Monday, 21 November 2011

Gun Control

The anti-gun control website that I have chosen to look at is Gun Owners of America. They claim to see gun control as a freedom issue. It is their view that legislation regarding gun control is taking away their rights. It is their mission to defend the rights laid down in the second amendment. They have formed a network of attorneys that defend the second amendment. The website states that 'As an example, GOA fought for and won, the right of gun owners to sue and recover damages from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) for harassment and unlawful seizure of firearms.'

The pro-gun control website is the
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. They comment on websites such as the NRA and oppose their claims that more guns mean more freedom. Of the NRA they say 'The NRA steadfastly maintains that the 30,000 gun-related deaths with firearms in the United States every year are a small price to pay to guarantee freedom.' This implies that they do not agree. They also say that the NRA believe concealed weapon holders are law abiding citizens however 'In 2009, for example, there were six confirmed mass shootings (defined as three or more deaths) by concealed carry permit holders'

I believe that the GSCV has a stronger argument based on the safety of citizens rather than on 200 year old legislation.

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