Does Gun Policy Need to Change?

Is Gun Policy Changing? Where? Are you talking about laws or policy? Is this about schools, states, or the country?

In the wake of the Umpqua Community College shooting, in Roseberg, Oregon there has been great debate in the realm of gun policy in the U.S. Nine people were killed in the shooting and their ages ranged from 18-67.

After shooting the victims, the assailant exchanged gunfire for sometime with police before committing suicide. Investigators say they found 14 firearms linked to the shooter. The shooter served in the Army from November to December of 2008 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, but was “discharged for failing to meet the minimum administrative standards,” the Pentagon said.

President Obama has had his fair share of shootings while in office and he decided to make an address. Hes addressed the media 14 times on nine different occasions. In his speech about the incident, he said, “”Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this.”

People seem to be upset with the way the policy is now, and they hope to see a change in policy. A lot of people don’t know if they want to have that burden of carrying a firearm as they believe this is what causes a lot of the problems.

The National Association of Firearms hold much of the power because they have a lot of money and can lobby to keep things the way they are. While they also have the secondment amendment on their side, many argue that this is an out dated rule and we should adjust with the changing time and new society.

It’s hard to say what exactly is going to happen with this policy. People don’t seem to understand that people who are inclined to do crazy things like shootings, will do them with whatever tool they need, be it gun, knife, bat, or stick, they will do it no matter what. Having stricter guidelines and having in-depth psychological and background can narrow these incidents down, even if it is a fraction of a fraction.Empowering people and giving them their “15 minutes of fame,” is also a big reason these events occur and the media need to stop “glorifying” the people responsible for atrocious acts, making it easier to go along with the act because it motivates them.

There are so many uncertainties in policy and with just weapons in general, but one thing is for certain these shootings need to stop.

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