Monday, December 3, 2012

Enough Is Enough

This week,  a horrible tragedy occurred that I believe, happens way to often. Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher committed a murder-suicide of himself as well as his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. Clearly, something horrible must of happened to Mr. Belcher that made him decide to end his life as well as his girlfriends, but the real question comes back to the gun. When will the United States finally address gun control? And how many more tragedies are going to happen before this extremely important issue is finally addressed on the national stage?

I believe the issue of gun control has been put off for way to long. Clearly, many politicians try to avoid this topic because of how controversial it is, and the many different view points on it. To try to bring it up could be costly to their possible election or reelection, so the topic continues to go untouched. Right off the bat, the Second Amendment in the Constitution states, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." Because of how this is the second amendment, it shows the importance of it to the Founding Fathers. However, the views today vary on not on if it is a constitutional right, but to what extent it is and the laws each individual states pass.

Personally, I believe in strict gun control laws. I think that these laws could stop irresponsible people from obtaining laws as well as any potential shootings that could occur because of that. From the mass shootings at a movie theater in Colorado to a United States House member, Gabby Giffords, being seriously injured from a gun shot wound to even right here in Chicago. What do you think? What are your opinions on gun control?

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting post. I too posted about the renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in a earlier post which can be read here:

    I too agree that certain gun control actions could be taken however after much research (this was one of my debate topics), a renewal of the ban would fail miserably. The issue is the loopholes which are incredibly easy to circumvent. The ban only removes the legality of certain models of assault weapons, the weapons that are most commonly used in mass shootings. No matter what model you ban, there will still always be copycat models that perform the same as the banned weapons just have a different name, and very slight variants in firing capacity. It would be nice to see some new legislation of a new gun control act with few loopholes. Whether you accept the motto,"times are a changing", one cannot deny that we live in an exceedingly dangerous and violent world and if the time/energy is put in to institute new legislation, I believe we can save many lives down the road