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Gun Violence vs. Politics

Gun violence – for better or worse – is a more prevalent issue as I discussed in a previous post. Unfortunately, people’s thoughts about the topic are just as divisive. The gun violence issue is one that more people talk – or argue – about. Nonetheless, the problem persists.

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Gun Violence has become more prevalent and the discussion is still divisive

School Violence

Despite school shootings in recent years – and our desire to stop them – they keep happening. Specifically, according to CNN, STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado saw nine students shot with one fatality (Kendrick Ray Castillo). Two shooters were later arrested.

However, that wasn’t the only recent shooting.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, according to The Charlotte Observer, was also attacked by a shooter in which two people (Riley Howell and Ellis “Reed” Parlier) were fatally shot while trying to take down the shooter.

While Lecturer Laura Tamberelli was unharmed, she is not happy.

“I am safe but I am angry,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I stood in class tonight when a student interrupted to say, ‘A friend of mine is saying there’s an active shooter on campus.’ I had moments to decide if it was safe to get them out or risk being trapped in a basement classroom without a door that locks. I got them out. I watched my students as sheer terror struck them. I saw people running across campus toward their cars. My heart breaks for those who didn’t make it off campus tonight and I am furious that this is a fear we had to face.”

The problem of gun violence still exists. While people have their own views about how to solve the problem, most agree that something needs to be done.

That agreement is now part of our political spectrum.

Gun Violence and Politics in 2020

Those that follow the 2020 Democratic election candidates know that the issue of gun violence is now a heated topic of discussion. ABC News reported several Democratic candidates have discussed what they want to do about the issue.

Sen. Booker

However, some are talking about it more than others. CNN reports Sen. Cory Booker unveiled a plan that some consider “sweeping.”

“We will make it harder for people who should not have a gun to get one,” he said.

Sen. Harris

However, he’s not the only one. Sen. Kamala Harris proposed executive orders if Congress doesn’t act.

According to The New York Times, “at a town hall hosted by CNN, Ms. Harris said that, if elected, she would sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year. The executive actions would also include more stringent regulation of gun manufacturers that could result in revoked licenses or prosecution, as well as an attempt to close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase guns if their victim is an unwedded partner.”

Sen. Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, however, has different views on gun violence. NBC News reported that his previous votes may tell a different story.

According to the network, he “supported a 2005 law backed by the National Rifle Association granting gun manufacturers broad legal protections and was one of 59 Democrats to vote for the legislation in the GOP-led House.”

Regardless of people’s stances on the gun violence issue, many realize changes are necessary – and politicians are listening. While many disagree on the solution, the conversation continues to grow.

Many Democrats running in next years election have their own view on the gun violence issue. Regardless of your own views, doing the research will help you find out where each candidate stands.

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