gun control


Definition of gun control

: regulation of the selling, owning, and use of guns

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This is hardly the singer's first time speaking out about the need for more gun control. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus’ DIY T-Shirt Just Sent a Powerful Message On Gun Control," 11 Dec. 2018 In light of this staggering number, one very politically-outspoken musician is highlighting the urgent need for gun control in America. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Shows Her Support for Gun Control With a Very Direct Political T-Shirt," 11 Dec. 2018 O’Rourke hit Cruz back forcefully, however, advocating for gun control. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke clash in first debate over Trump, immigration and the Supreme Court," 21 Sep. 2018 Both gun-rights advocates and those pushing for gun control agree on these facts but use them to different effect: One side tells women to shun the tool of their tormentor. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 Harry Styles has never been shy about his beliefs, often pledging his support to the LGBTQ community and speaking out on political issues such as the need for gun control. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Harry Styles Adds a 'Black Lives Matter' Sticker to His Guitar at Detroit Show," 27 June 2018 The shooting at Parkland, which left 17 students and teachers dead, prompted multiple school walk outs and large demonstrations across the nation by students calling for more gun control. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Democrats take long shot, propose changing Michigan voting age to 16," 14 June 2018 The group has been vocal in the national push for gun control since the massacre that left 17 people dead at the Parkland high school on Valentine's Day. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Officers respond to home of Parkland survivor David Hogg after possible "SWATting" hoax," 5 June 2018 Neither state had been considered a mecca for gun control before. Mike Ward, San Antonio Express-News, "Abbott on narrow path to school safety," 31 May 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gun control

: laws that control how guns are sold and used and who can own them

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