English the age of 18. Overall, the editorial

English Comp I09/13/04Gun Control vs.

Gun RightsThe author discusses the issue of gun control vs. gun rights. Hestates “gun rights organizations have been more successful than guncontrol organizations because they have been paying off and supporting alot more important people than the gun control organizations.” He “that gunrights organizations, like the National Rifle Association, have given morethan $17 million dollars in contributions to federal candidates andpolitical party committees since 1989, While gun control organizations haveonly given $1.7 million dollars to federal candidates and political partycommittees since 1989.”The author seems to base his whole argument on how much money the gunrights organizations, mainly the National Rifle Association, seem to give.

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He really seems to focus a lot on the NRA. The author states “the NRAwields an enormous amount of influence in Washington. The source of thatinfluence is money. The National Rifle Association is by far the gun rightslobby’s biggest donor, having contributed more than $14 million dollars.”The author, however, did not count contributions from individuals.According to America’s First Freedom, “Globalist billionaire George Sorosis pouring perhaps as much as $30 million dollars into left-wing guncontrol organizations and political party committees.” ( Norell, 37).

Gunrights organizations do give quite a bit of moneyDarrell HinchEnglish Comp I09/13/04to different political party committees, but they are not paying anyone offthey are simply supporting the candidates that support the secondamendment.The editorial was supposed to be how gun control or gun rights willaffect the American people, but it turned into how the NRA is controllingthe battle between gun control and gun rights. The only thing that he saidthat had to do with the affect on the American people is that “it will be akey issue in the presidential election because most democrats feel thattheir support of the assault weapons ban cost them control of the House andSenate in 1994, and that the gun control issue hurt Al Gore’s standing inkey states during the 2000 presidential election.”I think that the presidential election is important but I think thathe should have gone into more detail with things like how crime wouldincrease or decrease if we were to take guns out of the hands of citizens.I think that the editorial would have been much better if he would havegotten a few statistics from countries that have extreme gun control likeGreat Britain, where not even the police have guns, or taken statisticsfrom the Netherlands where you are required to carry a gun if you are overthe age of 18.

Overall, the editorial had a few good points and some good pieces ofinformation, but I feel that his argument was a little weak. Instead ofdiscussing which would be better for the American people, he rambled on andon aboutDarrell HinchEnglish Comp I09/13/04how the NRA is like a monopoly when in comes to gun control and the secondamendment. He also lacked information on the gun control groups, he focusedmostly on the gun rights groups and their supporters.

Darrell HinchEnglish Comp I9/13/04 Works CitedAnonymous. “Gun Control vs. Gun Rights”. Opensecrets.org. 9/10/04.

9/13/04. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/gunsNorell, James O.

E. “The Man Who Would Be King”. America’s First FreedomVol 5 No 4. Ed. Mark Chesnut.

Fairfax, Va. National RifleAssociation.Pgs 37-38


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