A Brief Note On The Gun Control Act Of 1968

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Liza Wingfield Cygan Honors English 1 December 18, 2015 Living In A Gun Controlled Society According to the Second Amendment, citizens of the United States have the right to bear arms while protecting ourselves. Gun control is set into place to retain firearms from the hands of the ‘good guys’. In most cases, it is highly plausible for a bad guy to reach hands on a weapon, whether it be from black market, cross borders, or illegal street sales. These men won’t be stopped by just any gun laws. As the saying goes: where there’s a will, there’s a way. Gun control is a social injustice because there are not enough laws to protect citizens against absurd, illogical gun use, and The Gun Control Act of 1968 works to address this issue by…show more content…
Due to the Second amendment, these tragedies are hard to prevent leaving the citizens defenseless to criminals. A widely-known study conducted by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz in the 1990s found that there were somewhere between 830,000 and 2.45 million defensive gun used in the US annually (Bell). Gun control proponents often argue that having possession of a gun puts people in risk because the suspect could easily take the gun and use it against them, yet studies have shown the situation is reversed. The Cato data contains only 11 out of 4,699 stories where a criminal took a gun away from a defender, but 277 where the intended victim disarmed the bad guy (Bell). Generally speaking, with more guns there will not necessarily be less crime. In other words, let concealed guns be in the hand of more people, and assaults go up. These explanations are about as credible for the contrasting theory: Put more guns into the picture, and more bad things are bound to happen. The Gun Control Act of 1968 addresses this issue by regulating interstate commerce in firearms by generally prohibiting possession of guns except among licensed manufacturers, dealers, and importers. Sparked by the assassinations of past presidents and revolutioners, President Lyndon B. Johnson
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