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Post Election America Waits To See How Trump Affects Long-Running Gun Debate

By Cassity Stewart

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in charge of protecting our modes of transportation and stopping things like from 9/11 from happening before they have a chance to. But, what do we do when one of the biggest threats surrounding our country is internal?

Gun control has always been an issue that has divided the public. Since gun violence and mass shootings have become pretty much a regular thing in America, the public should have reached a conclusion to at least ban military-grade weapons. But, they haven’t and it’s time that happens.

According to Gun Violence archive, there have been 8 mass shootings in the first 10 days of 2017 alone, and when the Pulse Nightclub Massacre happened in June 2016, it marked almost 1,000 mass shootings since Sandy Hook in 2012.

With Donald Trump finally sworn into office and a new administration settling in, one of the first issues that is being handled is the Second Amendment, but not the way that it should be.

Trump has always made it clear that he supports the Second Amendment fully. On January 14, 2016 at the Republican debate, after being asked about the gun laws in place after the Charleston Church Shootings in June 2015, Trump responded, “I am a 2nd amendment person. If we had guns in California on the other side where the bullets went in the different direction, you wouldn’t have 14 or 15 people dead right now.”

In the same debate, Trump does say that he wants to start looking into why the number of mass shootings has gone up in recent years. He said, “We have a huge mental health problem in this country. We’re closing hospitals, we’re closing wards, we’re closing so many because the states want to save money. We have to get back into looking at what’s causing it. The guns don’t pull the trigger. It’s the people that pull the trigger and we have to find out what is going on.”

What he said was true, but the problem is that he is ignoring a glaring problem with America’s views on guns in today’s world. Civilians shouldn’t be carrying military-level weapons in the first place, and after the Fort Lauderdale shooting on January 6, 2017, almost a year after Trump attended the Republican Debate, nothing has changed from the danger we face every  day as Americans, and that needs to happen.

Though it’s unclear what he plans to do about all these issues over the next four years, he spoke out about the rise in gun violence in cities on Twitter. On January 24, 2017, Trump tweeted out, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shooting in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”

Though some things that he said about these particular cases are cryptic, there are endless possibilities to how he will handle the problems at hand.

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