One side calls them weapons of war, the other side claims the term “assault weapon” is merely an intimidating term used to scare liberals and anti-gun advocates. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a national ban on assault weapons. The assault weapons ban comes with a sunset effect and every 10 years the ban automatically expires and every gun advocate crawls out of hiding to make sure the ban doesn’t renew (“Should the government restrict access to assault weapons?”). Congress needs to stand up to the NRA to reinstate the ban. Assault weapons are militarized styled guns that are meant to kill a mass number of people at an alarming rate and these weapons should not be in the hands of ordinary citizens. Because of the way they are designed, …show more content…
Mental health care and gun violence meet at a very bumpy crossroad. According to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, “What we have seen – and a common theme among many of these mass shootings – is a theme of mental illness” (Flores). Adam Lanza, Seung Hui Cho, James Holmes, Elliot Rodgers, Aaron Alexis, and Dylann Roof: what do these six men have in common? They are all mass shooters that were diagnosed as mentally ill. All six of these men have failed to detect their illness and properly treat it. On April 16th, 2007, America was aghast by one of the massive school shootings to date. Seung Hui Cho, described as “angry and disturbed”, killed 32 people and wounded 17 others. As a little boy, Cho was bullied and diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and major depression disorder. After the shooting, Virginian governor Tim Kaine gather together numerous officials and experts to investigate and determine what Cho’s objective was. The final report contained more than 30 pages about Cho’s mental history. The report has found that Cho’s mental health history should have prevented him from buying guns
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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.
Overview of Mental Health vs. Guns In Nick Anderson´s visual argument, a man is drawn along with a gun store and a tall stairway leading to a psychiatrist. The message the artist is trying to get through across is that getting access to a gun is easier than getting access to mental health. Not only is the gun store less complicated to get into, but it also seems more welcoming.
Military style assault weapons were created for one singular purpose. And that is to kill other human beings. Weapons like the AR-15 and the AK-47, are semi-automatic, they are relatively lightweight and compact, and they are designed to equip magazines containing anywhere from 5 to 100 rounds of ammunition at a time. These weapons are currently available for legal purchase within the United States by anyone who successfully passes a background check and surpasses the legal qualifications. Because of this, these weapons are used every year, every single year, in shootings across the country.
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.
In 1994 the government placed a ban on 19 firearms that were categorized as assault weapons. This banned had the intention to reduce shootings and it did. Many people agreed to these this ban. Statistics show that “77% of the American people and 66% gun owners want to put a ban on Assault weapons (Alters). So the ban didn’t really argue on some people’s views.
and fearmongering. The “assault weapons ban” that some are trying to pass is essentially useless as the majority of attacks do not involve these types of rifles, also the weapons they are trying to ban are only aesthetically different than other rifles under the same ban. An assault weapon is also a made up term used to scare people. Anything could be an assault weapon, it would add a lot of credibility to the anti-gun argument if correct terms were used. Also most people talk about the magazine and call them “clips” which is incorrect.
Gun violence is a major problem in our American culture that must be addressed. It affects every American and how we choose to live our daily lives. With the amount of appalling mass shootings that occur frequently in the United States, the federal government has an obligation to its citizens to help prevent these reoccurring tragedies. This obligation from the government should come in the form of universal background checks, restrictions on specific guns, and mental health tests. For the purpose of clearness, I will use the AR-15 as the primary example of weapons that government should increase regulations upon.
The ability to own assault weapons is ruining our country. Even with the rights of the Second Amendment innocent people are being harmed, people 's opinions are being ignored, and mental illnesses are being overlooked. All assault weapons should be banned. Innocent people, including children in schools, are affected due to assault weapons when used in mass shootings. Allowing children to be exposed to this type of scenery caused trauma most people can not recover from, especially at a young age.
Jerry Zremski of the Buffalo News reported that are more than three million AR-15s in the United States alone and they retail for about $1,500 each. If one does the math, that creates a $5 billion industry if you only consider the assault weapons in America. Since the market for heavy weapons like assault rifles has such a huge market, a large amount of citizens are employed to run this industry, more than 263,000 to be precise (Popken). With more than a quarter of a million people employed by one business, trying to shut it down would be virtually impossible when it creates as much money and jobs as it does. For that very reason, making so many jobs and so much money, is why the federal government will not try to change anything about the gun control problem in America.
June 12, 2016, Omar Siddiqui Mateen killed 49 people and injured 50 others, at Pulse nightclub, 2 firearms were used. Assault weapons were originally designed to defend the government’s armed forces. Although, assault weapons have been more commonly used in murderous and dreadful situations than defense situations. The situations that assault weapons have been used to have evolved because they are easier to be purchased by a private citizen. This is why the production, sale, and possession of assault weapons for private citizens should be banned in the U.S.
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.
In the United State there is a problem that need to be fixed, people’s opinions about this problem are completely different opinions, the country is divided in the way they think, because half of them think that the country need a new assault weapons ban. Nevertheless, half of people think that it is not necessary because with guns restrictions or without them, this country is always violent. Violence is a problem to solve, and many people believe that the availability of assault guns create more violence and in some way create more destruction, but also there is the other half of the country who think that assault weapons are used only for sports and things that are not related with crime, in our country is necessary to the government to take the leadership and have a solution for a problem that is
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was ratified in 1994, by President Bill Clinton. It entailed a ban on the manufacture, possession, or transfer of semiautomatic assault weapons, as well as large capacity ammunition feeding devices. The ban was enacted for 10 years and expired in 2004. Even though it was hard to discern how the ban effected crime or gun violence it should be reinstated, since it made a significant affect on gun control. It banned assault weapons, a military style, to be sold to citizens.
Assault weapons should be banned because the use of weapons are not for defending
Do guns kill people or do people kill people? This question has been asked along with what other precautions we can take in school safety. There is no one solution that will solve all the problems when it comes to school safety, mental illness, or gun control, but there are ways that people can help in each of these. The fact that when we hear there is a school shooting and we do all we can to help in the short run is good, but after a period of time the public forgets, they always forget. There is a link between mental illness, and school shootings, but there is almost always more to the story then what’s on the surface.