Gun control is one of the most controversial topics today. Many believe that owning a firearm is a form of self-defense, while others say an armed civilian is highly unlikely to stop a dangerous situation from escalating. By controlling who can obtain a gun, acts of violence could be greatly reduced. This gun violence prevention ad was created by the group, Moms Demand Action, as a result of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that took place in 2012. The group was started by a stay-at-home mom named Shannon Watts. Their purpose for creating the advertisement was to raise awareness nationally on the senseless acts of gun violence and to promote strict gun laws. Through different components of visual literacy, such as ethos, pathos, and …show more content…
Moms Demand Action is known all over America, with chapters in all 50 states. Partnered with the group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, they were able to unite millions of Americans to come together and make a difference at the local, state, and national levels. The audience can conclude that through this powerful image, Mom’s Demand Action is a group that is eager for change. People that believe gun control is not needed will not agree with this image. They may argue that education about gun safety is needed rather than rules that limit gun ownership. Majority of the people who oppose gun control believe that it violates the Second Amendment. The Revere Journal says that “In terms of the substance of the Second Amendment, the notion of a militia has no practical meaning today relative to what that term meant in the late 18th century. We are long past the days when farmers left the fields to become de facto soldiers, or when posses were rounded up to chase outlaws, or when settlers were on their own in a hostile environment. Some pretend that a lifestyle that no longer exists still has meaning in the America of the 21st century.” The people that agree on needing strict gun control laws will find a stronger connection to this image compared to the people who oppose
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Everyone wants a safer community to live in, and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people is the number one goal. The policies that have been proposed to accomplish this have been diverse and debated. Two sides have formed on a specific procedure to lower the gun violence: those who want age restrictions on guns to keep them out of the hands of the younger generation
A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America Latasha Custis The world today is relatively chaotic, but the book A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America, written by Saul Cornell provides an in depth version of gun laws and the journey in which it assumed form as the second amendment. Cornell a graduate of the University of Sussex, Amherst College, B.A., and the University of Pennsylvania, M.A went on to become a professor and writer. He has instructed students in history since 1986 thru 1995.
A policy supported by 67 percent of Americans support a policy where states and localities require guns to be locked up at home. There are various types of smart gun technology that exits, that can prevent anyone other than their owner from firing a given. However, gun lock requirements and smart guns have been opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies. The NRA promotes a response is solve the gun problem with more guns and aims to broaden the saturation of firearms in nearly every sphere of public and private life. In a country with more guns than people, it is not surprising that a certain number of small children are able to get their hands on unsecured firearms with tragic consequences.
Moms Demand Action is an organization created in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting back in 2012, this organization urges people and businesses to take “a common-sense approach to protecting our children and families from the growing epidemic of gun violence in America” (“Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America”). In their photo series, Moms Demand Action tries to provoke readers into thinking about why the government bans items like books and chocolate eggs with toys inside of them, but not guns. The mothers argue that the government is not doing all that they should or could be doing in order to protect United States citizens, especially the children. However, protection does not always fall into the government’s hands, parents should always be teaching their children the importance of practicing good gun safety everywhere they go. If the United States collectively created stricter laws against who is able to have guns and families practice good gun safety the threat of gun violence would dissipate.
A loose interpretation of the 2nd Amendment looks mostly at the “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”part of the 2nd Amendment, this is usually seen from a pro-gun rights supporter as an all inclusive clause which covers an individual 's right to bear arms. In contrary to gun control supporters, they see the framers setting up the 2nd Amendment as a right for individuals to bear all arms, not only for militia use,but for personal use such as hunting or sport. And any regulation that will infringe upon someone bearing arms is a violation of what the constitution guarantees for them. Having guns is right they believe to have and the way they are used can be
Proponents of more gun control laws believe that the Second Amendment was intended exclusively for militias, that gun restrictions have always existed, and that gun regulations would prevent criminals from possessing firearms. However, Opponents claim that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns, that guns are needed for self-defense, and that gun ownership helps to dissuade crime. Because of this obvious difference, proponents of stricter firearm regulation demand more laws to help prevent mass shooting, and want reform in the area of background checks. Meanwhile, opponents of gun laws often accuse the proponents of manipulating a mass tragedy in order to further strengthen their fight. Gun ownership has been a tradition within the united states since before the country itself was formed.
The use of and the owning of guns is a very hot and debated topic in society today. For many, this is a life and death debate due to the recent and numerous school shootings. These school shootings have caused an outcry for more gun control, specifically in relation to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Despite these calls, increased gun control is not the answer. Most gun owners’ use their guns responsibly and for good purposes.
In August 10, 1999, a Southern California Jewish Community Center daycare experienced a shooting, in which three-and four-year-old children were led to safety following the attack. The violent outbreak was among a long string of gun attacks in the 1990’s, which outraged the public in regards to an abstinence of gun control law. Donne Dees, a mother from New Jersey, argued that the United States should have regulated gun control and in response organized The Million Moms March for Mother’s Day in the year 2000. The purpose of the Million Moms March was to bring awareness to “sensible gun laws”, advocate for gun control to the National Rifle Association, and put Congress accountable for creating solutions to gun violence (Wallack, Winett, & Nettekoven,
The Second Amendment says, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Gun rights has become the subject of intense political, social, and cultural battles for much of the last century. The pro-gun right side has asserted that the right to arms was absolute, and that any gun control laws infringed that right (Kopel, 2013). This right has been supported by the Supreme Court who has reinforced what has become the American consensus that the Second Amendment allows the right to keep and bear arms, especially for self-defense, and that it is a fundamental individual
Ever since the inception of this country 240 years ago, guns have been an integral part of the American identity; a sense of lawlessness, individualism, personal autonomy and freedom. They were the tools that liberated us, and gave us independence over a tyrannical, unrepresentative empire. However, in more recent years, these tools have been used more and more frequently in mass shootings, some of which are occurring at schools, targeting teachers and children. Since the infamous shooting at Columbine High School 19 years ago, we have had several shootings at schools, and we tend to get “thoughts and prayers”, a gesture with good intentions, but little actual progress made. This problem can be contributed to the increasing power of guns, and a lack of mental health coverage, gun
The emotions this ad stirs are very powerful. The familiar male NRA silhouette target on top of weathered brown paper is a normal sight (States United To Prevent Gun Violence). However, within the silhouette are two outlines of a woman and a baby. The image resembles a family. On top the targets are number scores with the bull’s-eye in the center of the baby’s head and in the top left corner of the ad there is a scorecard.
Everyday in the United States, ninety families are changed forever; guns claim an average of ninety lives every day in the United States, 33,000 lives in a single year. Gun control has been a debate in the United States for many years and is constantly thrusted back into the public’s attention by horrific shootings. These shootings constantly cause individuals to petition the government to place stricter and stricter regulations of guns. However, these policies cannot be the solution to this problem. To determine a solution that will be both effective and constitutional, we must look at statistics and research that has been conducted to determine the best course of action.
One of the most controversial issues our nation faces today is gun control laws. This controversy has been created due to the different interpretations of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution which states the right of citizens to bear arms; “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (Cornell Law School). Anti-gun control laws believe that the amendment guarantees the right to bear any kind of firearms. On the other hand, we have does that believe that more controls laws should be implemented since the 2nd amendment was for the right of States to have an armed militia during wartime. Both sides have strong point, however, the safety of our children comes first, and a firearm means death in the wrong hands.
Since the Second Amendments’ ratification in 1791, Americans still debate with one another, because of its many controversy views. The amendment allows every citizen of the United States the right to own guns and to defend themselves when in danger. The problem arises when the laws being set are restricting people from their rights. There are so many gun control laws, varying from state to state. The development of arguments surrounding gun control correlates to the increased violence and altercations related to the use of fire weapons.
“Just in 2018 there has been 18 school shootings, on average per week” (snopes:How many school shootings have taken place so far in 2018). The incidents that have occurred have been a big impact in people 's lives. Yet no one with power has spoken about the problems regarding the recent shooting. See, there are two main sides of gun control, the side that agrees and the side that doesn’t. People who agree believe that no one should be able to own a gun, or that there should simply be stricter gun control laws.