Gun Control And The United States

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Gun control has been a debated, revisited and revised issue for more than a century in the United States. Recently, after several mass shootings in the United States, gun violence issues are; yet again, renewed and in the forefront for the United States. This paper will consist of insight on gun violence in the United States and the newly imposed gun control policies by President Obama; along with, the arguments for and against the new policies and what roles both the formal and informal actors have played in the resolve of this; once again, disturbing issue.
The right of U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that "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." The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) enforce all federal statutes, regulating firearms; however, state laws vary significantly and are independent of the federal laws. Gun laws also differ considerably from state to state and gun holders are required to abide by the laws of the state they are in, regardless of their state of residency.
Pew Research Center, an independent and non-advocacy organization, has obtained data and statistics surrounding the gun control controversy. In 2015, Jens Manuel Krogstad, reported that, according to an analysis of data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

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