The debate on gun restrictions in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida last week are discussed. Some say it is taking away a person right to have self defense. They say how will you protect your family, if you do not have a form of self defense. One idea would be to have a gun restraining order, rather then being in trouble for carrying a gun. From the other side they are against this, and say even if we were to have more security and police at schools it has negative affect on the kids. In the end these type of debates are difficult and there is no end winner. The legislative process that was present in this article was since there is a lot of controversy there are many bills that get stuck and end up dying in those first stages. Around committee action, and bill is introduced and referred to committee. This article did not talk much about any other bills, but rather the opposing view points on gun control. There was bias in this article, but many point of views were shared.
Big events are happening to demand action after the Florida school shooting. The first is national school walkout March 14 at 10 am for 17 minutes, representing each person that died that day. The next one is in March 24 and it is called March for our lives. They are demanding a bill be brought to congress immediately. Lastly, the Columbine Anniversary School Walkout on April 20. One stage of the legislative process that I saw in the article was citizens are contacting congress and requesting a bill. It said they wanted it to be sent to congress immediately and from there they can vote on it. Floor action will have to take place, so the members will share opinions on the bill, and have votes to change it.
In 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the last major gun control legislation. There have been attempts for more since then, but they all died. There has not been many gun control legislations, because of the recent change in the majority house party which is now republicans. Will Trump keep his word that there will be more regulation in the process of buying a gun? The stage that I think the legislative process is at in the article would be closer to the end of the process. There has been any bills made and talked about as it said in the article. The last steps left is for members to negotiate, and recieve a signature from the president.
Trump could be the president who pushes Congress to do something about gun control. The articles states that throughout the many shooting that happened, congress did nothing. Trump has been behind the second amendment from the start, and continues to be. But he is pushing to speed up the reviews and regulations for tighter backround checks and raising the age limit. Trump may have, on this topic, in light of the Florida shooting moved us into a more central opinion and popular position. There were a couple levels of the legislative process that I saw throughout the atricle. One would be bill is introduced and referred to comitee, citizens points are considered, and witnesses are called to share information. The articles said the president has been pushing for the process to go faster. There has been a lot of debating from the many opposing sides that are present in this topic.
What do you think the public does not know but should learn about how Congress works? I think the public should learn how complicated the congress and legislative process is. There are many steps and layers to it, and it is important to know how it works. The legislative process, for example, has to pass many stages in order for bill to be passed. How does the legislative process enable the House and Senate to test ideas before they become law? Since the legislative process has many stages in it, that allows many people to see the bill. They debate on it, and through this people can express their opinions to see if it is a good idea or not. It is a complicated system, but it tests the idea well before it becomes a law.