There are roughly three hundred million firearms owned by United Sates civilians as of 2010. Of these three hundred million, about one hundred million are handguns such as pistols or revolvers. The United States has populated about three hundred and seven million people and of these three hundred and seven million people, fourth-seven to fifty-three million people live in households which have firearms available. In today’s society caring a firearms is no different than having on the latest Jordan’s, everyone has them. The difficulty in buying a firearm off the street is slim to none and anyone can get their hands on one. Gun control and gun violence are two of the most talked about controversy in year 2013. It is clear that our President strongly believes in the Second Amendment (guarantees an individual right to bear arms). But to better protect our children and our communities from tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Tucson, there are four common-sense steps we can take right now (which will later be discussed). On your average day, in your average city in the U.S., guns causes the death of more than eighty people, injure more the three hundred people and are used in more the three thousand crimes. Some of the most traumatic events that has happened in our country has happen because firearms end up in the hands of individuals who are not mature enough to handle that responsibility. For example, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where a male by the name of Adam Lanza killed a total of twenty six individuals and soon turned the gun on himself within five minutes of shooting his way into the building. An arsenal of weapons including guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bayonet and several swords were found in the home and car of the gunman. Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky reports Lanza killed all twenty six victims with a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a glock 10 mm handgun. He also reports that Lanza had another loaded handgun with him inside the school as well as three thirty round magazines for the Bushmaster. There were one hundred and fifty four spent .223 casings recovered at the scene, there was a loaded 12-gauge shotgun in the car that Lanza drove to the school with two magazines containing 70 rounds of Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds. It is obvious that none of these weapons belonged in the hands of this individual or any other law abiding citizen. As President Obama said following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.” As 2011 there were twelve thousand six hundred and sixty four homicides total, eight thousand five hundred and eight three of those homicides were caused by firearms according to the FBI. Acts have been in effect to control gun safety for hundreds of years. There are two major federal laws that control firearm ownership and sales. The first being The National Firearms Act of 1934 which puts restrictions on civilians from owning automatic weapons, short-barreled shotguns, hand grenades, and other powerful weapons. Next, The Gun Control Act of 1968 which focuses on commerce. It forbids any mail-order sales of weapons, and requires anyone in the business of selling guns to be federally licensed and to keep a permanent sales records. It also prohibits knowingly selling a gun to anyone who has a prior criminal records, minors, individuals with any recorded mental health problems, etc. In 1993 the act of The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 was passed. It requires licensed gun dealers to perform background checks. Background checks are not required for private gun sales. To ensure the privacy of the buyers, in Section 103(i) of the Act prevents the Federal government from keeping the names
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 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…
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
8 A.M MWF
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…