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Transcript of Gun Control
No background check” sales account for an estimated 40% of gun sales in the U.S.
More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in this country.
The US has an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hand. Although the Second Amendment does state the right to bare arms, I feel as though there should be a limit as to the type of weapons that can be purchased. No one (including police officers, hunters, gun collectors, etc) needs a high powered gun(such as an AK-47) that is capable of killing/injuring dozens of people. I also agree with Obama's gun control plan and I think it will make the United States safer and will reduce the amount of gun violence within the nation. In order to make the nation safer, we have to get certain guns off the streets, keep guns out of the wrong hands, and prevent guns from being easily accessible just as Obama stated. President Obama's Plan to Reduce Gun Control On January 16, 2013 President Obama publicly released his gun control policy and ideas on how to reduce gun violence.
His recommendations included:
Requiring background checks for all gun sales
Strengthening the background check system for gun sales
Passing a new , stronger ban on assault weapons
Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
Finishing the job of getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets Gun Control- Efforts to regulate and control the sale of guns, who owns them, and how they are used.
Both the state and federal government creates and enforces gun control laws. President Obama's Plan to Reduce Gun Control (continued) Giving law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
Ending the freeze on gun violence research
Making our schools safer with new resource officers and counselors, better emergency response plans, and more nurturing school climates
Ensuring quality coverage of mental health treatment, particularly for young people Events That Prompted for Stricter Gun Control All used various high-powered rifles, shotguns, semi-automatic handguns and/or pistols.
Columbine High School Massacre (Columbine, CO: April 20, 1999)
Seniors Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students, one teacher and injured 21 people; then killed themselves.
Amish School Shooting (Lancaster County, PA: October 2, 2006)
32 year old Charles Carl Roberts shot 11 young girls in a schoolhouse at West Nickel Mines School, killing 5 and injuring 6; he then killed himself.
Virginia Tech Massacre (Blacksburg, VA: April 16, 2007)
VA Tech student Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the Virginia Tech Campus, killing 32 people and injuring 17 people; he then killed himself. Events That Prompted for Stricter Gun Control (Continued) Tuscon shooting (Tuscon, AZ: January 8, 2011)
22 year old Jared Loughner opened fire outside of a Safeway where U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her staff where holding a meeting. Jared killed 6 people and injured 13.
Aurora theater shooting (Aurora, CO: July 20, 2012)
24 year old James Holmes opened fire during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight killing 12 people and injuring 58.
Sandy Hook shooting (Newtown, CO: December 14,2012)
20 year old Adam Lanza shot his mother dead at home, the went to Sandy Hook Elementary school, killing 20 children and 6 adults; he then killed himself. NRA (National Rifle Association) believes that instead of proposing stricter gun control, we should add more armed guards in schools. White House blasted this ad as "repugnant and cowardly" because they believe that the president's kids should not be used as "pawns" in a political argument.
NRA is an advocate for the Second Amendment and will fight any changes made to current gun control laws. United States is ranked 24th in the world in terms of murder rate.
Gun violence impacts society in many ways: medical costs, costs of the criminal justice system, and security precautions.
Each year about 4.5 million firearms, including approximately 2 million handguns, are sold in the United States.
More than 30 people are shot and murdered each day.