The 2nd amendment of the United States states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” But is that truly the way that the United States should be governed under? The United States has the one of the highest amount of deaths related to gun violence in the entire world, 31st in the world exactly, but the fact that is baffling is that for such a developed and country with a strong infrastructure, why are these rates so high? From mass shooting in schools, clubs, gatherings, and neighborhoods all across America, there is certainly something else behind these mass shootings. Gun violence is an aching issue on the hands of the hands of the United States government as well, as congress is finding it difficult to …show more content…
But what should be done about assault weapons? There should be no reason for homeowners and everyday citizens to own such things as an AR-15 or a Machine Gun. Assault weapons should not be permitted in the US. The majority of assault weapons that are used for these shootings are acquired legally by shooters. In some of the most recent major attacks, “killers in Las Vegas and Orlando attacks… walk into gun shops and legally purchase assault weapons” (Ingraham). United States Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed a bill that would ban assault weapons. This bill would prevent “horrific mass shooting incidents” and ban the purchase of “military-style assault weapons”. This is very effective because that way, the shooters who usually use assault weapons won’t have as large of a magazine, making them easier to stop. This shows that while we cannot entirely ban any weapons, one of the most effective things that can be done is to ban these weapons that shooters can get their hands on so easily. This ban on assault weapons and semi-auto weapons as well is largely supported by the public, and public support usually leads to the passing of laws. During the assault weapons ban of 1994, gun deaths were significantly low, as shown in a graph in the Washington Post. This shows that another ban on assault weapons, and possibly a permanent one, could largely impact the force leading to gun violence and
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The federal law made assault rifles legal, yet state and local counties are able to ban assault weapons. Laws to ban assault rifles should be enforced to protect civilians such as the Sandy Hook shooting. This law needs better enforcement so high powered firearms are not in the hands of irresponsible criminals. Any weapon, especially assault rifles that are capable of shooting one hundred rounds of ammunition with one magazine should be banned. Events in which assault weapons were used resulted in 135% more people shot and 57% more killed than incidents when a handgun or long gun is being used (For Lives and Liberty.)
California was the first state to ban “assault weapons” after a school shooting in Stockton. A federal ban went into 1994 and since then, eight states have “assault weapons”. However, these laws have had very little significance. This is because these firearms are just ordinary rifles, it is almost impossible for legislators to effectively regulate them without putting a ban on half of the handguns in the country and many hunting rifles. Instead, lawmakers have focused on the cosmetic aspect of the firearm.
Sandy Hook: December 14, 2012; 28 deaths. Pulse Nightclub: June 12, 2016; 50 deaths. Las Vegas Shooting: October 1, 2017; 59 deaths. Texas Church Shooting: November 5, 2017; 26 deaths. They all have one thing that links them all together: gun violence.
All a ban can and will do is ban certain rifles with “assault style” modifications which allows multiple loopholes for gun consumers. Piled onto the fact that a ban could only ban the sale of new guns from stores, it wouldn’t resolve seemingly endless amounts of guns in circulation, which would leave “1.5 million assault weapons privately owned in the United States.” That estimate was taken in the early 2000’s, and newer estimates place the amount around 2 million weapons. One of the most deadly features of weapons used in the mass shootings is the large-capacity magazine, and recent estimates say there is, “Nearly 25 million guns equipped with large-capacity magazines,” are currently in the U.S. today. This would effectively render a ban useless as the most deadly weapon available to the U.S. public would still be out and available.
Gun Control: Assault Weapons Should be Banned in America In the past decade there have been many mass shootings which sparked a nationwide debate on the ban on assault weapons. Assault weapons are Semiautomatic weapons that are usually used in the military due to their advanced features. The difference between a Semiautomatic weapon and a regular pistol is that semiautomatic guns reload automatically and can fire consistently (Assault Weapons). Majority of Americans argue that Assault Weapons should be banned nationwide because of the amount of mass shootings caused by Assault weapons.
The second amendment is being abused and misused on how this is supposed to benefit us. Mass shooters will use this right to justify their actions. Eugene Robinson, an opinion writer of The Washington Post wrote “When the framers wrote of “arms,” they were thinking about muskets and single-shot pistols. They could not have foreseen modern rifles or high capacity magazine.”
Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook killed fourteen and wounded twenty in San Bernardino; Adam Lanza killed twenty-seven and wounded two in Newtown; and Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed forty-nine and wounded fifty-three in Orlando. These mass shooters all have one thing in common: the use of assault weapons in their crimes. (Ingraham, 2016). Despite the loss of life, there remains little restriction on who can own assault weapons and buy ammunition in America. There is also no set definition of assault weapons, however for the sake of this argument I will use the definition provided by “Assault Weapons” from the info base: “considered to be a semiautomatic weapon with a detachable ammunition magazine and some type of advanced feature typically used in military-grade weapons.
Considering their lethality and the sheer amount of heavy weapons such as assault rifles in just the United States, they should not be available to Americans. Although assault rifles are not particularly the most common type of weapon, out of the over 300 million in the United States, they do make up a good percent of them (Everitt and Pratt). However, when you look at the percentage of gun violence
Gun Control Omar Mateen shook the world on the night of June 12, when he executed one of the worst mass shootings in the History of the United States; leaving 49 dead and 53 injured at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The tragic incident took place three and a half years after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting which is often seen as an important mark in the United State’s effort to reform gun control laws - seeing as how 20 elementary school children were among those fatally shot. According to Gun Violence Archive, there have been 998 mass shootings since then. And those statistics are just mass shootings.
Mass killings are on the rise, more mass killings have occurred this year than ever seen before. People are living in fear and are looking for something to blame. The most common weapon used in these killings have been guns. With guns being the mainly used weapon it comes as no surprise that is what the American people and our government have been looking to regulate and in some cases ban guns, the term they use to describe their acts and notions is gun control. Gun control looks good on paper but in reality it will infringe on our second Amendment right, disarm the law abiding citizens, and will result in the increase of illegally purchased weapons and crimes committed with illegally obtained weapons.
Instead of banning or limiting guns, the evidence will show that removing the current restrictions and targeting individuals instead of guns will be a more effective process. The topic of gun control has two polarized opinions. One such opinion targets the individuals responsible for the crime, instead of just the weapons. John Moorhouse and Brent Wanner tackle the issue of gun control in their article “Does Gun Control Reduce Crime Or Does Crime Increase Gun Control”, which was published in 2006 in the twenty-sixth volume of the Cato Journal. These researchers looked at the effects gun control laws had on violent crime and gun violence in the individual states.
The second amendment in the United States Constitution gives the right of the people to keep and bear arms which means the people of the United States have the right to have guns and use them. The argument on on gun control is not logical as the second amendment states that the people of the United states have the right to bear arms. Although you can lose your second amendment rights by convicting a misdemeanor involving domestic violence, the government can not take away guns unless another amendment is added to the constitution to abolish the 2nd amendment. In the constitution no amendments can be removed but another amendment can be added to ratify that amendment such as the ban of liquor. After the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting fear struck the nation.
Assault Weapons: Should assault weapons be banned in the US? Have you ever seen or experienced a serious crime? One that had innocents brutally murdered? The crime most likely involved an assault weapon. Different mass murder shootings involved assault weapons, so the outlawing of the weapons in the U.S. should take place.
The number of incidents of gun violence last year in the United States was about 60,000. In recent years, the number of mass shooting has risen to about one mass shooting per day in the United States. The country is divided with some wanting to reevaluate our gun control laws and either ban or add additional regulations to the purchase of guns. Others say it is our right for Americans to own guns and something the founding fathers considered important to put in the Bill of Rights. The number of firearm sales has risen with the number of mass shooting many Americans question if banning guns or certain guns could help decrease the number of gun violence deaths.
Even if assault weapons are banned, who is to say that other weapons can’t be used to commit crimes. Handguns, revolvers, and knives are just some weapons that can be used to commit crimes. From 1994 to 2004, Congress banned the manufacture, sale, and transfer of large amounts of assault weapons. However, a study conducted by the Department of Justice in 2004 found that there was no evidence that the ban on assault weapons had any effect on crime or gun violence, and that if it were to be renewed, it would have only a small effect. Even though there are many mass shootings in the US, assault weapons are actually not even connected to a significant amount of crime in the US.