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US Gun Control Dilemma: More Shooting Incidents Lead To Gun Sales Increase – OpEd

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By Jared DeLuna

In response to the Colorado tragedy that shook America last week, Democrats are now pushing for new measures on stricter gun laws. The issue became even more urgent after latest shooting incident at Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. In the meantime, gun manufactures are having a hard time keeping up with American demands for guns.

The Brady Campaign, the biggest gun control advocate group in America has called for the government to take a stance against guns. The group is currently urging people to sign an online petition that will tell Congress to take bigger steps in producing tougher gun laws.

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The Democrats have seemed to listen to the group as they have started to implement a new bill. This bill introduced by six Democrats would ban the sale of bulk ammunition online, require photo ids to purchase a gun as well as require stores to report on those that buy 1,000 or more rounds.

While this may seem like it will help curve the amount of gun crimes in America, John Lott the writer of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns believes otherwise.

“The proposal would make rules for buying ammunition the same as for buying a gun. But the Colorado killer was able to legally buy a gun from a dealer and, under the proposal; he still would have been able to buy the ammunition. The requirement of a photo ID seems equally irrelevant in this case.” John Lott said to The Voice of Russia

The White House has stated that President Obama will be evaluating the bill, however they would not state if he would put his support behind the bill.

The massacre may have sparked talks in gun regulations; Democrats and gun control advocates are finding it hard to sway the public opinion on guns. The new bill looks like it will be dead in the water, thanks to those Republicans that currently control the House of Representatives.

They have stated that they would not be supporting any gun regulations and will be knocking any bill that comes their way down. Although all this has not stopped Americans from fearing this new potential problem in buying guns.

Americans are now buying up guns in record numbers. According to Strum, Ruger & Co. the number one American gun manufacturer, guns are just flying off the shelves.

Michael O. Fifer, the CEO, said in a statement released to the public “Despite the company’s continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders.”

The rival company Smith & Wesson has had similar success in selling their weapons. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has also stated that “you cannot stop criminals from gaining access to gun if you impose more gun control regulations”.

John Lott commented, “Does anyone really believe that even a 20 or 30 percent increase in the price of ammo would be the difference that stopped someone intent on committing suicide or spending the rest of their lives in jail from buying ammo? It isn’t like these guys have to worry about making payments on past due credit card bills.”

Democrats and gun control advocates are sure to be treading lightly on this very hot topic. While the gun manufactures as well as the gun rights groups will be sure to block anything that they try to push.

Fighting against guns is a tough pill to swallow for Democrats. They must tread lightly while imposing new laws for if they make one mistake they could not only cost Obama the presidency, but more importantly alienate many Independent voters. With the support for gun control slowly on the decline, many Americans will be going back to their daily lives worrying about the weak economy.

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VOR, or the Voice of Russia, was the Russian government's international radio broadcasting service from 1993 until 2014, when it was reorganised as Radio Sputnik.

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