Gun Control Gun control is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the regulation of selling, owning, and use of guns. Gun control has been a very controversial topic on Capitol Hill for a long time. Although, within more recent decades gun control has been a more heated topic of discussion. This is due to higher gun related death rates and an uprise of mass killings such as the Columbine highschool massacre which left 23 injured and 15 killed (CNN Library) and the recent Las Vegas shooting which left 58 killed and nearly 500 injured (Gomez and White). Gun control activist heavily support the controlling of firearms while Gun rights activist oppose heavy regulation.
Gun Laws According to the Second Amendment in the Constitution, the citizens have the right to possess and bear arms. But, this has remained an important issue since decades. Issues such as gun control and gun rights have remained a matter of debate and have been lobbying around in the Congress meetings. This has resulted in the immense debate about the mass shooting that have become a frequent crime in the United States. In 2015 alone there have been 351 mass shootings.
In the article Issue Overview: Guns in America by Bloomberg, adapted by Newsela staff is states in paragraph one line one “Every mass shooting in the United States starts a new debate over the right to own guns”. On Famous Speeches: "We call BS," Emma Gonzalez 's speech to gun advocates by Emma Gonzalez, adapted by Newsela staff it states President “Trump tweeted that there were "So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed," and that he was even expelled for bad behavior. Trump said "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a
These statistics provoke worries and rekindle questions on gun control and ownership. Indeed, America is facing a problem with its way of handling guns which are owned by the public. Furthermore, lack of proper management and handling of guns has also enhanced the crime rate in America. Some of the most violent crimes in America are associated with the use of guns. Firearm-related suicides and those associated with handguns have as well escalated since 2012 (Rossi 121).
As a result of the extremely high number of school shootings, the debate about gun control is more relevant than ever before. It is also a debate there is very to have an opinion about and the politicians’ opinions are also very divided in 2 camps where the president is on the side where they want a stricter gun policy and the gun lobby and the people in the National Rifle Association does not want the law any stricter. Obama wants to save peoples life. To do that he wants to limit the capacity in the guns and he wants to ban the assault riffles. We can
For example, there is an age limit that differs in some states, those age limits are eighteen years old in some states and twenty-one in other states. However, that is now becoming a problem, especially with how guns are being used. With the past and recent mass shootings, that has taken place in schools and churches, it should strongly be considered to increase the age limit for owning firearms. By, increasing the age limit for handguns and assault rifles
The second amendment was first proposed so the states could form army’s to destroy slave rebellions. The founding fathers were frightened by a standing army because they feared coups. Coups means a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government. The Second amendment was also created to protect people 's individual freedoms, it protects people 's individual right to own guns and other weapons. Many court cases have occurred involving the Second Amendment, one that was important was the United States vs. Miller case in 1939.
The gun ownership was legalized in United States in 1787, but crimes committed by the people who have guns still endanger the life or property safety of innocent citizens now. According to Follman’s study,“ since 1982 there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the United States, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii” (Follman 119). It shows that many criminals have guns and many people are under the fear state of being killed. As a result, it made the topic whether the government should control guns more strictly more controversial. Gun control is defined as a way that aim for “protecting the safety of citizens through limits on and regulation of firearms” (“GUN CONTROL:A.”).
Gun control laws affect citizens Second Amendment rights, right to self defense, and they have proven injustice. Guns can have many positive uses it is up to people to decide how they are used. There are many reasons why Gun control laws are questionable. The United States Constitution was created to establish American national government and give basic rights to citizens. The second Amendment of the U.S constitution states “The Right the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
Every year thousands of lives are affected due to gun violence with a majority being murders, assaults, or suicides and many as a result of the shooter suffering from some sort of mental disorder. “The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act of 1993 requires federally licensed firearms dealers to preform background checks on prospective firearms purchases to ensure that the firearm transfer would not violate any laws”(Federal Law on Background Checks). The Brady Act was put in place to insure people who cannot handle guns safely do not get their hands on them, yet they still do because of the illegal gun market. So what exactly is the illegal firearm market and how can it be prevented? Being such a big issue, how is this affecting firearms?