Thursday, 17 November 2011

Gun Control; Anti or Pro??

''Tireless Champions of Sensible Gun Laws''.
The brady campaign is linked to the Brady Handgun Violence Act of 1993 introduced by President Bill Clinton which required that every sale of a gun by a licensed dealer would be referred to law enforcement for a background check. This act came about due to the events in March 1981 when a mentally deranged young man, John Hinckley, attempted to assassinate the President, and shot both President Reagan and Jim Brady who suffered a serious head wound that left him partially paralyzed for life. Since leaving the White House, Jim with his wife Sarah both fight for common sense gun laws. The website outlines the organisations goals on gun control. They don’t want to ban guns and regularly state; ‘’we believe that law-abiding citizens should be able to buy and keep firearms.’’

In contrast the following webiste disapproves strongly about any forms of gun control.
This group describes itself as "The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington."
Their main goal is to preserve and defend the second ammendment and the group have been involved in legal proceedings in almost every state in the nation, in the hopes to maintain and further pro-gun legislation, and pro-gun rights. They make efforts to differentiate themselves from the larger National Rifle Association (NRA) , and have publicly criticized them on multiple occasions for what the GOA considers to be the selling out of the gun rights movement. This is where their slogan on comprimise is used to distance themselves from the NRA.

A common theme with the websites is the use of the colours of the American flag which give them both a patriotic feel. Both websites put their views across very well but due to Britain not having the same attitude towards guns as America it is easy for me to agree with the Brady campaign which seems to want common sense to prevail in the making of gun laws. They do not call for a complete ban on guns, just rules that prohibit the availability of weapons that are beyond recreational (AK-47 etc) as well as not allowing criminals to buy guns. These policies seem logical but the gun owners of America preach about the second amendment which they claim allows anyone to own any gun they desire. Surely they just need to look at the tragedies that have taken place in recent years to see that gun control is a necessity. Instead they see any control as a breach of their freedoms.

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