Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of the Irresponsible

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“The Right to Bear Arms vs. the Need for Public Protection” Gun Violence Protection. Congressional Digest. Mar 2013. Web. 31 Mar 2013. This article gives background information on when gun laws were first enacted, beginning with the National Firearms Act of 1934. The act was established after the crimes of the gangsters during the Prohibition-Era. Gun laws were also more restricted after the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, which brought about the Gun Control Act of 1968. The Brady Bill was enacted in 1993 after President Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, was injured in the attempted assassination. After the recent school shootings, President Obama formed a Gun Violence Task Force to have better background checks, magazine limits for high powered guns, and made a plan to aid schools during emergency situations. This article gives a lot of background information telling how the gun laws originated and why it happened. I can see how the assassinations and an attempt on President Reagan fueled a desire to have stricter gun laws. This data will be a good reference to use in explaining how gun laws came about. It is interesting to note that the government is getting more involved in tightening gun laws after school shootings. It makes me wonder if that is the best thing to do. What will be an effective solution? Hall, MD Ryan Chaloner Winton and Susan Hatters Friedman, MD. “Guns, Schools, and Mental Illness:
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