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
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…
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…
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…
Gun Control vs. Gun Rights
Since the passing of the Second Amendment granting “the right of the people to keep and
bear arms”, issues and debates pertaining to gun regulation were inevitable. People have abused
their rights to protect themselves and used the weapon to exploit their dirty desires. Due to their
injustices, laws putting restrictions and strict enforcements on guns are continually being issued.
In California more gun laws are coming into legislature and there is much debate on…
Guns are very powerful weapons, and they are so easy to access now a days. The United States has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, gun crime and murders had been increasing every year. Cutting the source of distribution of these weapons to U.S population wont be quite be the solution to this problem, but yes to make the possibilities to obtain an specific categories of fire arms more “strict”. For instance running background checks…
Reforming Canada’s Gun Control Laws
CLU3M0 – B
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ms. Grant, Mr. Melkoumian
Guns have proven to provide power to the people for centuries until now, where in Canada only the government holds this power entirely. In Canada, the use of guns has been limited so strictly that the people virtually have no control over guns at all; this is due to the unreasonable gun controls of Canada. To begin, the…
Gun Control, one of the most debated topics in recent times. With discussions and controversies on whether to enforce stricter laws on owning guns, this discussion on gun control is endless. There is no right and wrong for owning a gun, however, the way people have been abusing the amendment to bear arms is wrong. In recent years more and more issues come up with mass shootings and innocent people getting shot. The gun control policy needs to be much stricter. Guns should not…
still able to purchase their guns legally.
Although I am a huge advocate for guns I still believe that broader gun policy is necessary to contain the violence associated with guns.
This topic is creditable because it has been the hottest topic in the news for what seems like forever. People have been talking about gun control ever since the first ever identified mass shooting in 1983.
Since I am a gun advocate I have been keeping up with the gun control debates over the years and I…
Mrs. J. Brown
19 March 2013
America has a Right to Own Guns
Picture this, a world where no guns exist except for the ones in the governments hands. Think of a future America where no gun owners exist because the government has banned all use of firearms and stripped the American people of their second amendment right. Many people in America today have become aware and even alarmed by some of the new possible gun laws that are being proposed and put in place by the government. As a…