For/Against Government Regulation

Business Issue with Competing Pressure 

The U.S. Department of States Bureau of Political-Military Affairs oversees arm transfers to improve U.S. forces and address national security challenges. Foreign Military Sales contribute approximately $55 billion per year in sales of defense equipment to US allies and partners. The competing pressure of the arm industry results in contractors negotiating with FMS to finalize sales and solidify partnerships. The business issue of arms transfers is influenced by an American society concerned with national defense and U.S. companies that profit from the $115 billion a year spent on defense equipment and services.  

Rationales For and Against Regulation 

The government should regulate arms transfers to control firearm misconduct and protect society from preventable deaths and mass shootings.  

The government should not regulate arms transfers because national defense benefits from lax policies that allow companies to sell guns inexpensively with little regulation and quality control. 

Other Example 

The ongoing debate concerning the regulation of workers’ rights divides many individuals through the establishment of policies from the US Department of Labor. Many big business owners attempt to maximize revenue by paying workers as little as possible, while workers’ rights groups and unions strive to improve the quality of life in the workplace. In the US, it is common for 21st century businesses to provide workers with health insurance benefits, life insurance, dental insurance, retirement accounts, and paid sick time.