Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation

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A growing number of publicized tragedies caused by gun violence have caused a great stir in the American community. Recently, President Barack Obama has made proposals to tighten the regulation of and the restrictions on the possession of weapons in America to lessen these tragedies. Should the legislative branch decide in favor of his proposals, all American citizens who do or wish to own the type of weapons in question or who use current loopholes in existing policy would be directly affected. His proposals, which are to “require background checks for all gun sales, strengthen the background check system for gun sales, pass a new, stronger ban on assault weapons, limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, finish the job of getting…show more content…
It is for this bias that they may not be seen as a reputable source of fact on the issue. “Why would they show the horrors of gun violence when their organization revolves around guns,” many liberals ask. While organizations may be an unreliable source of reason due to the impact that resulting laws may have on them, they still propose valid points. Obama’s proposals function on one of the oldest, fundamental goals of government: to provide order and security to those governed. By requiring universal background checks, those deemed “unfit” to possess a firearm would not legally have a way to buy one and therefore the severity of the situation, should one of these individuals act on any rash thoughts, would be greatly reduced. The same would be true if individuals who were able to possess firearms were only able to have ones of a less ridiculous nature and with less ammunition to carry out any homicidal intentions. The right to ban these “dangerous and unusual weapons” has already been ruled by the Supreme Court in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller to be in accordance with the Constitution. In 1994, two laws were passed which did these two things. However, due to loopholes, they were less effective than intended. Even still, statistical information shows that since the year they were passed, there has been a steady
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