Gun Control Laws Will NOT Reduce Crime Essay

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From the beginning of our nation up to today, we as a country have debated some of the most trying topics known to man. One topic that continues to make its way into our everyday lives is the epic “Gun Rights vs. Gun Control” argument. Opinions on both sides range from moderate to extreme, and some have even attempted extreme measures to get their points across. No matter what side of the argument you fall on, chances are, at some point, you can see the other point of view. It is this that causes such great dilemmas when attempting to put to rest one of the greatest debates in American history.

The United States was founded by a group of settlers that were tired of living under England’s tyrannical rule. These men decided to create a
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This topic has been debated in “town-hall” debates, local municipalities, and even as far up as the Supreme Court. The United States Supreme Court refused to rule one way or another for a long period of time. Eventually in 2008, the court decided to make a landmark decision on a case that was referred to it through the normal channel of appeals. On March 18, 2008, the Supreme Court heard arguments for the case of “DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER (No. 07-290)” (Court, 2008). The case centered around Dick Heller, a DC Special Police Officer. Heller had wanted to own and register a handgun at his residence for personal protection, and sought to obtain a license from the District of Columbia, where he resides. At the time, “The District of Columbia generally prohibited the possession of handguns. It was a crime to carry an unregistered firearm, and the registration of handguns was prohibited. See D. C. Code §§7–2501.01(12), 7–2502.01(a), 7–2502.02(a)(4) (2001). Wholly apart from that prohibition, no person may carry a handgun without a license, but the chief of police may issue licenses for 1-year periods. See §§22–4504(a), 22–4506. District of Columbia law also requires residents to keep their lawfully owned firearms, such as registered long guns, “unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device” unless they are located in a place of business or are being used for lawful recreational activities. See §7–2507.02” (States, 1789).