Gun Control Policy “Four out of every 10 Americans own a gun. And nearly 3 out of 4 believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to have a firearm.” (Schwartz 41). The second amendment in the Bill of Rights states that as a citizen of America we are entitled to “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”(law.cornell.edu). So, should people today have the right to protect themselves with bear arms or should they not be allowed to protect themselves and give up guns completely? The people that argue in favor of guns state that not everyone is misusing it. Many are using guns for their own personal protection or even in hunting for recreational purposes. On the contrary people not in favor or guns argue that guns are hazardous to human’s safety. They claim that banning weaponry all together will help decrease the possibility of violence due to guns. Is the gun policy a fair assessment of how to handle weapons or should new ideas and solutions be drawn up to help resolve the two-sided conflict? The gun control policy today, is causing more restrictions on guns in effort to reduce violence, but is shown to not always be successful in its execution. In an article The Atlantic online newspaper, author Jeffrey Goldberg stated that, “Guns are responsible for roughly 30,000 deaths a year in America; more than half of those deaths are suicides. In 2010, 606 people, 62 of them children younger than 15, died in accidental shootings” (Goldberg 1). Although guns are shown to be responsible for 30,000 deaths not all are caused by pure acts of intentional violence. In Goldberg’s statistics it was shown that more than half of the 30,000 deaths were due to suicide and accidental deaths. The people committing suicide are not in a mentally stable mindset to make correct decisions and the death of children under 15 are due to accidentally acquiring a loaded gun and resulting in a tragic outcome. Author Emma Schwartz of In Congress, the Uphill Battle for Gun Control included in her article that in the state of Florida laws have been passed, “requiring owners to protect children by keeping their guns locked or unloaded reduced deaths among children” (Schwartz 41). If taking the actions of simply locking a gun up away from a child or unloading the ammo of a gun leads to a decrease of deaths among children then why must this not be a law passed in every state across the U.S! Innocent children of tragic firearm accidents could be saved! Schwartz also added a quote in her article from Vice President, Jim Sollo of the Virginia Center for Public Safety stating, “We have more than 250 million guns in this country, and not all of those guns are in the hands of rational people” (Schwartz 41). Jim Sollo is correct in that people that are mentally unstable should not have access to hand guns but, putting a restraint on guns will not stop violent people that are set out to kill. If a person wants access to a gun to kill another person they will find a way to get their hands on a gun despite government restrictions. By statistics shown previously, over half the deaths were by suicides and accidental deaths, not by acts of intentional violent crimes. If increased rates of death are caused by suicide and misplacement of firearms in a child’s hands rather than pure acts of violence, then the direction and attention of gun control should be focused on the awareness of safety. Another point Goldberg showed in his statistics is that in “the 1994 ban on sales of certain types of semiautomatic weapons, known as the assault-weapons ban, expired in 2004 and was not reauthorized” (Goldberg 1). If government banned sales on certain types of weapons in1994 why would they not reauthorize the ban in 2004 when it expired? Was it an illogical approach to control guns or did the government simply give up knowing the
Gun control is a pretty controversial issue.
There are groups on both sides arguing why we
should or should not have rules when it comes
to gun regulation. When asked about it, most
people who own a gun have it to protect
themselves (67%), the next most popular reason
is for target shooting (66%), and the last is for
Gun control is a controversial issue
because there have been Increased…
February 21, 2013
America is known as the land of freedom. However, in present times some citizens feel that the new firearm legislation proposed by the President and his subordinates is stripping that very freedom from them. On the other hand there are many citizens that feel the new legislation will give citizens comfort and peace of mind.
In January 2013, President Barack Obama announced that there should be new gun laws in regards mainly to the horrific…
Katie Zurita Solis
18 December 2014
The United States of America has laws in place for ownership and control of
weapons such as guns. The Constitutions under The Second Amendment gives U.S
citizens the right to own and bear arms. Unfortunately, throughout the past decade the
United States has seen events in where its citizens have abused their right to bear arms.
Ownerships of weapons in America resulted in massive shootings in schools and malls…
May 11, 2013
Out of all modern states, the U.S. has the longest democratic tradition. Most democratic norms, freedoms and rules of functioning of political institutions have been enshrined by the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787. However, this continuity has not only positive consequences: the creators of the Constitution could not have foreseen how the situation in the domestic and foreign policy would change within centuries, that is why many provisions…
While researching gun control in America we are becoming more and more
stricter on our policies. Of course people have different viewpoint on the subjects.
It is definitely a subject that we need to take very serious. Gun control is a right that
every law-abiding citizen should have since our founding fathers made it our second
amendment for a reason.
The recent mass shooting such as the movie theatre in Colorado have made
people pro-gun control. In those…
and more importantly, a problem with guns.
Like every other good ol' boy, I am concerned about being the victim of a random shooting, but at the same time, I want to be able to take down a nice10-point buck during hunting season. Guns effect every one of us every day. They fill us with fear or they make us feel protected. My point is this: guns are a problem, but using gun control to abolish them isn't necessarily the best solution. In gun control I mean laws that keep firearms off the…
When gun control is discussed, the conversation tends to center around gun crimes rather than how guns affect abuse situations and suicide. Gun control should be a conversation that covers a wide variety of topics so the pros and cons of either opinion on the topic can be examined fairly and in depth. In 2010, 62% of all gun deaths were suicide. This makes suicide the leading death category for gun violence according to the executive director at SmartGunLaws.org, Robyn Thomas, who graduated with…
One of the most controversial topics in today’s society is the one on Gun control. Lee and Stingl states that “the term gun control as it is used in the United States refers to any action taken by the federal government or by state or local governments to regulate, through legislation, the sale, purchase, safety, and use of handguns and other types of firearms by individual citizens.” (Lee & Stingl, 2015, para 1). It is a matter that has been debated in the courts and on the streets, however, it…
our guns!? The simple answer? They’re not. Yes, the government is trying to increase the amount of laws and regulations regarding guns, however the issue is not as bad as some people make it sound. When the matter of gun control is carefully analyzed, looking at the constitution and what it says, the laws that already exist, and the actual firearms themselves, the reasons for our government's actions, as well as the effects of those actions can be seen in full. The main issue of gun control today…
the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to have firearms. Since this amendment is relatively vague, it is up for interpretation, and is often used by gun advocates to argue for lenient gun laws. Hence, gun control is a frequently discussed controversial topic in American politics. I believe this Amendment gives U.S citizens the right to own a firearm for safety and protection for themselves and their families. This and nine other…