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Gun Control and the Media

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The gun control debate has been in the news a lot lately. Their are two clear sides to the debate. One side states that they don’t want their second amendment rights taken away. While the other side sees guns as dangerous and wants reforms set in place so that certain people can’t have access to them. Some are against reform that, “private citizens who own guns are constantly told by gun-control advocates that only fully trained government agents should be allowed to possess and use guns” (Krey 41). The pro gun reform advocates see this because of the number of shootings that have happened in the past years. They also attribute our violent culture to one of the reasons the shooting rates have gun up. The pro gun reform advocates have used different outlets throughout the media to get their message out and try to start a movement, in which they are trying to get the public to have the same view point as them. This goes for the pro gun reform and anti gun reform groups. The media has a huge impact on how the public views gun ownership through their coverage.
In order to talk about how the news media covers this movement one must understand how these movements started. Their are two sides to issue. One side is for gun reform in which they want laws and reforms to be passed that would have stricter guidelines as to who can own guns. The opposing side has a strong belief in the second amendment which reads; “ 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.” This gives the pro gun rights advocates the idea that everyone in the United States has a right to a gun, because the Constitution says so. This paper will focus on t...

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...t around 400 people looking at their page that they wouldn't otherwise have through one person liking their page. Once this is multiplied by hundreds of likes the message spreads very quickly.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), has been very outspoken when it comes to gun rights. They have been the major spokesperson for the gun rights group. After a shooting occurs the leader (get the name) Lapiere comes out and says that guns are making us safer. Many congressman and senators are the Republican Party also believe in gun rights. They will hold press conferences to talk about the importance of the second amendment and they will also say that the pro gun legislation advocates are trying to take America's guns away. This kind of rhetoric gets people anxious.
The first major mass shooting was in 1999, when two students killed students at Columbine in 1999.
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