Gun Control Does Not Equate to Less Gun Violence Civilian gun ownership has been debated, banned, allowed, and limited for as long as firearms have been used as a weapon against another human. Many arguments have been proposed over time about why civilians should, or should not be afforded the right to bear arms. What seems to be the most common modern opposition is that there is truly no need for civilians to own a gun, in this day and age. Many who oppose guns simply think less guns, less gun violence. However, Americans have always had the right to bear arms. There are millions of law abiding Americans that use the right to bear arms for various reasons, including: hunting, sport shooting, self-defense, and the simple reason of they can. Whatever the reason for, or against the right to bear arms there is still a looming issue in America, and that issue is gun violence. 2014 statistics show that “67.9 percent” of murders, along with “40.3 percent of robberies, and 22.5 percent of aggravated assaults” that were committed in America were done so with a firearm of some sort (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2014). A go-to solution for this is to create stricter gun legislation in an effort to limit who can sell, purchase, own, and carry firearms. As well as, what guns and gun accessories can be bought, sold, and possessed. All in an effort to reduce gun violence. However, gun control is not the solution to gun violence because gun bans only harm law abiding citizens, gun laws
Gun control has been a long debate to determine if it’s better to have stricter access to firearms. America is one of the few countries that has gun rights embedded in their constitution. But what makes the US exceptional is that it has the right to keep and bear arms,
The debate over gun control has been raging through the American political systems for years. On one side, there is the National Rifle Association (NRA) and 2nd Amendment-citing citizens who use their firearms for hunting and self-defense. On the other, there is Handgun Control Inc. (HCI) and followers of the Brady Campaign who want to ban guns on the basis that they are dangerous. Both sides have strong arguments, anchored in historical precedent and statistical analysis. Anti-gun control lobbyists’ arguments include the guarantee of the 2nd Amendment, the definition of “militia” as any adult male, self-defense, the relative uselessness of permits and regulations, and court cases in favor of firearm possession. Pro-gun control activists
Supporters of gun control want more laws put in place to control buying and selling of firearms. They don’t believe having responsible, law-abiding citizens with guns makes anyone more safe. It is our constitutional right as Americans to bear arms. I agree with the opponents of gun control in that they believe “gun violence is the fault of the perpetrators of violent deeds, not the guns themselves” (Gun Control Laws). The saying has been repeated millions of times: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Society benefits from firearms in the hands of the right people, the responsible citizens who obtain their weapons legally. One alternative to gun control is law enforcement trying to get unregistered weapons off the street,
“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.” This is the second amendment, the right to bear arms. Throughout history, it has been, seen as one of the most controversial and significant pieces of text in the United States Constitution with many debating over its meaning, context, and role in modern society. Since its ratification, Americans have been arguing over the amendment's meaning and interpretation. One side interprets the amendment to mean it provides for collective rights, while the opposing view is that it provides individual rights. Although the meaning of the second amendment continues to be a hot-button issue for both sides of the aisle one thing is certain, the role that it plays in the American way of life and the lives that it has affected remains a critical aspect of
America has the highest amount of gun related deaths each year in the world. “In Germany 381, in France 255, in Canada 165 in the United Kingdom 68, in Australia 65, in Japan 39 and in the United States, 11,127” (Moore Michael, 51:15-51:48). Since the United States has the highest number of deaths, it is important to have gun-control laws that restrict people from owning dangerous firearms like machine guns. Gun-control laws should support both sides of the debate. Of course, both sides will not be completely happy with the laws created, but America should have a balance. In 2008, a poll was taken stating: “Adult poll respondents’ views on the meaning of the Second Amendment; An individual’s right to bear arms: Republican 51% and Democrats 41%” (The History of the Right to Bear Arms). Today, the United States is more divided on gun-control than it has ever been. The Second Amendment 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”(Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation). Unless the Second Amendment is changed, we cannot take the right from others to own guns. However, the government should regulate the types of gun Americans can own and who can own a gun because times have changed and American’s mental health system is broken.
Kids always try to get their hands on a Nerf or airsoft gun. But imagine if people HAD to bear arms in the US. People get shot all of the time, and that is one of the major reasons why this law should be passed. Also, guns are popular, with people going paintballing and kids playing with Nerf guns. But the only problem would be that if weapons are distributed into the wrong hands, heck could break loose. This law should be passed because is for the better.
Vivian Chen SPA 220: Constitution Paper The Right to Bear Arms The context of the Second Amendment has frequently been debated in American history. Namely, the constitutionality of issuing restrictive laws on gun control based on the Second Amendment has caused controversy. In the last fifty years the prevalence of this topic has grown dramatically. With the increase in recent tragic events, such as school shootings and homicides, guns laws have become a common topic. Gun control activists have often sought stricter restrictions and laws to prevent citizens from purchasing and possessing guns in general. While there are many interesting arguments on both sides of the issue, it poses an important question on our inherent rights, as guaranteed
Why Gun Control Would Not Work Gun control is a very controversial topic that has has a huge impact on the United States of America. One side believes that if guns were taken away as a whole, the country would see significantly less gun related crimes and death, while the other opposing side thinks that taking away guns is not only against the Second Amendment but would lead to an increase in crime and death because the government would take guns away from people who are legally registered to own and conceal guns. The ongoing debate will continue until the foreseeable future but their are plenty of reasons why more gun laws should be made. Taking away guns is not the answer, learning how to deal with gun violence is the key.
Gun Control In the course of history gun control and mass shootings has always been an issue, but much too often, history has been being made. Gun control is an understatement for what actually is being implemented. The process to get a gun, for example, a rifle, is all too easy. Let me personally walk you through this gruesome process . First, you walk into the store, second you pick your desired weapon, third you walk to the cashier to do a background check, finally you buy the gun. The hardest part about that process was choosing the actual weapon you want. With little gun control comes more mass shootings, and with more control comes less mass shootings. Obtaining a gun is much too easy, and needs to become more strict, or even
No matter who you are, you have an opinion of gun control. In a poll done by the New York Post they state “Americans back stricter gun laws sixty six-thirty one percent.”(Moore, 2018). One whos is pro gun control might point out that there is more guns in circulation in America then there is living here including illegal guns. In America gun owners have no specific laws saying that they need a special permit to be selling firearms privately. What this means, is that all a person needs is a way to find a private seller and then they can buy a gun with no background check required. Another argument leading off of the last one is mental illness. Since scannings for mental illness are so rare and people don't need permits to buy or sell privately owned guns, this makes it easier for people with mental health issues to own a guns. Some of the pro gun-control advocates think making gun owners register their firearms to the state would make it a lot harder for these guns to be transferred to a person with issues. Another idea is running statewide mental illness tests. These test would be just like having to go get your license renewed except with the test it would be every two years except for the people who have reported problems. Another idea that some people have is banning all guns. There are several reasons why this wouldn’t work. A couple of
Our founding father gave American citizens the right to bear arms, but was that the best idea or was it even the safest idea? Many Americans today own a gun and the majority use their gun in a safe manner. However, when the gun was first invented, it was intended to kill whether that be hunting, self-defense, or in battle. The gun is still to this day intended to kill and will always hold that purpose. Americans were given the right to bear arms in a time of need during the end of the revolutionary war, where there was still opposition from loyalists, in the early years of the country. Over the past two centuries, guns have become more advanced way beyond any beliefs of the founding fathers. Guns in America are not benefiting society but
As of February of 2018, there have been over 5,000 gun-related incidents in America this year, resulting in over 1,000 deaths. 18 of these gun-related events occured on school grounds, resulting in 22 deaths. These statistics are a disturbing look into the way that gun laws are handled
Gun Control Gun control has been debated quite a bit over the last couple of years due to recent domestic terrorist attacks. These attacks have caused political views on gun control to waver, regardless of our Second Amendment rights. Sociologist would see gun control as a way to divide our country
Guns are usually put into three main types: handguns, rifles, and shotguns. In the United States, in 2014 there were around 14,249 murders committed, 68% of them committed with some sort of firearm. (http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp). According to procon.org most Americans, gun owners included, are in support of the new gun laws and restrictions. (http://gun-control.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=006436). Also, on rense.com it states that, though crime and gun control are often associated with one another, they aren’t always partners in crime when the crime occurs. While yes there are approximately 30,000 deaths by firearm each year, not all of it is criminal related. 65% of those deaths are suicides, and 15% of the deaths are caused by the police or other law enforcers. That makes up 80% of the deaths by firearms. These are things that are rarely discussed by media. In contrast to this, it is not required for someone to pass a background check before purchasing a gun. This includes people who are known to have severe mental illnesses, felons, and/or criminals. From January of 2012 to November of that same year the government completed nearly 16.8 million background checks on gun purchases. That number was the highest since 1998. In an article on U.S.A. Today it states that December of 2015 was the last time that the Senate held a vote in regards towards gun legislation. This vote was held after two shooters, husband and wife, killed 14 people. This was the event that took place in San Bernardino. At the time of that vote there were four proposals. After the voting took place all four of them were shot down. In addition to the San Bernardino shooting, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, which killed twenty six people had created proposals on the issue of gun control as well. Those were, too, defeated. It has become periodic,