Policy Shootout: Gun Laws Debated Around Country, School

The recent tragedy in Connecticut that resulted in the death of 28 people has started a war of policy on a very sensitive issue; the issue of gun control.

The nation is in a flurry of debate on a governmental and local level. The Obama administration is pushing for stronger gun control, and the Republican party is pushing back.

Voices from Newton, Connecticut tend to lean toward much stricter gun control as public support for gun control continues to grow nationwide.

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“The need for a gun is symptom of basic fear,”  sophomore Lindsay Hutchinson said. “The United States needs to attempt to drop the murder rate, I think keeping high capacity weapons out of the hands of criminals and the insane in the first step in the right direction.”

Other states stand their ground, using an arsenal of facts and figures, along with an enthusiastic pro-gun base.

“Any impediment upon the right to own any weapon is direct attack on the second amendment, and is unacceptable,” sophomore Mehron Moeni said.

Certain provisions in the president’s recent gun-control proposition have both fulfilled the hopes of control advocates and enraged those who “stick to their guns.”

“I don’t like the overall package, but I totally agree that we need to have much tougher background and psychiatric tests,” Will Adams said.”Despite what the stereotype labels gun owners, responsible gun owners like myself and my family respect the weapons, and know how to handle them safely. It is unfortunate that the shootings keep happening, but such drastic steps shouldn’t be taken.”

The second amendment , “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,” is at the center of the debate.

“It is sickening that the Obama administration is fighting to take away our second amendment rights,” junior Jake Hands said. “Our founding fathers wanted us to be able to fight against tyranny, we can’t do that without guns.”

Both sides have very distinct reasons to debate their views and a variety of points to use in their arguments.

“I used to be neutral about the gun debate, and my family owned a number of guns,” sophomore Jacob Palans said. “However, after the Newtown shootings, my family went to gun shops and returned almost all of our weapons. I don’t support taking away everyone’s gun, but I honestly think something needs to be done to stop this from happening.”

The country is rife with indecision, and the future of gun control is uncertain.

“I am fairly certain legislation will pass,” Adams said. “I may not be happy about it, but it will pass and hopefully lower the rampant violence in America.”



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