Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pro/Anti Gun Website Comparison

One Anti-Gun website that I came across was . Mark Borinsky, who had been robbed and nearly killed at gunpoint, founded the organization in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns . The Brady Center believe that it is too easy for dangerous people to obtain dangerous weapons in America. They want to make it harder for convicted felons, the dangerously mentally ill, and others like them to get guns in the first place. They believe that they can accomplish this by exposing corrupt gun dealers who feed the illegal gun market, and they work to strengthen law enforcement's efforts to stop illegal gun market. They also educate the public on gun violence through grassroots mobilisation and outreach to affected communities. Their mission statement is "We are devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities". The Brady Center works to reform the gun industry by enacting and enforcing regulations to reduce gun violence. They also represent victims of gun violence in court. The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce federal and state gun laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism, electing public officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence. The homepage of the website also shows celebrities that support The Brady Campaign beliefs. This is a good way to attract attention from the general public so that the association to gain a bigger fan base and make their changes more likely to occur. There "Take Action" hyperlink also gives ways that the public can get involved in The Brady Center.

The Pro-Gun website that I looked at was . The Gun Owners of America is a non-profit organisation formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Ammendment rights of gun owners and they see firearms ownership as a freedom issue. GOA says that they are not happy with the "status quo" and believe that Americans have lost some of their precious gun rights and they quote "WE WANT THEM BACK". Another quote that particually stands out is "GOA has never wavered from its mission to defend the Second Amendment -- liberty's freedom teeth, as George Washington called it" Over the last 30 years, GOA has built a nationwide network of attorneys to help fight court battles in almost every state in the nation to protect gun owner rights. GOA staff and attorneys have also worked with members of Congress, state legislators and local citizens to protect gun ranges and local gun clubs from closure by overzealous government anti-gun bureaucrats. There is also a "Take Action" hyperlink on this website so the general public can get involved and help increase Gun Owners of America's influence on gun rights.

After looking through these websites, I find that the Pro-Gun website is a more convincing narrowly. America is a nation in which propaganda is essential in making peoples minds up for them. When reading through the Pro-Gun website's aims and background, they use phrases as "WE WANT THEM BACK" and " Strength comes with numbers, and the more concerned Americans join GOA, the more we can do to protect the Second Ammendment and OUR freedom. We need you!". This gives me the opinion that Americans have been 'robbed' of their guns and their rights, and makes me feel as if we should get them back. The words chosen by GOA makes the adrenaline pump, and makes people feel like action is needed. The Anti-Gun website on the other hand choose to convince the general public via sympathy, and by posting unfortunate events that have occured due to gun violence, but i feel that it is not enough to tear Americans away from their fabric of gun loving.

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