Argumentative Essay On Gun Violence

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The NRA has also tried to argue that the issue of guns to cultural aspects of family structure by blaming the “decline in family values” for mass shooters becoming radicalized. The term “family values” has also become a stand-in for a host of socially conservative beliefs about gender and marriage, which are espoused by the religious right. It is true in the case of the Parkland shooter that foster parents raised him. However, this was because his mother died of pneumonia when he was young. Consequentially there is not that much that anyone could have done in this situation regardless of how much “family-values” are present in society. This plays into the hand of the NRA by making the problem of gun violence a cultural rather than political…show more content…
At the start of LaPierre’s CPAC speech, he gives his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the Parkland shooting. These kinds of statements of moral support have triggered pushback from gun control advocates, who have criticized the idea that providing “thoughts and prayers” does anything to help people. This centers on the idea that moral support is not enough to stop violence and obfuscate the real problem behind a veil of compassion. The NRA often uses “thoughts and prayers” to try and take gun control out of the political realm and only deal with it as a cultural issue. Often these calls for “thoughts and prayers” are accompanied with the argument that politicians should wait to discuss gun control in the aftermath of shootings out of respect to the victims. This argument tries to invert gun control advocates usage of victims to promote legislation by painting gun control advocates as insensitive. It also delays the policy discussion of gun law until public interest dissipates and moves on to more recent events in the news. By stalling for time with this diversion, the NRA can avoid ever to have to deal with policy questions about guns by exploiting people’s shortening attention span and the media’s 24-hour cycle that causes new stories to replace old ones in a

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