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Gun Violence and Gun Control

The issue of gun control has been debated for a long time, probably ever since they were invented. The gun is a small, rather easy to obtain, weapon that is lethal if used in the right (or wrong) way. This makes the gun an extremely dangerous factor in our lives. If used improperly, a gun could be lethal to not only the target, but the user as well. The availability of guns has sky rocketed in the past decade or so, and the immense population of guns in our society make it a dangerous place to live. Gun violence claims approximately 38,000 lives in the U.S. each year, including 5,000 children and teenagers. In the past few years, many steps have been taken to help reduce the risk of fatal accidents or
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Let's see what they both think. In 1992, as I mentioned, Congress passed a ban on the sale, manufacture, and importation of all semi-automatic assault weapons. Soon after the 104th Congress resumed power, The House of Representatives repealed the ban as a pay back to the National Rifle Association (NRA) who had funded thousands of dollars to Congressional candidates through their Political Action Committee (PAC). According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the NRA has spent over $3 million in 1993 and 1994 alone on campaign commercials. The NRA is one of the major organizations and the biggest in the fight for pro-gun ownership. According to polls, 65% of Americans say they would be more likely to vote for a Congressman who would not vote to repeal this. 18% said they would vote for someone who would repeal this ban and 15% said it would not affect their vote. It is important for Americans to know how their Congressmen stand on the issue. In 1981, the president at the time Ronald Reagan and his assistant, James Brady, were both shot in an assignation attempt on Reagan. Brady was paralyzed and has been ever since. The man who shot them had bought his gun no longer than a day or two before the shooting. On March of 94' a bill, quite appropriately named The Brady Bill was passed demanding a mandatory waiting period on all hand gun purchases. The period is used to do background checks on the customer. Each state

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