The Gun Conversation

by Armando Ruiz

Guns: dangerous, violent and used for destruction. The definition for a gun is “A weapon incorporating a metal tube which propels bullets, shells or missiles followed by a loud sharp noise.” We can take from this definition that a gun is described as a weapon and consists of not only a pistol or a rifle but as well as something that shoot missiles or shells, which may include tanks or even rocket launchers.

So what does President Obama mean when he says he is going to make a law for gun control? Although many things can be implied as a gun, President Obama does mean guns such as pistols or rifles which are common guns that people own or may have. This executive act is known as the Stop Gun Violence act. This act was made because of the extremely high rates of death in the United States from gun shootings. Those working closely with a U.S. attorney office in Arizona have launched an operation aimed at tracking those who have been illegally selling AR-15’s and other rifles to the Mexican Drug Cartel distribution. The code name that the dealers go by, according to the U.S. attorney’s office, is the “Fast and Furious.”

In his most recent speech about the abuse of guns, President Obama spoke about how gun dealings and shareholdings is a “national crisis.” Whoever wants to buy a weapon (legally) of any sort has to go through tons of background checks and has to sign a lot of papers showing that they will be responsible. They cannot have any gun related charges in the past. If they do, they cannot purchase or legally have a gun. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said, “Criminals don’t buy their guns from a gun show. They don’t buy their guns from a collector and they don’t buy them from a gun store. They steal them. They get it from dealers on the streets and the black market.” President Barack Obama in a recent speech said, “There are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and a clip than it is for you to buy a vegetable.”

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Unfortunately, this does not stop people from committing acts of violence. The Washington Post used manufacturing data and information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to find that there are around 357 million guns in the US. This record was taken in 2013 which means more guns have been produced and sold since then. The average ownership for a gun in each household in 1994 was 4.2. Now the average ownership for a gun in each household in 2016 is 8.1. It has nearly doubled in the last 20 years.

Amy Hunter, spokesman for National Rifle Association, said,” When he (Obama) talks about guns, gun sales go up. If what he’s trying to do is to stop people from buying guns, it doesn’t seem to be working so well.” The amount of background checks recorded by the FBI are unbelievable. In 2013 there were nearly 21,093,273 background checks, which was an all-time record. The all-time record before that was from 2012 when 2,783,765 background checks were reported.  This was the year that the Sandy Hook School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut happened. The numbers are outstanding. In 2015, in only one month, there were nearly 3,314,594 background checks. We can see from these statistics that President Obama’s gun control has only made people want to buy more guns. Dan Gross the president of the Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence told Fox News that, ”this is about stopping gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people, people we all agree shouldn’t have them (such as) convicted felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill.”

The attendance at gun shows have spiked or have not even been affected. One volunteer who works in a gun shop in Huntsville, Alabama, Deonne School, told Fox 21 that in his three years of working at the shop, it was one of the busiest times by far. So President Obama’s acts, by facts and statistics, have shown that it’s not really making people not want to buy guns but it’s just giving them more of a reason to want to buy guns. Some people completely disagree with what President Obama is doing so some might tend to have a rebellious attitude to his whole operation.

People want to stop gun violence, especially with the many horrible events that have taken place all around the world. Sadly, most of these horrible events usually include someone or something getting shot. From cops shooting civilians to school shootings, it has gone out of control. People want violence and crime to stop, but what really can President Obama do about it?

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