Gun control in America is a “hot button” issue that typically gets attention in the mainstream media following gun related tragedies. In recent years, these tragedies usually involve mass shootings. While there is nothing funny about the mass murder of American people, the debates that often follow these events can sometimes resemble a “three ring circus”. Proponents of gun control believe that current laws do not address the issue of gun violence. Advocates of gun rights feel that the current laws either go too far or that more regulation would be too much. The following political cartoons address some of the issues in American gun control policy.
The right to own guns is provided for in the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In Figure 1, President Obama has used his executive order “stamp” to stamp “void where prohibited by law” on the second amendment. This action implies that Obama could use an executive order to prohibit the right to bear arms. In actuality, Obama did issue twenty-five executive orders regarding gun control in 2013, none of which banned the right to own firearms (Bramble 2014). The second amendment states, “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.” Prior to the Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). The second amendment was usually interpreted as the right of the Militia, not an individual right. However, since the Supreme Court held that the second amendment protects individual right to possess a firearm not limited to service in an organized militia (District of Columbia v. Heller 2008), very few gun laws have b...
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...alludes to the fact that gun control issues typically warrant attention after an occurrence of gun violence. This cartoon effectively brings to light that gun control issues are not being addressed at all, and that the same old arguments are used time and again (Blocher 2014).
All of these political cartoons effectively address several issues in gun control policy. For instance, the fact that in recent years, legislation has done next to nothing about gun control issues. Also, that mental health and gun control might be related but, the current method of enforcement is ineffective. Finally, that gun control issues only receive attention after tragedies related to gun violence (Bramble 2014). Advocates on either side of the debate have to admit that the issue of gun control is currently a “three ring circus”. The real question is, will it continue to be a “circus”?
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