Essay on Gun Control

Submitted By FocusZTSRS
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Clint Eastwood once said “I have a very strict gun control policy: If there is a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” Gun control is a popular topic for politicians now days. The United States does not need more gun control.

One thing politicians suggest are universal background checks. Criminals won’t participate in a “Universal” system (LaPierre 1). Even when felons do try to buy a gun and are flagged, they’re almost never stopped (LaPierre 1). The background check system proposed is aimed the wrong way. There is nothing at all ‘universal’ about it, and nothing reasonable about legislation that doesn’t include criminals and the mentally disturbed in its universe (LaPierre 1). Other problems such as the renewal of the assault weapons ban.

The assault weapons ban of 1994-2004 was an attempt to stop gun violence, and it failed. The assault weapons ban did not stop mass shootings. During the assault weapons ban, there were ten mass shootings, with a total of sixty two people dead (CCC 1). People who don’t follow the law will get there hands on these weapons regardless. Data on California’s assault weapons ban are ambiguous at best. In 2011, the state had almost the same rate of gun homicides as the rest of the US (Richman 2)
Assault weapons bans are also unconstitutional. The Second Amendment states “... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”, which is as clear as daylight. It is the people’s right. Politicians should not assume they have a free hand to restrict private gun ownership (Rivkin Grossman 1). The government cannot abridge constitutionally protected rights simply to make a symbolic point or because it feels that something must be done. Any measure must be justified by a legitimate government interest that is compelling or at least important. At the same time, any regulation must be”narrowly tailored” to achieve that interest (Rivkin Grossman 1).
If you read the ban of 1994 it is