B: Looks like another mass shooting happened in Florida. A: Tell me about it. Support for gun control laws is growing by the minute, but who knows if it’s ever going to happen.

B: Why do you think that? A: Well, the Second Amendment to the constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled that Chicago’s ban on the possession of firearms was unconstitutional.

A: And there have been numerous other incidents of school shootings as well. 1966 Texas Tower shooting 18 dead 1999 Columbine High shooting 13 dead 2005 Red Lake High School shooting 9 dead 2007 Virginia Tech shooting 32 dead 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 27 dead 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting 9 dead

B: Since 2013, there have been a total of 290 incidents of school shootings in American schools.

B: Every time an incident occurs, public opinion supporting gun control grows even stronger.

A: The United States leads the death toll for gun-related incidents among developed countries.

A: There are over 270 million firearms in America today.

A: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the average number of people who died from terror attacks from 2005 to 2014 was 16 people per year, compared to 11,737 people per year for gun-related deaths during the same period.

A: According to the Gun Violence Archive, 15,591 people were killed with firearms in 2017 alone. The number of gun-related incidents is rising year by year.

A: According to the Washington Post, there was at least one gun-related incident involving the accidental discharge of a weapon by a child younger than 3 years old per week in 2015 (59 cases)

B: But we won’t be able to defend ourselves without guns! A: There is a deeply-rooted viewpoint that gun control laws would result in gun ownership concentrating in organized crime groups and gangs.

A: A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut reveals that the ratio of respondents in favor of gun control is the largest it has ever been. 66% 31%

B: Have guns ever been subjected to stricter control? A: Measures such as the Brady Act, which required background checks for firearm purchasers, and the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which prohibits the sale of semi-automatic firearms, were introduced under the Clinton administration.

However, both had limited validity periods and expired under the Bush administration. Bush is a lifelong member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).

B: While the Obama administration signed executive orders calling for mandatory background checks for potential buyers, the order was not a gun control law and did not have an effect on firearm-related incidents.

A: Using its 5 million official members, and around $350 million in funding, the NRA pours around $3 million per year into gun policy, making it the largest lobbying group in America. Its costs amount to an enormous sum, if we include its donations to individual politicians.

A: The Trump administration, which has received a generous sum in donations from the NRA, has yet to take a step towards stricter gun control measures, despite the repeat mass shooting incidents.

A: On February 19th, student demonstrators staged a protest calling for stricter gun controls measures in front of the White House, lying on the ground to represent the the victims mass shootings. “Shame on you!”

 

 

Conclusion

While President Trump has called for measures such as strengthening background checks when purchasing firearms and providing special firearms training to teachers, he has yet to propose a single measure for reducing the number of firearms in circulation, despite the surge of public opinion strongly calling for stricter gun control measures as a result of the recent mass shooting in Florida.

On the other hand, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, through his non-profit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, is conducting his own lobbying campaign using his personal fortune. Establishments such as Starbucks and Target have also begun prohibiting customers from bringing firearms into their premises. The gun control movement has begun solidifying its influence as well.

Due to America’s past as a former British colony, gun ownership has become a traditional American value. While the NRA advocates stronger gun control laws for convicted felons, it has continued to lobby Republican and Democrat politicians alike, making it unlikely that gun control laws will ever be legislated in the future.

Despite the Obama administration signed an executive order aimed at firearm distributors, the number of gun-related crimes in the United States continued to soar unabated. The disarmament of civilians is crucial in promoting gun control, which necessitates a thorough re-assessment of the Constitution’s 2nd 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”.

As the number of mass shootings increases, the public clamor for stricter gun control laws continues to grow. As these tragic events continue to occur, how long can President Trump, – who at an NRA convention proclaimed: “I am going to come through for you” – continue to maintain his pro-gun stance?

 

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