From Washington to West Englewood: How will the gun control compromise help?

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A compromise has been reach between two senators in the gun control debate.

The agreement has to do with background checks when it comes to buying a gun. Senators Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican, have found common ground expanding background checks beyond licensed firearms dealers to include gun shows and internet sales.

No one knows more about much needed gun legislation than the kids at Harper High School in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood.  Nearly 30 former or current students from here were shot in the last year.  8 of them died. First Lady Michelle Obama visited the school today after her speech at the Hilton.

The consequences of new proposed gun legislation couldn’t be more real to hundreds of kids at the school who are faced with fears of gunfire every day. As the First Lady made her mission clear to them today, the residents of West Englewood remain left behind after she leaves.  They are simply hoping change in Washington will mean change for them on the streets.

While the proposed bill has yet to be discussed on the senate floor, critics say current laws aren’t  weak, the people enforcing them are.

The NRA and its supporters in Congress say the Democratic proposals threaten the constitutional right to bear arms, and also offer ineffective responses intended as political show instead of real solutions to the problem of gun violence in America.

“On firearms questions, on Second Amendment questions, there’s a divide in this country,” NRA President David Keene told CNN. “To call it an ideological divide is too simple because it’s a cultural divide. When something happens, the on the other side from us say, ‘well the problem’s the gun, we need to do something about guns.’”

Debate could start in the Senate as soon as Thursday.


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