Al Gore: For A Better America Essay, Research Paper
As a Member of Congress and as
Vice President, Al Gore has worked hard to ensure that all
Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. He has fought for a
strong, enforceable Patients’ Bill of Rights, worked to ensure that women and
children receive high quality care, promoted innovative solutions for long
term care needs, and fought to protect and improve Medicare and Medicaid. Gore
also has been a leading advocate for medical research.
Gore Supported the Largest National Gun Enforcement
Initiative in History. Gore is fighting for a gun enforcement initiative that
includes 500 new ATF Agents and Inspectors to
crack down on violent gun criminals, and over 1,000 federal,
state, and local gun prosecutors to incarcerate gun criminals.
Also, the initiative calls for more than tripling current funding for
ballistics testing programs in order to launch the first-ever national
ballistics network to track down gun criminals by
linking bullets to the guns they were fired from, as well as
providing $10 million for “smart” gun technology, to ensure that
guns are only fired by their owners. Gun Crimes Down by 35 percent. Since
1992, we have seen a 35 percent drop in crimes committed with a firearm.
Prosecution of Gun Criminals Increased. Since 1992, federal prosecutions of
offenders who commit crime with firearms have increased by 16 percent. Overall
gun prosecutions at the federal, state, and local level have increased by 22
percent since 1992 – thanks to better coordination with state and local law
enforcement. Criminals Jailed for Weapons Offenses Increased. In 1996, the
most recent year for which data is available, 22 percent more criminals were
incarcerated for either state or federal weapons offenses than in 1992.
Gore Supports Zero Tolerance for Guns in Schools
Gore Is An Advocate for Child Safety Locks
Gore Supports Comprehensive Crime Gun Tracing
As Vice President and as a Member of Congress, Al Gore has been a leader in
improving educational opportunities for all Americans. He has championed
efforts to pursue proven strategies for improving public education – reducing
class sizes, improving standards and accountability, and bringing technology
into classrooms. He has worked to increase access to higher education and
lifetime learning opportunities, and he has advocated for get-tough proposals
to make schools safer and drug-free.