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Gun Control in 2013
Gun control has always been a risky subject for politicians. The NRA,
the National Rifle Association, is a powerful force that has proven
capable of ousting politicians who voted for gun regulation. The NRA's
basic stance is that the 2nd amendment, which guarantees the right to
bear arms, will be put into jeopardy if regulations are imposed.
However, because of the bloody events of 2012 including the killing
spree at the Batman movie in Colorado and the horrible elementary
school killings in Connecticut, the Obama administration is pushing for
gun regulation, especially a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.
Politicians have to act based on the wishes of the majority of their
constituents. Those who do not lose in the next election, and gun
control is the kind of issue that can make or break an election. For
instance, in 1994, when Congress attempted to ban assault weapons, many
politicians lost their jobs. President Obama and vice President Biden
have already begun the task of convincing Democratic representatives
that the time for gun control regulation has arrived. Their challenge
will rest in designing a package that current gun owners, especially
hunters, will approve while also answering the needs of those who wish
to end gun violence.
For this lesson, the stressed words are in bold. If a stressed word has
more than one syllable, the stressed syllable is in bold.
Gun control / has always been / a risky subject / for politicians. The NRA,
/ the National Rifle Association, / is a powerful force / that has proven
capable / of ousting politicians / who voted / for gun regulation. / The NRA's
basic stance / is that the 2nd amendment, which guarantees / the right / to
bear arms, / will be put / into jeopardy / if regulations /are imposed.
/ However, / because of the bloody events / of 2012 / including the killing
spree / at the Batman movie / in Colorado / and the horrible / elementary
school killings / in Connecticut, / the Obama administration / is pushing / for
gun regulation, / especially a ban / on semi-automatic / assault weapons.
Politicians have to act / based on the wishes / of the majority / of their
constituents. / Those who do not / lose / in the next election, / and gun
control / is the kind of issue / that can make / or break / an election. / For
instance, / in 1994, /when Congress attempted / to ban / assault weapons, / many
politicians / lost their jobs. / President Obama / and vice President Biden
/ have already begun the task / of convincing Democratic representatives
/ that the time / for gun control regulation / has arrived. / Their challenge
will rest / in designing a package / that current gun owners, / especially
hunters, / will approve / while also / answering the needs / of those who wish
to end / gun violence
* Most acronymns (letters that create names) can be read smoothly with
the letters flowing together. For NRA, say EN-are-ay and stress the
first syllable. People also tend to stress the 3rd syllable (A) a
** In years, both numbers are stressed, though the second one is stressed a little more.
*** In the prefixes "semi," "anti" and "multi" the "i" can be pronounced as a long E or a long I. Either way is acceptable.
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