September 28, 2014
Gun Regulations and Rights of American Citizens
For centuries guns have always been a part of America’s way of life. In today’s society
gun violence has been a political topic for many politicians and gun control advocates. A topic
that is a concern for many advocates and political parties is creating more gun regulations to help
prevent gun violence. This is an issue that currently matters to me will more regulations help in
controlling the gun violence. There have been mass shootings in the United States throughout
history. A CNN article reports the 25 worse mass shooting that had happened in the United
States. On April 16, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia a 23 year old student by the name of Seung-
Hui Cho killed 32 people in two different locations and wounds an undetermined amount of
people as well on his college campus. Killeen, Texas October 16, 1991 a 35 year old man named
George Hennard shoots and kills 23 people after crashing his truck through a wall a Luby’s
Cafeteria. December 14, 2012 is one of the most memorable mass shootings that had taken place
in The United States. 20 year old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook elementary school then
killed 20 children and adults. The children were killed were between the ages of 6 and 7 years
old. The adults that were killed that day were school faculty and staff. After killing elementary
school children, faculty and staff, Adam then turned the gun on himself. Adam Lanza killing
spree did not start at the elementary school but investigators found that he had also shoot and
killed his mother Nancy Lanza. Adam The final count was 28 dead ((NA) CNN library, 2014).
The whole nation sat at their television screens in horror, shock and disbelief as the nation
watched the details emerged at Sandy Hook. This incident had parents, students, staff, advocates,
politicians and the nation thinking and asking many questions. Questions that began to arise
surrounded this shooting if tougher gun laws were enforced could this tragedy been avoided?
Should there be more regulations on who can purchase guns? The shooting that happened at
Sandy Hook Elementary sparked the debates on gun control in these more recent years. There are
many supports and non-supporters of gun rights each can agree that this tragedy should not have
happened and that something has to be done regarding gun violence.
There are many American’s like myself who are firm believers in our 2nd Amendment.
The second Amendment states that,
“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.”. (Constitutional Amendments, (1789)).
The Second Amendment most recently has been interpreted, “to grant the right of gun ownership
for purposes that include self-defense.” Through the mechanism of the Fourteenth Amendment it
has been applied to the states. (Cornell University Law School, (1992)). Guns are a part of
American’s rights. When tragedy’s like Sandy Hook happen there is a desire that many people
feel that guns should be banned, which is completely understandable considering the
circumstances. It seems that the obvious choice would be to ban guns in certain areas. Many law-
abiding citizens that bear arms are citizens whom do not have the intent to commit terrorist acts.
They obey the bans that are set in the states. Law-abiding citizens that bear arms want to make
their home and other places safer. The Supreme Court rejected a ban on handguns by the District
of Columbia back in 2008. The ruling was that there is constitutional right for citizens to keep
loaded handguns at home for self-defense. This is in favor of Americans’ rights to own guns but
also puts control over gun ownership. Gun ownership has restrictions the Gun Control Act of
1968 prohibits importation of firearms “with no sporting purpose, major provisions that were