Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Pro and Anti Gun Control in America

Pro Gun Control
This Web page is in favour of controlling the use of guns in America. It has many articles featuring news of recent shootings, as well as containing presidential and legislation updates. For example the site advertises Brady’s Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as well as featuring facts and statistics about Gun Violence. The website is as of recently, promoting background checks on anyone who wishes to own a gun.

There are many articles featuring Obama, and they are of varying opinion. President Obama has been a driving force behind stricter laws, especially after the shooting in Newtown. He announced plans for stricter gun laws in early 2013, such as proposing to pass a new ban on assault weapons and limiting the amount of magazines. However, he is a controversial point on both sides of the argument, because he was expected to renew the Firearms act that had recently expired, but never did.

Anti-Gun Control
The NRA-ILA webpage is a website which is very clearly pro-guns in America. It was established in 1975, and the Institute for Legislative Action is is known as the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association. The website promotes gun ownership and is against the idea of stricter gun control being enforced. The NRA is well known for their Anti-Gun Control views, and teamed together with the ILA, are able to make a clearer argument as the ILA is involved in any issue that directly or indirectly affects firearms ownership and use. The site features news and opinions, all to related to gun ownership and use, and Obama is often referenced to as meeting with officials about gun control laws. An article from this year, explains how gun related accidents have dramatically fallen, arguing their case that guns are not harmful, and "the odds are more than a million to one, against a child in the U.S. dying in a firearm accident."

I myself, happen to be pro gun control, especially when it comes to children and all the horrifying statistics. It is incomprehensible to me how easy it can be for anyone to buy, carry or own a gun. Although, it is obviously because of my environment, and how rare this kind of thing is in Britain.To counter the American view, I'm sure the majority of British people have never even touched a real gun. However, I do understand this view, as it is far more a part of their culture and seen as "American" in practice. Hunting is obviously a very popular activity and if it has been enjoyed for their entire lives, one can see why they might perhaps want to continue.

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