We, the People, Un-united on Gun Control

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un control in the United States refers to any legal measures or acts intended to prevent or restrict the possession of the use of guns, particularly firearms. Gun Control has become a seemingly huge problem in the present time of the U.S. Mass shootings have been a key reason why the U.S. is trying to pass stricter gun laws, for the safety of our people.

The Trump administration is expected to announce its proposal to curb gun violence as soon as next week. But after the Democrats’ huge controversial debate on gun control, what the president will support is pretty unclear. After the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Trump called for gun control legislation. Trump stated on 9 August, “I’m talking about meaningful, meaningful background checks,” Later, on 21 August, Trump stated, “We already have very serious background checks.”

Since then, the president has called mass shootings a mental health issue and criticized Democrats. Trump clarifies, “Democrats want to confiscate guns from law-abiding Americans, so they are totally defenseless when somebody walks into their house with a gun.” This was practically a summarization to Democrat Beto O’ Rourke’s words. “Heck yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans anymore.” Many Americans supported his statement. Now, many democrats fear O’Rourke’s words will be used against their efforts to pass new gun laws. “I frankly think that this clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying that democrats are coming for your guns,” said Democratic Senator Chris Coons.

The White House wants the president to be seen as taking some action on gun control. The majority of Americans support tougher gun laws. But Trump’s base is not as supportive and the president does not want to risk angering them going into the election year.