CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- From the massacre at Columbine High School to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, the question of gun control has taken too long to be answered.
President Obama recently released his new plan for gun control. The nation has lashed out at it, tearing at the most sane and concrete proposal the White House has been able to squeeze out into the public in recent times.
According to Obama, the new plan for gun control is to activate a ban on military-style assault weapons, improve background checks, help schools develop emergency plans and fund the Center for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
Many people and organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, do not realize Obama is not administrating military action on innocent families who own guns but is administering action against the general idea of gun violence. He is not intending to violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution, but he is trying to protect it by preventing gun violence before it turns into a larger issue than the nation can handle.
Cody Himelrick, a Pocahontas County High School junior and sport hunting enthusiast, is against Obama's gun control plan. "Crime rates have gone up big time since [Obama] started [his gun control plan]. Taking away guns from good people is just [illogical]. The bad guys will still get them."
Himelrick is not alone. The nation as a whole is concerned that the only people who will soon have guns are criminals who browse the black market. But with background checks being enforced and more strenuous, those who have previously committed crimes will find it harder to pass through the security procedures that allow them to buy guns, thus less guns will circulate to the black market.
The guns that will be most regulated are military-style assault weapons. There has been an argument over what exactly is a military-style assault weapon, but does it really matter?
Any gun that can shoot down 20 innocent children in the blink of an eye should be considered a lethal weapon. Any gun used by the military that can kill a horde of enemies should be considered a lethal weapon.