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The Big Debate

Topic of gun control laws have taken priority

by Published: Jan 23, 2013

As more firearm tragedies con­tinue to occur around the nation, the debate over gun con­trol laws has increased.

On Jan. 16, United States President Barack Obama deliv­ered a gun con­trol state­ment and announced mul­ti­ple pro­pos­als he plans to give to congress.

Those pro­pos­als include, but are not lim­ited to, per­form­ing uni­ver­sal back­ground checks for any­one buy­ing a firearm, cre­at­ing a ban on mil­i­tary style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for ammu­ni­tion mag­a­zines, pro­vid­ing more funds for mental-health care and obtain­ing more sup­port for school security.

During Obama’s speech, he explained what he assumes the pro­pos­als will do once they are put in place.

To explain his hopes for the pro­pos­als, he was quoted say­ing, “Like most Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guar­an­tees an indi­vid­ual right to bear arms. I respect our strong tra­di­tion of gun own­er­ship and the rights of hunters and sports­men. There are mil­lions of respon­si­ble, law-abiding gun own­ers in America who cher­ish the right to bear arms for hunt­ing, for sport, for pro­tec­tion or collection.”

Obama con­tin­ued with his thoughts that the key is lim­it­ing firearm access to those who will abuse them.

“I also believe most gun own­ers agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keep­ing an irre­spon­si­ble, law-breaking few from inflict­ing harm on a mas­sive scale. I believe most of them agree that if America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dan­ger­ous peo­ple, there would be fewer atroc­i­ties like the one that occurred in Newtown. That’s what these reforms are designed to do. They are com­mon sense mea­sures. They have the sup­port of the major­ity of the American peo­ple, and yet that doesn’t mean any of this is going to be easy to enact or implement.”

While Obama sent off his pro­pos­als to con­gress, many peo­ple of all ages have dis­cussed the ben­e­fits and con­se­quences of cre­at­ing tighter gun con­trol laws.

Caleb Archambault, a fifth-year Ferris stu­dent major­ing in chem­istry and a respon­si­ble gun owner, thinks stricter gun laws are not the solution.

“I am against stricter laws on gun con­trol because gun con­trol doesn’t help; it actu­ally harms. Statistics have shown that gun con­trol causes more gun vio­lence, and gun vio­lence occurs more often in gun-free zones than any­where else,” Archambault said. “Gun con­trol is not the answer. Holding peo­ple respon­si­ble for the laws we have now is. It would be gun respon­si­bil­ity, not gun con­trol. It’s not allow­ing your firearms to get in the hands of peo­ple that would use them to do harm and not allow­ing them to do harm yourself.”

However, Brandon Laninga, Ferris junior major­ing in psy­chol­ogy, agrees with Obama that stricter gun laws need to be enforced.

“I believe gun laws should be stricter to limit the num­ber of peo­ple who can get them,” Laninga said. “The gov­ern­ment isn’t try­ing to take guns away; it is only try­ing to keep them out of the hands of the peo­ple they shouldn’t be in. I was raised around guns with my par­ents and they would go hunt­ing. So I have been around guns quite a bit, but I am still for tight­en­ing gun laws.”

 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.neet Steven Neet

    When it comes to gun con­trol reg­u­la­tions, we already have laws on the books. The gun laws we have right now are meant to pro­tect the rights of those who are respon­si­ble gun own­ers. These are the cit­i­zens who take the time to fill out the forms, take the CCW saftey courses and learn how to safely and respon­si­bly use guns. Most gun own­ers I know take respon­si­bil­ity for their weapons by using trig­ger saftey locks, keep­ing the ammu­ni­tion sep­a­rate and putting saftey first! Personally, I don’t need an AK-47, SR-15, M-16 or any assault weapon to go deer hunt­ing with. Why use a can­non to kill a mos­quito? At the same time, respon­si­ble gun own­ers should not be bur­dened with more reg­u­la­tions. Blanket, “one size fits all” rules just makes the prob­lem worse by cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment that invites more crim­i­nal activ­ity. Maybe we should think about Criminal Control as opposed to gun con­trol. Responsible, safe and con­ci­en­tious gun own­ers shouldn’t be pun­ished because of a few crackpots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.neet Steven Neet

    When it comes to gun con­trol reg­u­la­tions, we already have laws on the books. The gun laws we have right now are meant to pro­tect the rights of those who are respon­si­ble gun own­ers. These are the cit­i­zens who take the time to fill out the forms, take the CCW saftey courses and learn how to safely and respon­si­bly use guns. Most gun own­ers I know take respon­si­bil­ity for their weapons by using trig­ger saftey locks, keep­ing the ammu­ni­tion sep­a­rate and putting saftey first! Personally, I don’t need an AK-47, SR-15, M-16 or any assault weapon to go deer hunt­ing with. Why use a can­non to kill a mos­quito? At the same time, respon­si­ble gun own­ers should not be bur­dened with more reg­u­la­tions. Blanket, “one size fits all” rules just makes the prob­lem worse by cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment that invites more crim­i­nal activ­ity. Maybe we should think about Criminal Control as opposed to gun con­trol. Responsible, safe and con­ci­en­tious gun own­ers shouldn’t be pun­ished because of a few crackpots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.neet Steven Neet

    When it comes to gun con­trol reg­u­la­tions, we already have laws on the books. The gun laws we have right now are meant to pro­tect the rights of those who are respon­si­ble gun own­ers. These are the cit­i­zens who take the time to fill out the forms, take the CCW saftey courses and learn how to safely and respon­si­bly use guns. Most gun own­ers I know take respon­si­bil­ity for their weapons by using trig­ger saftey locks, keep­ing the ammu­ni­tion sep­a­rate and putting saftey first! Personally, I don’t need an AK-47, SR-15, M-16 or any assault weapon to go deer hunt­ing with. Why use a can­non to kill a mos­quito? At the same time, respon­si­ble gun own­ers should not be bur­dened with more reg­u­la­tions. Blanket, “one size fits all” rules just makes the prob­lem worse by cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment that invites more crim­i­nal activ­ity. Maybe we should think about Criminal Control as opposed to gun con­trol. Responsible, safe and con­ci­en­tious gun own­ers shouldn’t be pun­ished because of a few crackpots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.neet Steven Neet

    When it comes to gun con­trol reg­u­la­tions, we already have laws on the books. The gun laws we have right now are meant to pro­tect the rights of those who are respon­si­ble gun own­ers. These are the cit­i­zens who take the time to fill out the forms, take the CCW saftey courses and learn how to safely and respon­si­bly use guns. Most gun own­ers I know take respon­si­bil­ity for their weapons by using trig­ger saftey locks, keep­ing the ammu­ni­tion sep­a­rate and putting saftey first! Personally, I don’t need an AK-47, SR-15, M-16 or any assault weapon to go deer hunt­ing with. Why use a can­non to kill a mos­quito? At the same time, respon­si­ble gun own­ers should not be bur­dened with more reg­u­la­tions. Blanket, “one size fits all” rules just makes the prob­lem worse by cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment that invites more crim­i­nal activ­ity. Maybe we should think about Criminal Control as opposed to gun con­trol. Responsible, safe and con­ci­en­tious gun own­ers shouldn’t be pun­ished because of a few crackpots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.neet Steven Neet

    When it comes to gun con­trol reg­u­la­tions, we already have laws on the books. The gun laws we have right now are meant to pro­tect the rights of those who are respon­si­ble gun own­ers. These are the cit­i­zens who take the time to fill out the forms, take the CCW saftey courses and learn how to safely and respon­si­bly use guns. Most gun own­ers I know take respon­si­bil­ity for their weapons by using trig­ger saftey locks, keep­ing the ammu­ni­tion sep­a­rate and putting saftey first! Personally, I don’t need an AK-47, SR-15, M-16 or any assault weapon to go deer hunt­ing with. Why use a can­non to kill a mos­quito? At the same time, respon­si­ble gun own­ers should not be bur­dened with more reg­u­la­tions. Blanket, “one size fits all” rules just makes the prob­lem worse by cre­at­ing an envi­ron­ment that invites more crim­i­nal activ­ity. Maybe we should think about Criminal Control as opposed to gun con­trol. Responsible, safe and con­ci­en­tious gun own­ers shouldn’t be pun­ished because of a few crackpots!