2016). For example, between 2008 and 2010, gun control issue reached the highest court in thecountry and resulted in landmark rulings that have continued to define the direction that thedebate takes. In 2008, the Supreme Court, in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, held thatthe Constitution protects one’s right to own a gun for personal use. However, the 5-4 decisiononly made reference to the federal laws and failed to address how states and local governmentscan deal with the issue (Doherty, 2017). Therefore, in its 2010 ruling, the court indicated that thefederal right to have arms applies to state and local levels. While the lobby group, the NationalRifle Association hailed the ruling as a breakthrough because the decision failed to specify thekind of a gun that one can own as stipulated in the Second Amendment (Doherty, 2017). In myopinion, what arises from these verdicts is that the nation is afflicted by the differing sides of the
GUN CONTROL7debate. It is, however, imperative to understand that gun control is an essential national issue thataffects millions of Americans, especially those going to colleges and universities It is factual that over thirty thousand Americans die annually due to gun- related violenceand crime. Therefore, having stringent gun control laws can help in saving lives, especiallyyoung lives lost in on- campus shootings in different colleges and universities across the country.Gun control laws have been viewed as a politically divisive issue for both proponents and theopposing camp. It suffices to note that such legislations may not serve the interests of the entirecountry but a section who feel that their interests have been addressed (Pew Research Center,2016). I believe that gun control laws are an essential component to reducing the overall rate ofcrime and providing an opportunity to the law enforcement agents to carry out their dutieswithout any fear.Why the issue of Gun Control is NewsworthyMy perception of any information that is categorized as news is that it is aimed atcreating public awareness concerning matters that affect the society. I, therefore, believe that guncontrol is newsworthy. We cannot deny the fact that many people die each year as a result ofgun-related violence. It is evident that the number of guns in public hands pauses security threatsto both users and non-users. Illuminating the subject of gun control, therefore, seeks to enlightenthe society about the need to monitor the possession of firearms, an issue that significantlyaffects the security of the students and the citizens in the entire nation. Consequently, it can bestated that gun control is a subject that deserves more attention. Gun control is also a newsworthy topic because it has raised numerous legislativecontentions. As noted earlier, controversies have emerged concerning whether to control thepossession of rifles. A section of the society and legislative officials believe that gun control
GUN CONTROL8should be implemented while another contends this view. The back and forth bickeringconcerning legislation in Washington and at state level implies that gun control will be anincessant debate in the society. I believe that it is vital to have stringent rules or to have
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