Gun Control, the Filibuster & Deliberation

by Matthew Dugan
Widener University Political Science Major
So the filibuster on the discussion on gun control has been avoided. Now debate can actually begin. Whether you agree with gun control or are adamantly against it, a must at least be a conversation. To continue to ignore the issue is foolish. To completely block a discussion at all is an injustice to the citizens who deserve to have their voice heard.
16 Senate Republicans voted to allow the debate on gun control to begin and one of them gave this reason behind his bipartisan vote, “I might not vote the way they wanted me to vote, but giving them the chance to be heard, giving them a chance to tell their story meant a lot to them and it meant a lot to me,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said Tuesday after he met with the families. “I’m not going to vote for a filibuster. I think they deserve an up or down vote.” (MSN.com). I 100% agree with Senator Isakson. Even if he voted against gun control at least he gave the loved ones of victims of gun violence a chance to be heard. This is an important issue that cannot be continually pushed to the side.
This is a country that is supposedly set up by the people for the people, and if people want to have a conversation about guns then we should have one. To deny the people this by using congressional tricks is an affront to one of the basic tenets of the American system of government.   

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