CBS's Golodryga was able to sit down with a group of people who have been personally affected by gun violence, and hear their stories as well as their views on gun control and the future of guns in America. The six members of the group shared many different yet passionate ideas. Several people owned guns and were clear in that banning guns would not solve the problem. More extensive background checks or tests prior to acquiring a gun, however, are a more likely solution. Some people are strongly against every type of weapon in every way. There seems to be two sides materializing from this topic; blaming the gun and blaming the mental state, and some people decide not to choose a side. Although the people in the group had their own personal views and biases from prior experience, I do not think the article itself had a strong bias to one side or the other in terms of gun control. This article relates to the legislative branch because interpretations of gun laws go back to the Constitution and every citizen's right to bear arms.
A school district in Texas is not allowing its students to hold any kind of protest or activist movement in response to shootings and recent violence in schools. Students who decide to ignore this demand will face a three day suspension. Walkouts across the country demonstrate unity and a call for more intense gun control laws. The Network for Public Education has organized a day of protests for stricter gun laws in April on the anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting, however, the Texan school district has already outlawed its students to participate because they need to focus on their education instead of political protests. I think there is some bias in this article because the tone seems to be pointing out a flaw in the Texas high school's decision to not allow its students to participate in protests in or at school. This relates to the legislative branch because the origin of the debate can be traced back to our right to freedom of speech.
America's gun culture continues to grow, surpassing every other country in the world in most aspects. America has amassed about 310 million firearms while the second leading country has 46 million. Almost half of the United State's population report that they grew up in a house with guns. America also has had over four times the amount of mass shootings than the second leading country. The accumulation of firearm statistics leads to debates and protests nationwide about the right to own a gun, the right to self defense, and other major topics. This article has some bias because the majority of the graphs shown as evidence to the statistics emphasize the huge gap between America and other countries when it comes to gun culture such as amount of firearms owned and number of mass shootings.
The Florida shooting, according to USAToday, has finally sparked a push for action from Congress in creating stricter gun laws and enforcing them so that no one is allowed to own a gun who is unfit to do so. Improvements to the system are in process but still in the early stages, and it will take a lot of persuasion and time to pass laws that create significant changes. Trump has mentioned one goal is to "strengthen background checks". Many people blame the government for failing to act and allowing more killings to take place, while others stay hopeful for future change. This article sounded biased because it calls out our government for its mistakes and leniency with gun control. The fault is placed on Congress for not doing something sooner and hoping the problem will fix itself. This relates to the legislative branch because the decisions and steps taken by Congress to lessen gun violence has direct impacts on the people of America.