Policy Round Up: Gun Control

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Shanel Adams
Shanel Adams Shanel Adams is an editorial assistant with GlobalPolicy.tv. She is a public relations major, political science minor at Howard University originally from Detroit. Shanel is passionate about poverty alleviation and political participation.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., brought the nation together in grief. Like all-too-many similar occurrences in this nation’s history, it has also reignited a debate on gun control laws. Here is a round up of what experts of color are saying about gun violence and how what happened in Newtown is an unfortunate example of why gun control reform is imperative.

U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) say the U.S. needs more restrictions on who can buy and own guns:

“We should reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban, a law on the books until 2004 that prevented dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of violent criminals, and fully support implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to ensure dangerous individuals who are already barred by federal law from owning a gun cannot buy guns online or at gun shows.” 

Read the full article in the Huffington Post.

Mickey Ibarra stresses that gun control should be a top policy concern for Latinos:

“Latinos are right to be concerned about gun laws because, as a community, Latinos, and especially young Latino males, are particularly vulnerable and more likely to die as a result of gun violence than white males. In fact, among Latinos ages 15-24, homicide is the second leading cause of death, according to federal data. Latino communities also bear a disproportionate share of violence-related death and injury, compared with the general population.” 

Read the full article in Roll Call.

Clarence B. Jones, suggests that the U.S. also needs to address a pervasive culture of violence:

“The more recent mass killings suggest that the political fight during the past several decades about gun control is really only the tip of the iceberg. We as a country don’t just have a gun control problem. Our gun use is reflective and indicative of a national addiction to violence as a rational choice for conflict resolution. Violence is a disease threatening our daily lives just like cancer, diabetes, strokes, and coronary disease and heart attacks and obesity.”

Read the full article in the Huffington Post.

Dr. Stephen A. Nuño, argues that armed police in schools is a misguided policy:

“The ensuing derision by the anti-gun intelligenstia that armed guards in schools was a ridiculous option is the perfect example of how mainstream America is often ambivalent to the way minorities and poor neighborhoods live every day throughout the country. Lost in the discussion over the horror of armed guards in schools like Sandy Hook, in Newtown, Connecticut which is throughout 95 percent white and where the median income is over $100,000, is that many minority children already go to school overseen by armed guards without so much as a peep from these folks.” 

Read the full article at NBC Latino.

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