History of Gun Control in America

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Introduction When it comes to controversial topics in today’s society, there are so many that it can be difficult to be a straight shooter. Among all of them, however, debate over gun control has been prevalent for so long, it is something many people can easily set their sights on. It is an issue everybody should have an opinion on, as it is vastly important, potentially threatening, and all too present in modern society. Many find the mere concept of gun control invasive to their constitutional rights, while others see lack of gun control to be astoundingly dangerous and entirely chimerical. Protection of oneself and their rights may or may not be more important than hundreds of lives lost potentially due to fairly unrestricted gun…show more content…
Increases in gun control were slight from then until the 1960’s, a decade bejeweled with peace movements. Landmark events such as the emerge of vast controversy of America’s war with Vietnam and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy encouraged broad legislation in favor of gun control. During this time period, Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson’s seized advantage of the nation’s opinions, and won passage of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (History of Gun-control Legislation 1). The latter became primary law for regulating firearms, restricting felons, drug users, and the mentally ill from buying guns, expanding gun dealers’ licensing and record keeping requirements, and raised the legal age for purchasing handguns to 21.
Nearly two decades later, constituential opinions toward gun control saw a prominent shift, displaying opposition of it. Congress passed the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, which protected gun dealers whom were not found to be violating multiple codes from inspections by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms more than once a year. The shift in opinion was not unanimous though, and during the same year civilian ownership of machine guns built after May 19th of 1986 was banned. However, the law played no effect on firearms
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