Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Gun Control

One website that I found that was pro gun control was from an American newspaper called 'the Washington Post'- http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/bloomberg-backs-pro-gun-control-democrats-in-virginia-election/2011/10/28/gIQAliz9PM_blog.html
The article focuses on the mayor of New York's involvement in trying to promote gun control in the Virginia elections, he evidently thinks that controlling gun crime is vital and in the article it explains how he has donated $25,000 of his own money to the candidates that are running for the election, in the hope that they will impose the law when they are elected. Although there are a select few articles on pro gun control, the reason why it could be limited is because of the high volume of guns in the country, many people may have just accepted that they would be fighting a lost cause because it would be near impossible to get rid of all of the guns in the country.

The website I found which was anti gun control was http://www.westnet.com/~levins/guncontrol3.html, this site gives numerous reasons about why guns aren't as bad as people make them out to be. The writer of the page has some very interesting statistics, one being the 10 most frequent reasons for visits to accident and emergency departments in the US, this shows that guncrime is far less prevalent than accidents in softball, horseriding and skateboarding.

Although some of the statistics mentioned in the second article are thought-provoking and interesting, I believe that the first article is better, this is because Bloomberg (the mayor of New York) is actively doing something to fight his argument, rather than the author of the second website, who simply puts together an argument formed from events in history and often their facts seem to be pretty weightless and obvious, for example, when they talk about the top 10 most prevalent injuries in the US, obviously gun crime isn't going to be as high, but the injuries themselves caused by guns are usually far worse than injuries picked up in sport for example.

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