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In this text the central idea is that gun violence can be stopped by enforcing gun control and making it harder to get guns. In support of their central idea, the author writes that,”We need to become the kind of country that looks at guns for what they are: weapons that kill. And treat them with the kind of respect that insists they be harder to get and safer to use.” This supports the central idea because they are saying that we need to basically make it almost impossible to get a gun. The author also writes,”And then we need to become the kind of country that says the lives of children are more valuable than the right to weapons that have killed them, time and again.” This supports their central idea because it is saying that the lives of the people who die due to gun violence is more valuable than that of the second amendment . A final piece of evidence that supports their central idea is when the author writes,” taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and people who abuse alcohol, would lower our gun violence rate as a nation. But it would require elected officials to detach themselves from the gun lobby.” This supports the central idea because it is saying that the government needs to be more strict with gun rights and gun control.

In my opinion this does sound like the most reasonable and easy solution to this problem but that is only if the government can make sure these people just don’t get their guns illegally. What is the point of taking these guns away from everyone if the criminals can just continue to obtain them illegally like they’ve always have. This helps me answer one of my research questions because it shows that the government does not know any other way to lower gun violence other than violating everyone’s 2nd amendment right.

A question I still have is, what is the government doing to lower gun violence other than just making it hard to get guns?

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