United States' Gun Control Problem Essay

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United States' Gun Control Problem

Gun control is hardly a new issue in America, much less in American politics. Ownership of guns is extraordinarily widespread in the United States, and has been for some time. Since the late 1950s, the share of American households reporting at least one firearm has remained fairly constant at just under 50 percent (Gun Control Debate 959). This shift in the character of ownership has taken place against a complicated legal backdrop, the basic feature of which at the federal level is the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Brady Crime Prevention Act passed in 1994 (Cohen). Far outnumbering federal regulations are the various local and state laws that have long been
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Manufacturers may become more motivated as they start losing lawsuits that find the manufacturers negligent, causing them to pay millions of dollars in damages. Judges are concluding that the manufacturers “knew or should have known that their guns can operate in a reckless or incompetent manner (“Do Guns Mean Crime?”).”

As for the demand side of the equation, gun-control groups have called for new laws that would place further barriers in the path of criminals and other people prohibited from buying firearms. At the top of this list, particularly after investigators discovered where the weapons used in the Columbine massacre were obtained, has been closing the “gun show loophole” (Williams). As it stands now, there are more than 4,000 such events held each year where private collectors and hobbyists do not have to run background checks on potential buyers and as a result, they have become a key source from criminals and the illegal gun trade (“Gun Control Debate” 962). Those opposed to the notion point with some justice to its arbitrariness, since it would not affect the private sale of firearms at any other venue: to skirt the new law, private sellers could arrange to complete their transactions elsewhere. The “gun show loophole” illustrates the need to extend the
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