Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, Ana Marquez-Green, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emile Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison Wyatt. Who are these people you ask? These are all the children, between 6 – 7 years old, who were victim of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. On December 14, a gunman opened fire in Connecticut elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them children and 6 of them adults. It was the most horrific event that shook the whole country. What seems to be an endless debate over gun control has enraged gun-rights advocate for passing gun-control legislation in New York. New York has become the first and only state to pass gun control legislation. On mid-January Andrew Cuomo has signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearm Enforcement Act, Or SAFE Act, into law. The act makes the gun regulation much stricter by banning assault weapons including any semiautomatic weapon with detachable magazine and one military-style feature; limiting the magazine capacity from 10 rounds to seven; gun licenses needed to be renewed every five years; background check will be required to all gun sales, including private sales, with the exception between immediate family member; mentally incompetent are not allowed to purchase guns; and establish tougher penalties for the use of illegal gun. The
Between 2000 and 2015, over 150,000 Americans were killed in gun related homicides (Zakaria). It has been estimated that there are over 310 million guns in the hands of United States citizens (Krouse). These statistics have rallied many gun-control opponents and proponents to action. Gun control opponents believe that the answer to this problem is to loosen gun control laws to dissuade potential shooters. Gun control proponents believe that the answer is to tighten gun control laws so that a gun is never put into a potential shooter’s hands. The best way to find an answer to this predicament is compare the United States’ current gun control legislation to that of other countries to see where and how the countries have succeeded and failed
Even though there are recent tragedies that happened in the country that resulted on many fatal injuries due to gun violence, gun laws are basically remains unchanged. One of recent gun law that was passed was The Brady Handgun Violence Act that was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 that allowed a waiting period for criminal background check that dealers must perform before selling a handgun. However, an amendment was added to this bill which replaced the waiting period with National Instant Criminal Background Check System by licenses (Vizzard, 2015). The following year, The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act became law. This law allowed ban on guns that is considered as assault weapons. However, the law has an expiration which was in 2004 and the Congress failed to renew the law (Vizzard, 2015).
On, February 14, 2018, a mass school shooting in Florida got the nation’s attention, however, gun violence has always been an issue, and it is only getting worse. Now people are saying there needs to be something done, and there are many that agree. Starting off there should be stricter gun laws, because in today’s world it is too easy to get handguns and assault rifles. With, the capabilities a firearm holds, such as taking people’s lives there must be stricter restrictions that could help cut down the gun violence and save lives. Increasing the age of purchasing a firearm would be one step. Another, law could be to implement mental health screenings to detect any mental illnesses with the future gun holder, that would be most useful, because it is essential to know the mental state of a future gun holder. Lastly, regulating illegal gun sales would also help, along with gun safety and protection. In today’s society, there are gun laws and specific things that must be done, to be able to own a handgun or assault rifle.
When it comes to gun control, law enforcement officials are in the drivers seat. Their argument may come across as a surprise to most but according to a poll of 15,000 police men and women, 91% of respondents argued that a federal ban on assault rifles would have no effect on violent crime and homicide rates (Avery). The same 91% of these respondents supported the ownership of firearms by people that are mentally capable of handling such weapons safely (Avery). Interestingly enough, 86% of law officials feel as though the rate of casualties could have been significantly less in cases such as Sandy Hook if a legally armed person were present
According to Gun Violence Archive (GVA) “as of today there is a total of 27,645 of gun incidents in the United States, of this total, 7,151 are deaths, 14,749 injuries, 319 are children between the ages of 0 to 11 years old, 1,551 are teens between the ages of 12 to 17, 179 of this incidents correspond to a number of mass shootings, 171 are officers that were either killed or injured, 960 were individuals involved with crime, 1,160 due to home invasion, only 849 are use in defense and 1,179 correspond to accidental” (Gun Violence Archive, 1). Due to high numbers on statistics regarding gun violence a lot of people wonder if by giving the right to people to keep arms is keeping them safe or turning them into a menace to society. Some people believe that gun control will not deter crime and it will prevent citizens from protecting themselves. However, some other individuals believe that gun control will reduce gun
Gun control has been a controversial issue for years and numerous solutions have been proposed and enacted. The debate sparked after tragic civilian attacks, like school shootings. An example, is the tragedy in 1999 at Columbine High School. Two teens attacked the school, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before killing themselves. Following this attack, numerous solutions have been argued and purposed. However, a definite solution still has not been reached and America is split on the topic. The solutions currently enacted focus on guns, yet America still has a serious issue with gun related crime attacks, and fatalities. Solutions should not solely target the actual guns, because guns are powerless without the person who fires the weapon. The solution should not be to take away guns, but to consider the people who have access to them. Addressing mental health is the real solution to preventing gun violence and attacks.
A weapon in the wrongs hands is the maximum danger humanity can face. Nowadays, violence and delinquency in society are viewed as the maximum problem solver. Humanity is full of chaos; hate and envy seize our souls. Guns are the ultimate security for some citizens but for others, these add to a feeling of defenselessness. Throughout history, any topic related to guns means a plethora of problems. One of the most controversial issues our nation faces today is gun control laws. This controversy has been created due to the different interpretations of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution which states the right of citizens to bear arms; “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (Cornell Law School). Anti-gun control laws believe that the amendment guarantees the right to bear any kind of firearms. On the other hand, we have does that believe that more controls laws should be implemented since the 2nd amendment was for the right of States to have an armed militia during wartime. Both sides have strong point, however, the safety of our children comes first, and a firearm means death in the wrong hands.
The use of and the owning of guns is a very hot and debated topic in society today. For many, this is a life and death debate due to the recent and numerous school shootings. These school shootings have caused an outcry for more gun control, specifically in relation to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Despite these calls, increased gun control is not the answer. Most gun owners’ use their guns responsibly and for good purposes. Gun control also limits our constitutionally derived right to own firearms. If gun control is enforced, law-abiding citizens will be forced to give up their guns and their right to own guns, while many criminals who own guns may illegally keep theirs. As the saying goes “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Guns are an important aspect of our society in many ways. They allow for protection, recreation, and hunting. They also do not have as many negative effects as some claim. The right to own firearms is a constitutional right that is important and needs to be upheld.
The idea that gun laws will stop rising violence in America is comparable to putting a bandage on an open wound. People are so naive to think a bandaid will stop the bleeding. Sure the bandaid slows it down, but over time the blood will bleed through the bandage. The only way to completely stop the wound from bleeding is to go deep into the wound and stitch it up, often something Americans avoid. (Semicolon rule 1)For the past few years, America has been through countless demonstrations of violence; our wound is getting deeper and deeper. Many Americans blame loose gun laws as this problem, saying that it 's too easy to get your hands on a gun in today 's world. However, imposing stricter gun laws would only slow down the issue, not completely stop it.In more detail, it would be a fruitless attempt to solve rising violence in America. Mental health is at the root of this rising violence. Instead of focusing on imposing gun laws, America needs to focus on improving mental health in order to stop the rising violence. When will we ever learn that bandaids don 't fix the problem?
Moorhouse and Wanner, in their article “Does Gun Control Reduce Crime Or Does Crime Increase Gun Control”, studied whether or not gun control reduced gun violence in individual states. The overarching theme throughout the individual states is that gun control doesn’t reduce gun violence and is very ineffective. The authors provide two possible reasons why these laws are ineffective; 1) these laws do not effect criminal behavior and their efforts to obtain weapons illegally, and 2) these laws focus on normal gun purchases and don 't account for private sales and guns passed down through families.
A few days ago I posted that I wanted someone to purpose legislation that would stop the shootings, but allow me to keep my AR 15. I took the post down because the conversation went exactly where I didn’t want it to go, but predicted it would. Instead of proposals on legislation, I was having to defend my right to have an AR 15. Gun control advocates are demanding legislation, so I was hoping someone could come up with a proposal within the parameters I described. Apparently that is not possible. I apologize for the length of this post, but Shakespeare I am not. Brevity has never been my strong suit so here we go.
Since the Second Amendments’ ratification in 1791, Americans still debate with one another, because of its many controversy views. The amendment allows every citizen of the United States the right to own guns and to defend themselves when in danger. The problem arises when the laws being set are restricting people from their rights. There are so many gun control laws, varying from state to state. The development of arguments surrounding gun control correlates to the increased violence and altercations related to the use of fire weapons. This then led to the expansion of gun control laws and has strongly shaped and influenced the public’s opinion. The process of developing gun control remains to be a challenge still, due to its capacity removing individual rights and liberty, which undermine the value of guns and firearms in the promotion of deterrence and self-defense and inability to recognize the commitment of existing reasonable gun control initiatives already in
On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others at Virginia Tech College in Blacksburg, Virginia. Concealed carry permits are regulated and no firearms or weapons whatsoever are permitted on campus. On December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 year old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot 20 children and ultimately took his own life. The most recent mass shooting on a school campus on October 1, 2015 in Umpqua, Oregon which killed nine and wounded nine others, has once again ignited the debate for gun control. With another tragedy involving guns and the looming presidential election, the issue and controversy of regulating guns and the rights of Americans has taken front stage