Gun Control vs. Gun Rights


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The author discusses the issue of gun control vs. gun rights. He states “gun rights organizations have been more successful than gun control organizations because they have been paying off and supporting a lot more important people than the gun control organizations.” He “that gun rights organizations, like the National Rifle Association, have given more than $17 million dollars in contributions to federal candidates and political party committees since 1989, While gun control organizations have only given $1.7 million dollars to federal candidates and political party committees since 1989.”


The author seems to base his whole argument on how much money the gun rights organizations, mainly the National Rifle Association, seem to give. He really seems to focus a lot on the NRA. The author states “the NRA wields an enormous amount of influence in Washington. The source of that influence is money. The National Rifle Association is by far the gun rights lobby’s biggest donor, having contributed more than $14 million dollars.” The author, however, did not count contributions from individuals. According to America’s First Freedom, “Globalist billionaire George Soros is pouring perhaps as much as $30 million dollars into left-wing gun control organizations and political party committees.” ( Norell, 37). Gun rights organizations do give quite a bit of money


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to different political party committees, but they are not paying anyone off they are simply supporting the candidates that support the second amendment.


The editorial was supposed to be how gun control or gun rights will affect the American people, but it turned into how the NRA is controlling the battle between gun control and gun rights. The only thing that he said that had to do with the affect on the American people is that “it will be a key issue in the presidential election because most democrats feel that their support of the assault weapons ban cost them control of the House and Senate in 1994, and that the gun control issue hurt Al Gore’s standing in key states during the 2000 presidential election.”


I think that the presidential election is important but I think that he should have gone into more detail with things like how crime would increase or decrease if we were to take guns out of the hands of citizens. I think that the editorial would have been much better if he would have gotten a few statistics from countries that have extreme gun control like Great Britain, where not even the police have guns, or taken statistics from the Netherlands where you are required to carry a gun if you are over the age of 18.


Overall, the editorial had a few good points and some good pieces of information, but I feel that his argument was a little weak. Instead of discussing which would be better for the American people, he rambled on and on about


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how the NRA is like a monopoly when in comes to gun control and the second amendment. He also lacked information on the gun control groups, he focused mostly on the gun rights groups and their supporters.



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Works Cited


Anonymous. “Gun Control vs. Gun Rights”. Opensecrets.org. 9/10/04.


9/13/04. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/guns


Norell, James O. E. “The Man Who Would Be King”. America’s First Freedom


Vol 5 No 4. Ed. Mark Chesnut. Fairfax, Va. National Rifle Association.


Pgs 37-38