Politics Society Gun Control Discussion
Many students believe new gun reform legislation would be ineffective
Students disagree on the contemporary importance of the Second Amendment
Many students support common sense gun reform
50,309 gun-related incidents have occurred thus far in 2018
Students generally agree that change on some level is necessary
NYU Politics Society hosted a discussion on gun control on November 14. The event was held in Kimmel 709. NYU students from across the political spectrum participated in a bipartisan, level-headed conversation on the best ways to approach recent mass-shootings in America.
On the topic of universal background checks, some students believe the amount of gun control legislation currently in place justifies the obstruction of future legislation on gun control. The thinking goes that gun policies are already not enforced, so state governments would neglect prospective background check requirements. The notion that random criminals will always be able to access a gun remains a common sentiment in the conversation.
Much of the conversation focused on the Second Amendment. Several students said the amendment is a necessary bulwark against the tyrannical subversion of the United States government. While no one supported abolishing the amendment, some believe the amendment’s purpose — to prevent government tyranny — would never work given the militarization of law enforcement nationwide.
Many students supported common sense gun reform, including universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, and safe storage requirements. Popular among these students was an understanding that the government must enact basic reforms to curtail the current epidemic of gun violence in America.
Students agreed that the frequency of gun violence in America commands change in one form or another. Despite progress made in New York City — October 12 through October 14 marked the first weekend in 25 years without any gun violence in the city — gun violence remains an urgent issue across the country.
This report was compiled by Danny Hegberg on Nov. 17, 2018, and edited by Jamin Chen.