As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off, head to head, for the first time at Monday night's first presidential debate of the year, it was clear that gun violence took front stage. The two of them clashed for ninety-five minutes at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York about why they would be our best option for President of the United States. Naturally, they were asked many questions about current issues in our nation. And though the two candidates don't usually agree on much, they certainly did agree on one thing. This issue, as anyone could probably guess, was gun control.
On Monday night, the focus was specifically on the city of Chicago, Illinois. Chicago, which has one of the highest crime rates in the nation, is known to have many shootings each year and was even compared by Republican candidate to a "war-torn country". Both Clinton and Trump gave ideas on how to fix the issue of violence in the city. Trump said that he would want to take guns away from those who are felons and who have dangerous histories with violence. He also also said that he would consider implementing a stop-and frisk act into the city. Hillary Clinton said that stop-and-frisks has been tested before, and that they have provided little change. Clinton later called for our government's money to be used to retrain United States police officers.
Donald Trump, who is endorsed by the NRA, was not expected to support gun control during this, but he did. Usually, Trump sticks to the basics of gun ownership in the United States by stating that it is a personal right. Many supporters of a Trump candidacy were even surprised by his words on Monday night. In the past, he has said that he doesn't support things like stronger background checks or a ban on assault weapons. This was the first time that Donald Trump advocated for gun control.
I think that whoever wins this year's presidential election has to do something about this issue of gun violence in our country, as well as in the city of Chicago. I know that this city has struggled for years on this issue so it would be nice to finally see things improve for the people of Chicago. I hope that come next year, the newly elected president will identify this issue and speak more on how they can resolve the conflict in the city. I believe that we will make progress on this issue not only in Chicago, but across the country. This is not an issue that we can fix overnight, but with time, we can make great strides toward success in creating safer neighborhoods for people in the United States.