Essay on Gun Accessibility And Its Effect On Public Policy

1511 Words Feb 17th, 2016 null Page
There is no denying that within the United States, gun accessibility is one of the most controversial topics that impacts political, economic, and social aspects across the board. The debate has existed since the 1990’s but with recent media exposure, and contributions from globalization, the debate has increased amongst the general public. If there is ever a time for the gun regulation and access problem to be adopted into public policy, it is now. Gun accessibility problems and its effect on gun violence can be effectively explained through its process from condition to problem, causation, tractability, severity, and more. There has been an increase in gun violence, media attention, and pressure on the President of the United States to enact some form of appropriate policy, thus creating a strong platform for increased gun regulation to be pushed today. To begin, one has to understand when gun access transformed from a condition to an actual problem. Conditions, within public policy, are items that are considered a norm within a society or culture prior to being viewed as a problem (Anderson 92). Once someone identifies that the condition is not appropriate and finds it unacceptable, it then becomes a problem. In the United States, access to guns stems from the right written in the Constitution, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” (U.S. Const. amend. II).…

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