Gun Control Argument Essay

799 Words Mar 16th, 2013 4 Pages
Gun Control

The gun control debate in the US is often contentious and politically divisive. And with upcoming elections always looming in the near future, we will continue hearing a great deal from the media as well as politicians about what should or should not be done about “too many guns” in our society. Unfortunately, too many Americans do not take time to truly understand the issues and the reasoning behind both sides of the controversy. To help get a clearer perspective of the problem, there are two very short, but well written pro/con pieces, regarding the debate, by Mitch Albom and Thomas Sowell. Each presents his own rationale for what should be done about gun control.

According to Albom’s “Don’t Shoot Holes in Gun Control
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He states people committing these illegal acts are not going to stop just because guns are illegal. When looking into who would stop these people, another person with a gun is the answer.
Sowell also cites the flaw of the waiting period, stating the Columbine incident, involved a couple of kids who waited a long time to plan out their attack, nor would the tragedy have been prevented by a program for troubled youth. The kids committing this mass murder passed their psych evaluations. Some people support gun control just because they don’t like guns.
He concludes by saying criminals are less likely to commit a crime when they know the person they are going after may very well have a gun of their own. He wants to compare the statistics to accidental gun deaths and statistics on gun murders being much less where gun ownership is widespread.

On a lighter note, to demonstrate the real irony of the issue, a spring 2006 segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, entitled “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” tackled the gun controversy by satirizing former Vice President Cheney’s accidental shooting of his friend during a sporting event. This makes light of a serious issue but the underlying theme is of a serious nature.
They bring to the point how this hunting club allows you to shoot animals that

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