Gun Control And Gun Violence

1172 WordsJan 11, 20165 Pages
Eighty-nine people depart from this earth due to gun violence in the US every day. From school children, to victims of domestic violence, to people going about their daily lives, this status quo is unacceptable. On Tuesday January 5th, 2016 President Obama announced that he would send proposals on reducing gun violence in America to Congress. His spokesman, Jay Carney, mentioned that this is “a complex problem that will require a complex solution.” The ability to own a gun is considered by some a birthright of Americans. However, with crime rates involving handguns rising each day it has become quite clear. Handgun laws must become stricter in order to reduce homicide and crime. The question is, “which solution in most effective in decreasing gun violence?” Gun control is a major conflict that is constantly reoccurring and the US is seemingly divided over it. "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." These are the words of the second amendment. Many Americans believe that the second amendment needs to be ratified as some people are taking advantage of this right. For example, former member of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Paul Stevens, published his latest book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. Stevens believes that the authors of the second amendment were concerned about the threat that a national army posed to the power of the states, as

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