Like most political issues, gun control has two polar sides.
Liberals: With President Obama as their figure head, the liberals are pushing PRO-gun control laws and ANTI-gun rights.
Conservatives: The conservatives are ANTI-gun control laws and PRO-gun rights with the NRA as their figure head.
There have been many events in recent years that have triggered national debate over who should be allowed to use guns and what restrictions we should put on them. You can see from the following list that major shootings/massacres are one example of such events. (CNN, 2013):
- April 20, 1999 – Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Two student shooters kill twelve fellow students and one teacher.
- April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech shooting in Blacksburg, Virginia. The shooter was a student named Seung-Hui Cho. He shot and killed 32 people and then himself.
- December 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newton, Connecticut. Adam Lanza shoots and kills 20 children, six adults, his mother and then himself.
- July 20, 2013 – “Batman Shooting” in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes shoots and kills twelve and injures fifty-eight in a movie theatre during a showing of Batman.
- September 16, 2013 – Washington Navy Yard shooting. Aaron Alexis kills twelve people.
One thing that is consistent across the United States of America is that this is a sensitive issue that people are very passionate about on both sides, and for good reasons. Another constant is that these are generally good people who have good intentions and want to stop accidental injuries, and deaths due to various reasons but with one common factor, guns.