Controversial Gun Control Laws

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Gun control is one of the oldest laws dating back to the early 1800’s. It was approved in the southern part of the United States. During this period, the Georgia administration banned handguns, but the Supreme Court cancelled the law after some time due to the second amendment. The second amendment of the United States which says “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.” has secured certain gun rights for Americans for more than two centuries. But, over the past years, more laws have been made regarding the purchase and usage of guns. The first national gun control law didn’t take place until the 1920’s and 30’s, almost a…show more content…
According to Lichtenheld, in the year 2002, there were over 30,000 deaths mainly caused by guns and only 163 were estimated to be a reasonable homicide. Which means the possibility of a gun being used in killing its owner is higher than it is being used to kill an outsider. Overall, Lichtenheld feels that concealed-carry laws extend more rights to crooks, guaranteeing that some weapons will fall into the wrong hands, making law enforcement a virtual nightmare. On the contrary, those against gun control feel that gun control increases crime. They feel that gun control renders the minorities, the elderly, poor and single women defenseless. They believe that guns have helped a lot in the United States. For instance, it has helped to reduce the high number of attacks on women especially in the aspect of rape. Shaun Connell, who is the president of the Rebirth of Freedom Foundation, believes that laws that hinder the ordinary citizen’s right to self-defense with a firearm can cause an increase in crime. He claims that the only way to know if gun control helps to increase or decrease crime is to calculate the number of crimes caused and prevented by guns. He then says, “If guns stop more crimes than they cause, then more guns, less crime but, if guns cause more crimes than they stop, then less guns, less crime” (Connell). Also, Robert J. Cottrol, who teaches History at Washington
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