Gun Control

Essay by PaperNerd ContributorCollege, Undergraduate April 2001

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April 20th 1999, two young adult males walked in to Columbine High School and opened fire on fellow students. After the events at Columbine High the whole nation was in an uproar about gun control. When those boys got their guns they did not buy them themselves they had a friend that was of age buy those firearms for them, which pushed the issue for gun control. There should be no more gun control laws passed. The ones that have been passed should be better enforced.

During this years presidential election gun control was a hot topic for debate almost more important than Medicare or social security. President George W. Bush blames the Clinton administration for the gun control problems facing the nation today. President George W. Bush wants to enforce pre-existing gun control laws while as former Vice President Al Gore wanted to pass new gun control laws. The problem with passing new laws is that we cannot enforce the old ones.

Bill Bradley has knocked Former Vice President Al Gore for his changing stance on gun control. Bill Bradley stated that Al Gore was pro-gun in 1980 but since then has changed his stance to anti-gun. (Twohey, 1 of 5.) Another person under fire for hypocritical behavior is the talk show host Rosie O'Donnell. She does not believe people should own handguns, but yet her son's bodyguard has applied for a license to carry a concealed weapon. (Smolowe, 4 of 5.) The president of the NRA Charlton Heston refers to her as "Tokyo Rosie". (Smolowe, 4 of 5.) Since the shootings at Columbine High, only eight states have toughened their gun control laws. (Schneider 3 of 5.) Is the issue of gun control more important than the issue of the gun owner's rights? 66 percent of Americans seem...