America Needs Gun Control

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When looking at all of the important issues of today’s society, one of the most neglected issues revolves around guns. Guns serve two different purposes: to defend and to kill. Even though I’ve been on this Earth for only 21 years, I’ve become keen and have taken an interest in the study of guns and how they pose more problems in society than any other issue. My interest all started around the time of the Columbine shooting in Colorado and how society has taken steps since that point in history. Going back to the two different purposes, both have been used to help explain the differences in the distinctions of different gun related events that continue to occur, such as mass shootings. Problem analysis, as stated, will help to explain how guns can be seen differently from each individual and what can be gained or lost from a deep analysis. The first step in problem analysis is to define the problem. Defining the problem, as described by Kraft and Furlong on page 161, is just to simply find a problem and describe it. As mentioned previously, I’ve noticed that as time has gone on since the Columbine shooting in 1999, there has been a growing issue with guns and the number of mass shootings that take place (CNN Library). To take this step further, there is also the issue of how they’re obtained and who are obtaining the guns. But how would the issue with guns be defined even further? I’d say: those with mental issues and those with violent criminal records, due to the lack of regulation placed by the country, are left to having accesses to too many guns. This definition helps to create a boundary in the area of research of guns, being the amount of access and who accesses them, and how both depend on each other for an answer. Can thi... ... middle of paper ... ...n-the-united-states/. (November 15, 2013). Kraft, Michael E., and Scott R. Furlong. 2013. Public policy: Politics, analysis, and alternatives, Anonymous Anonymous , ed. Charisse Kiino . 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications. Langer,Gary. 2013. “After Newtown Shootings, most Back some Gun Controls, Poll shows.” ABC News (January 14, 2013). Library, CNN. 2013. “25 Deadliest Mass Shootings In U.S. History Fast Facts.” November 22. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/16/us/20-deadliest-mass-shootings-in-u-s-history-fast-facts/ (November 22, 2013). Paul Mountjoy, “Gun Control and Mental Health,” The Washington Times, March 28, 2013, sec Communities. Unit, CNN Political. 2013. “Support for stricter gun control fades.” December 6. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/04/cnn-poll-support-for-stricter-gun- control-fades/ (December 6, 2013).

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