Bringing Back the Conversation about Gun Laws

Bringing Back the Conversation about Gun Laws

The conversation around gun control has fallen to the wayside, even during the 2020 presidential race (Courtesy of Twitter). Gun control is one of the most controversial and divisive issues in America, which makes it all the more strange that we haven’t heard much about it in the past year. To be sure, with COVID-19, Black Lives Matter protests, the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and several other noteworthy events, the country has been engaged in debates on many other issues for much of the year. However, to forget about gun control and each candidates’ respective positions on the issue prior to the election is a crucial error. Just as these other issues bear immense weight on the well-being of society, creating responsible and effective gun control laws do, as well. Therefore, we must fight to keep these issues front and center until change occurs. As far as their positions on gun control, Trump and Biden are predictably polar opposites. The NRA spent more than $30 million on Trump’s victory in 2016, an investment that has paid dividends in the last four years. Trump has loosened federal gun regulations and appointed numerous conservative federal judges. He even designated gun businesses as “essential” during COVID-19 lockdowns. According to the Los Angeles Times , Trump also reversed an Obama-era law “restricting gun purchases by people deemed by the Social Security Administration to be mentally unable to manage their affairs.” Furthermore, Trump suggested arming teachers across the country after […]

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