We Need Gun Control Laws to Ensure Public Safety Essay

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We Need Additional Gun Control Laws to Ensure Public Safety On April19, 1999, 7-year-old Nafis Jefferson was shot and killed with a .44-caliber revolver, a Rossi Model 720, while playing with friends along a street in his South Philadelphia neighborhood. Children found the gun stashed under an abandoned car parked along the street. One of the children, also a 7-year old boy, picked up the gun and fired it, hitting Nafis in the head. Nafis died six hours later at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This is an excerpt from a press release on 4/17/2001 (www.gunlawsuits.org). Our world today has altered immensely since the days of Adam. It is a perfect example of the maxim "survival of the fittest.'' Due to the captivating…show more content…
N.R.A's stance on the manufacturing, ownership and distribution of guns. 2. The fallacy of the Second Amendment. 3. The secondary and private sales market 4. The assault weapon's law. The National Rifle Association (NRA) treats gun control as an individual issue and avoids considering the problem as a collective safety measure. In 1986 N.R.A passed a legislation that restricts the ATF (BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & FIREARMS) from inspecting the gun dealers only once a year. It has consistently tried to hinder the funding of ATF and continues to oppose all gun registration systems that might aid in the tracing of guns used in crime (www.handguncontrol.org/facts). The sad fact is that the major usage of guns is for criminal purposes. The NRA and manufacturers of guns suffer if laws complicate the purchase and availability of guns. A recent development concerning the second amendment is ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT'S STATEMENT in a May 17th letter to the N.R.A(www.handguncontrol.org/press) endorsing the view that the second amendment guarantees the right of an individual ownership for personal purposes. This is an outright refutation of the decisions of the various Federal and State judges who consider ownership only with reference to the use of arms by an organized state militia. Another loophole in the sale of guns is the private and secondary market. In a private

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