School Shootings and Gun Laws Essay
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Imagine your child was nearing high school graduation with their whole life ahead of them. Next year, they will be going to college and you will see them bloom into the wonderful person you know they are. Now imagine the horror of hearing that your child had been shot and killed while they were at school. It is difficult to fathom the enormous amount of grief and anger that would flood the body of a person in a situation like this. No one should have to endure such pain. Now imagine how much this pain would be intensified if there was a possibility that the whole incident could have been prevented.
This scene is an all too familiar one in this country. A kid, who for some reason is mad at the world, goes to school with a gun and…show more content…
After the smoke cleared and the investigation following the Columbine High School shooting was well underway, it became clear that at least part of the small arsenal used by the shooters came from a local gun show. If all of the guns used in this attack had been stolen or “borrowed” from a parent’s closet, then there would have been little that legislative action could have done to prevent this horrid act. However, since at least one of the guns was bought at a gun show, appropriate legislation could have kept the shooters from getting this gun. It is a shame that we do not have some way of regulating this part of the firearm market. As David Corn says: “It’s like not having a sewage system” (par. 2).
Another clear indication that the gun show loophole is a big problem in this country is the conviction of Ali Boumelhem for trying to smuggle guns obtained at gun shows in the United States abroad to be used for terrorist activities. Conservatives claim that this conviction illustrates that the current system works. However, these same people often forget to mention the fact that Boumelhem was a previously convicted felon and therefore should not have been allowed to purchase a firearm. In his article “Keeping Guns Away from Terrorists,” Eric Holder Jr. includes this fact and silences any argument that the loophole does not exist when he says:
A previously convicted felon and terrorist, Ali Boumelhem, went to a Michigan gun show, where he was
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The debate about gun control is often centered around [choose one: the second amendment/self-defense/crime control/violence.] One example of this can be found in [describe an event, law or fact related to this facet of the gun control debate.]
Additionally, gun control laws regulate the [choose one: sale/possession/modification/use] of firearms by civilians. This impacts [describe who or what this branch of gun control impacts and how.]
- The United States has a pervasive gun culture stemming from the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution which states that "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
- The United States has the highest per capita and total number of guns in the world.
- Gun control is hotly debated because it involves issues of violence as well as issues of personal defense.
- Those who support stricter gun control laws believe that firearms should be more regulated by governmental entities, while those who support fewer gun control laws believe that such measures take away basic rights and securities.
- Those impacted by gun control laws include all citizens who wish to own a personal firearm for self-defense, sport hunting or collecting.
- Specific gun control measures include background checks and limitations on types of firearms and ammunition that may be legally purchased by citizens.
ProCon.org Information about Gun Control
JustFacts.com Resources on Gun Control
Atlantic.com Guide to Gun Laws in America and Worldwide