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Should Donald Trump or Joe Biden win the 2020 US Presidential Election? Show more Show less
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It has been a tumultuous 4 years of the Donald Trump presidency in the United States, with investigations, nominations, fake news, tweets, impeachment, pandemics, protests, and a nation divided about the facts on the ground and the direction the country should be taking. Many see the 2020 US Presidential Election as the most important election in history, with huge implications for the US, but also for the world. So who should win the US Presidential election?

Joe Biden should be elected in the 2020 US election Show more Show less

Joe Biden will be a conciliatory president for a nation divided by race, class and identity. He is the candidate to give America back its standing in the world, and to put the threat of climate change back at the very top of the global agenda.
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Joe Biden will end America's gun violence epidemic

Biden has a successful track record of fighting against the NRA, and action for greater gun control. With rising levels of gun violence, introducing more stringent controls on their sale and procurement is essential.
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Context

Without a doubt, America has a gun violence issue with an average of 1 gun-related death every 13 minutes. As gun-violence deaths reach unbearable highs, many have called attention to America's gun violence epidemic. [1]

The Argument

Joe Biden acknowledges the extent of America’s gun violence epidemic, with almost 40,000 gun-related deaths annually. Biden has a plan to end America’s gun violence epidemic by banning weapons of war, keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and ensuring guns are used safely. Joe Biden should be elected in the 2020 presidential election due to his commitment to a safer America.[2] Joe Biden will prevent weapons of mass destruction from entering America’s streets. Biden will impose a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; he will organize buy-back programs for such weapons already in America’s communities. In addition, Biden will restrict the number of firearms individuals can buy in a month to prevent stockpiling weapons.[2] In order to keep guns out of dangerous hands, Biden will strengthen the background check system. He will encourage states to impose “red flag” laws, which give the government power to confiscate weapons from high-risk individuals.[3] Biden will also close several loopholes in the current background check system. For example, he will stop the “hate crime loophole” by banning hate crime convicts from owning guns, the “Charleston loophole” by extending the time limit for a background check, and the “fugitive from justice loophole” by preventing gun ownership to all fugitives.[2] Lastly, Biden will enact policies to ensure guns are used safely. He will require firearm owners to store their guns safely and hold firearm owners accountable for granting minors access to weapons. In addition, Biden will encourage the sale of “smart guns,” which use fingerprint technology to limit gun users.[2] Joe Biden should be elected as president of the United States, as he will end America’s gun violence epidemic.

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While Biden makes a commitment to improving gun issues, he certainly will not end America’s gun violence epidemic. A majority of gun-related deaths involve handguns, not assault weapons. Banning weapons of mass destruction would have no impact on the numerous handguns in America. In addition, extensive background checks still cannot guarantee a completely safe gun owner. As the United States has more guns than any other country, ending the gun violence epidemic will require more than Joe Biden’s plan.[3]

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References

  1. https://giffords.org/blog/2020/02/americas-gun-violence-epidemic-persists-according-to-new-cdc-data-blog/
  2. https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/#
  3. https://www.vox.com/2019/10/2/20894951/joe-biden-gun-control-plan
This page was last edited on Monday, 19 Oct 2020 at 05:28 UTC

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