevent
school
shootings.
The
numbers
of
shootings

Figur 2, Connecticut shootings, 2012

should speak for themselves, and one
must assume, that if the majority of the
population does not have access to
firearms, that shootings should
automatically decline. However,
President Obamas proposal is being
heavily criticized by the Chief executive
at the National Rifle Association,
Wayne LaPierre, as he believes, that it
is our personal rights to be able to
protect our families using semiautomatic firearms technology, and that the band will be a freedom
intervention in American lives. As
American we have the right to fight for
our freedom at any cost, and we must
also keep in mind, that it is not the
weapons that kill, but the people
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