In the wake of the Aurora, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania shootings in 2012, the debate over gun law in the USA has been sparked, and whether citizens of the USA should have a ‘right to bear arms’ as seen in the second amendment of the constitution.
President Barack Obama has made his stance for firmer gun control clear stating that there needs to be “change” and would he would “use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this”. Here is what he had to say:
The National Rifle Association (one of the largest pressure groups in the USA), however, is a keen supporter of guns. In a statement after the Newtown shootings the NRA stated that “the only thing that can stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.” Their stance is that there should be armed guards in school as to protect them from ‘a bad person’. They went on to say that if Adam Lanza (the gunman in Newtown) had been confronted by armed guards then “it’s possible that 26 innocent lives might have been spared”.NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre had this to say:
In one supreme court case, District of Columbia vs Heller, the US Supreme Court found the second amendment to the US constitution protects an individual’s right to own guns for the purposes of self-defence. There seems to be little desire to amend the law…
What America should do is pass the Fix Gun Checks Act which would prevent the loophole that enables 40% of people to buy guns without passing a background check. This bill would also mean that states and the federal government would have to send all previous criminal records and mental illnesses to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. For America, getting rid of guns is a no go option, but there is most definitely room to address the deal and pass some form of gun control.
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