Persuasive Speech: The Need for Gun Control

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Introduction The United States of America is a nation of massacres by military-type assault weapons. Aware of the deadliness of these weapons and due to public safety concerns clearly outweighing the benefits of personal ownership of military-type assault weapons, the United States passed the 1994 Federal Ban on military-type assault weapons. This ban was notably effective during the 10 years it was in effect. However, the Ban automatically expired in 2004. Since that time, the number of U. S. mass murders has markedly increased. Attempts to reinstate the Ban, most recently the stricter 2013 Ban, have all failed. Nevertheless, the less restrictive 1994 Ban did pass the Senate and House of Representatives at one point and was successful. Therefore, the 1994 Federal Ban on military-type assault weapons should be reinstated. Central Idea The 1994 Federal Ban on military-type assault weapons should be reinstated. Division Military-Type Assault Weapons Should be Banned We have become a nation of massacres by military-type assault weapons (Kase). The Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution states, "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" (United States of America). However, the market demand for assault weapons derives at least in part from their usefulness as instruments of mass murder (Keating 665). The most publicized mass murders were those in which an older

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