The Gun Control Debate

Written by Kenny Du

The gun control debate in America is a battle between personal freedom and public safety. For nearly 160 years, there were no limits torepparttar Second Amendment, which guarantees "the right ofrepparttar 149907 people to keep and bear arms." In 1934, however, and especially inrepparttar 149908 last four decades, Americans have begun to proscribe and debaterepparttar 149909 extent of that right. The National Firearms Act of 1934 wasrepparttar 149910 first restriction on gun rights in American history. As a result, fully automatic weapons are available only after an extensive background check onrepparttar 149911 owner.

In 1968,repparttar 149912 term "gun control" gained new meaning withrepparttar 149913 passage ofrepparttar 149914 federal Gun Control Act. Ratified inrepparttar 149915 wake of two important political assassinations -- Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. --repparttar 149916 Act requires that all guns carry serial numbers forever tied torepparttar 149917 original purchaser. Additionally, it prohibited gun ownership by convicted felons and, as a result of a 1990s amendment, it requires a criminal background check for purchasers atrepparttar 149918 time of sale.

Certain states have their own gun control legislation, although all are governed byrepparttar 149919 federal Act of 1968. Individual states can deem their own levels of restriction on concealed weapons and “open carry,” orrepparttar 149920 visible transporting of a weapon. And restrictions vary widely by state, with New York and Illinois seen asrepparttar 149921 most restrictive and Arizona and Texas,repparttar 149922 most relaxed.


Written by The Indy Voice

A popular political party that rose to tremendous power inrepparttar 20th century,repparttar 149854 Republican party redefinedrepparttar 149855 nation's political agenda and dramatically reshapedrepparttar 149856 role of government inrepparttar 149857 private lives of its citizens.

The resilience ofrepparttar 149858 party was observed throughout such morally testing times asrepparttar 149859 Nixon resignation andrepparttar 149860 Iran-Contra affair hearings. The party was symbolized by an elephant and possessedrepparttar 149861 animal-like quality of stubbornness that was often imitated but never duplicated.

Placing an inordinate amount of "political capital" in an oft repeated but rarely defined term known as "values,"repparttar 149862 contradiction betweenrepparttar 149863 party's actions and its rhetoric onrepparttar 149864 subject ultimately lead to its demise. The beginning ofrepparttar 149865 end started on November 7th, 2000 with a great revolutionary crisis that eventually causedrepparttar 149866 party to wind up onrepparttar 149867 ash heap of history.

The party is survived by 62,040,610 bewildered citizens. Eventually those that supportedrepparttar 149868 party came to learn of its great hypocrisy and strict adherence to its single tenet of profit and power before country.

The beginnings ofrepparttar 149869 schism which ultimately lead to an unrepairable fracture ofrepparttar 149870 party was fostered byrepparttar 149871 group's recruitment of corporations andrepparttar 149872 religious right, who's competing interests and dogmas were too diametrically opposed for a public ultimately concerned with political pragmatism. The final shot torepparttar 149873 great political beast was administered byrepparttar 149874 ideologue and capitalist President George W. Bush, who embodied whatrepparttar 149875 party had morphed into, from a pragmatic and benevolent organization intorepparttar 149876 world's biggest corporate and religious special interest group.

Bush, while leadingrepparttar 149877 party towardsrepparttar 149878 "ash heap," never came to realize that his wanton lust for power and profit would never allow his moral motivations to be ratified. Some claim that this internal tug-of-war was created by Bush's political master, Karl Rove, conclusions cannot be easily drawn except to say that Rove's obvious Machiavellian machinations lead a majority ofrepparttar 149879 public to questionrepparttar 149880 validity of their initial judgement thatrepparttar 149881 party and its leaders were trustworthy. In fact, while many ofrepparttar 149882 religious right claimed that there did indeed exist a morally unambiguous truth, their observations ofrepparttar 149883 Bush administration andrepparttar 149884 Republican party lead them to believe that truth asrepparttar 149885 party observed it was malleable and justice would only be dished out to those who dare questionrepparttar 149886 right ofrepparttar 149887 ruler to rule.

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