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By Ashley Lanuza

Ashley Lanuza,contributing  student writer from San  Gabriel Mission High School.

Ashley Lanuza,contributing
student writer from San
Gabriel Mission High School.

A Threatening Defense

Joe Biden, the United States Vice President, was on a Facebook chat with a few concerned citizens when he offered his opinion on the possession of weapons. Parents Magazine hosted an online Facebook forum, when “Kate” asked about citizens being a probable target for the criminal label. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the VP replied, “Kate, if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun.” He said that he and his wife live in a wooded area, and if there’s ever a problem, they fire off two blasts to hopefully scare any intruders.

Interestingly enough, President Obama is proposing a peaceful solution to the gun control situation. Why, then, is his second-in-command open to the use of a shotgun? Biden claims that it is as efficient as a rifle, but it does not avoid the fact it is also a harmful weapon. This opinion has brought a stance: would the possession of weaponry be a defensive or offensive action? It is evident that it can be used for defense, for example, in the situation of a thief or an attacker. Unfortunately, in the wrong hands, it can be used to kill or threaten others.

No matter what aspect you use, a gun is a gun. It is a weapon of destruction, and it seems that we don’t realize that. We create rules we don’t follow, easily discovering loopholes and making up excuses. What type of solution can be made for this situation, since the pros and the cons simply balance each other out? How can we, as a country, unanimously agree on a solution for a situation that can be used as both a threat and a means of protection?

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