The Politics of Gun Control Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Politics of Gun Control
A brief look at the positions of the executive branch, political parties and interest groups on gun control.
# 39196 | 742 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 06, 2003 in Political Science (U.S.) , Hot Topics (Gun Control)

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This paper identifies the President's position, the position of the Democratic Party and the meaning of the Second Amendment with regards to gun control. The paper assesses the tactics of the gun control interest groups and reveals that with very limited legal or constitutional backing, and only minimal support in both the Republican and Democratic parties, the gun-ban lobby has turned to extreme tactics hoping to have an impact far beyond their actual democratic support.

The Presidential Position
The Democratic Position
The Second Amendment
The Gun-Ban Lobby

From the Paper:

"Ostensibly, the Democrats take a stronger stand on gun control. However, viewing their websites it would be hard to determine that, they seem to be hiding on the issue. At the home page of the Democratic National Committee a search brings up four links to guns. They are all speeches by DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe and in everyone he argues that the Democrats support responsible gun use. In July 2002 he told the Montana State Democratic Party Convention "I grew up with guns. I hunted as a boy in upstate New York, and I continue to hunt today... I will not lead a political party that would defy the sporting tradition that is so deeply embedded in the American cultural fabric."
"In a similar fashion visiting Senator Joseph Liebermann's home page, a Senator who co-sponsored a gun-control bill, there is no mention of that in his official biography. It is difficult to conclude that even the Democratic Party strongly supports gun control. Moreover, even if they did, they would confront the simple fact that after November 8, 2002 the Republicans control the House and Senate. Nationally, politically it is difficult to find meaning full support for gun control."

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