Gun control is a delicate and controversial subject that Americans have been arguing about for years. Gun control is a potential law that is aimed at diversifying the Second Amendment. It would restrict and prohibit private citizens in the United States to own and use certain firearms. The issue of gun control varies differently from country to country. For example, the United Kingdom has implemented much stricter gun control laws than what the United States has currently. Massacres on two separate occasions in United Kingdom are as follows; sixteen adults were killed by an assault weapon which led to the 1988 firearms amendment which banned assault style guns and the 1996 massacre of 16 school children brought a ban to hand guns in the U.K. Gun violence in the U.K. has dropped dramatically since the institution of these bans (rappler.com). Although Britain does not have the gun culture of America we could take lessons from the drop in gun deaths. The constitution declares that we all have a right to bear arms, but the ever expanding violence in our country is begging for officials to change and enforce the gun control laws for the safety of ourselves and others. There has been a major increase within American society to promote stricter gun control. With the life changing tragedies that occurred in Colorado, Utah, and most recently in Newtown, Connecticut, the demand for a more regulated gun control is at an all time high. If our government makes it tougher to purchase assault style weapons, the probability of massacres would be decreased. Less guns on the street means less violence. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 10% of children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental illness (huffingtonpost.com) First and foremost, mental health background checks must be made mandatory for all potential gun users looking to purchase a firearm. Potential gun purchasers should be required to agree to a criminal and mental health background check. Once the buyer’s background is approved and cleared only then should the purchase occur. As I stated in our debate, guns always seem to get in the wrong persons hands, and some its not the gun, but the people permitted to use them (change.org pargraph 3). When it comes to diagnosing adults, one in seventeen live with a mental illness, yet less than half of those who live with an illness are receiving treatment. Secondly, extensive background checks of the individual purchasing the gun should also be mandatory. Next and very important, all gun shows must be required to perform the same background checks as federally licensed sellers, and must maintain records on who they are selling their guns to. Right now, 40% of all gun purchases in the U.S. involve no background check (10news.com; paragraph 2). I believe the general public would agree with me that training hours on how to properly use and store a gun would be required for the gun that is purchased and these hours would be recorded by the state that the gun is registered in. By law in the United States, licenses and training hours are required to drive a car, so in turn, why are the officials not requiring licenses and training for the purchase of a firearm? Lastly, my strongest point being all military style and assault rifles should under no circumstances be sold to the general public and kept solely for military use only. An assault rifle is defined as a “selective fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine”. As Jillian stated in her opening statement in the debate, high velocity assault rifles are not used when hunting animals or at a shooting range, so why is there a need for the general public to own them? An individual can easily protect themselves with a simple handgun. This is why I am strongly against the ownership of assault rifles. The team against gun control expressed their argument and concern in their opening statement that Second Amendment
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…
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…
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…
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…
Government Honors28 March 2014
Many people have issues with the federal government deciding if there should be gun control. Some want to completely ban all civilian ownership of firearms and some want to make it harder for people to get guns. Whether they believe guns are good for America or dangerous for America that is still being argued. There are many out there that are against having gun control because they feel their Second Amendment rights are being violated. These…
The Pros of Gun Control
Over the past decade gun control in America has become quite the topic in most households. “In 2011, over 400,000 people were victims of crimes that involved firearms in the United States”(National Institute of Justice).You would think that most people would support regulations or state mandates that would bring more order to gun control, but our society shows mixed reviews on how to approach the issue. Our country has bred a culture of people who believe that guns are essential…
Gun Control in
The Unites States
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Gun control is any practice or intention designed to restrict or limit the possession, production, importation, shipment, sale, and/or use of guns or other firearms by private or commonly citizens. Most commonly the guns in question are personal firearms, typically handguns and long guns.
Gun control laws and policy vary greatly around the world; some countries such as the United Kingdom have very strict limits on gun possession while…
Gun Control - Page One
Crime and guns. The two seem to be cohesive with each other, but are they really associated with one another? Do guns lead to crimes? Do laws placing restrictions on firearm ownership really protect citizens or do they promote opportunities for criminals to take advantage of?
Gun violence is a regularly debated political issue in the United States, considering that 30,000 people die from a gunshot each year. Gun-related violence is most common in poor urban areas and…
Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden and Olivia Engel are only three of the twenty children killed in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (JD Journal 1). These innocent little children had their lives ripped away from them at the ages of six and seven by a mentally unstable man. They had no say, no input on whether they could live or die. It seems as though every week a new tragedy that no one was expecting; not the family of the shooter or the family of the shot, arises.…
people who have gun-disqualifying mental health histories have been reported to the National Instant Check System, where they could be discovered in a routine background check of a prospective gun purchaser. A felony conviction is also supposed to disqualify people from buying a gun, but only 40% of murder suspects have such a previous record of conviction.
The present national moment of grief and soul searching should not become another occasion for oversimplifying the problem of gun violence and…