Essay The History of Gun Control in the United States

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“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” A gun license grants a user the right to own and use a firearm. Gun-right supporters strongly oppose federally mandated licensing or registration. They see both as dangerous steps toward revoking Second Amendment rights. They say that with mandated licensing or registration, a right guaranteed by the Constitution becomes a privilege granted by the government (Doeden). The topic of gun control/rights in the United States has a long history, which some see as unconstitutional, and could easily be relaxed by requiring background checks.
Historically, guns were a necessity to history. The Ku Klux Klan, Ronald Reagan, the NRA, and most of history all worked to control guns and gun rights. The Founding Fathers? They required gun ownership and regulated it. No group has more fiercely advocated the right to bear loaded weapons in public than the Black Panthers-- the true pioneers of the modern pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights in America, both sides have distorted history and the law, and there’s no resolution in sight. Opposition to gun control was what drove the black militants to visit the California capitol with loaded weapons in hand. The Black Panther party had been formed 6 months earlier by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Guns became central to the Panthers’ identity, as they taught their early recruits that “gun is the only thing that will free us-- gain us our liberation.” In time, the…