In today’s society, one of the most alienating issues in American politics is gun control. More specifically, the issue is whether or not guns should be banned in the United States. Some people would say that guns should be banned because it would reduce crime as a whole and keep citizens safer. These people, enthusiasts of stricter gun laws, fear being safe in their country where there are so many people who have access to guns. Opponents of this argument, however, also fear losing safety.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said, “I’m much less concerned, quite frankly with what you’d call an assault weapon than I am with magazines and the number of rounds that can be held in a high capacity magazine”(Biden). The phrase high-capacity magazines was made up by Emily Miller who wrote in the Washington Times that “Many firearms come from the factory with devices that feed between 15 to 30 rounds - some hold more, some less depending on their configuration and purpose. Ten is a number chosen out of thin air for reasons of political theater”(Miller). All of the existing so-called “high capacity magazines” would be grandfathered in under the proposed bills. 60 Minutes discovered during the last assault weapons ban, that it is not really a ban at all.
The Bill of Rights puts limitations on American citizens and are to protect us from harm. The two most important amendments in the Bill rights is amendment one and two. Protecting people’s beliefs and right to protect themselves by carrying an armed weapon are important. Gun control is also an issue that leads to if we should add more restrictions or more freedom. In the Bill of Rights, the first amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” I believe this is the most important to the maintenance
It suggests that the government, but more specifically Congress, puts gun violence above the means of fighting against it. Even more so, it shows that gun violence reins over attempts to hinder it in any way and how Congress is weak because it consistently fails to effectively do anything about gun violence in America. However, congressional gridlock can be more than Congress’ refusal to pass laws that are important The United States’ wellbeing. It can be the slow-moving process of passing a law or bill to benefit Americans. For example, immigration reform has been being considered since past President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, as stated by The Washington Post (Nakamura, O’Keefe 4).
The 2nd amendment of the United States is ¨The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.¨ This statement plainly states that every American has the right to bear arms, there are no other possible interpretations of this amendment that make any logical understanding. The rights cannot be violated because the Government deems it to be politically incorrect, The rights of the people are not being read broadly enough and the misinterpretation leads to ignorance and irrational fear of firearms. ( Ferrara, 1) The District of Columbia´s ban on firearms is totally unconstitutional and a violation of American Liberty. The Mayor, Adrian Fenty argues that since the ban crime rates have dropped; This is a complete fallacy. Since the 1976 ban murder
Grifin M. Price Kendra Gallos English III H 3/21/18 Gun Control Will Not Solve Anything Guns are given a bad reputation because of the terrors that can be committed by people who want to cause harm. Those who are gun control advocates wish to ban certain weapons without basis, ban certain weapon attachments, and restrict the rights of the second amendment. Gun control supporters base their opinion on statistics about gun violence that use a portion of data that is not about gun violence just to boost the value of the number. Supporters of gun control dismiss the saying “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” because they are misinformed about the number of defensive gun uses (DGU) which far outnumbers the
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
The founding fathers idea for a great government was to distribute powers into branches that can also be balance and check by each other, which will also help them make the best decisions for their people. About two years ago, Obama put into place an executive action which protected about four million illegal immigrants from deportation. Since we were not able to deport all eleven million immigrants the Obama administration chose to help those that deserved to be here. They decided that the people that fell into that category were living in United States for several years, had not committed crimes and who have families here to take care of. It didn’t give anyone official legal status nor put them on the path to citizenship, because only congress can do that.
Some people have given up on this issue because throughout all the protest nothing has drastically been done about gun laws. Megan Brennan a writer of the Washington post said in an article tilitied "Support for Stricter Gun Laws Edges Up in U.S” “The public 's overall desire for stricter gun laws has fluctuated substantially since Gallup 's first measure in 1990. That year, a record-high 78% favored stricter laws covering the sale of firearms. A majority of Americans held that position until 2008. Support then fell to a low of 43% in 2011, when an equal number said gun laws should be kept as is.
Giffords is the founder of a gun-violence prevention group named “Americans for Responsible Solutions” (Wheaton 2015). According to Wheaton (2015), “Advocates including Giffords have pressed Obama to take new executive actions to tighten curbs on gun sales, in particular a move to require some small-scale gun sellers to get a dealers license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and conduct more background checks.” Gifford is a strong advocate for solutions to gun-violence, particularly because she was shot in the head in 2011. Therefore, Gifford is pushing for stricter gun control laws. Since the 1990’s the firearm homicide rate declined, and many believe that is because the access to firearms are more difficult now than before. According to "Reducing Gun Deaths In The USA" (2000:1367), “But the evidence also suggests that, at least in terms of firearm deaths and injuries, efforts to reduce the availability of handguns have had a major effect.” However, to this day it is still easy to obtain a FOID card and a concealed carry permit.