This article outlines the central issues surrounding stakeholders engagement in legal gun control. This article approaches the topic from government and civilians points of view. It examines the relevant literature from stakeholders, and decision making theories. It looks at the nature and classification of stakeholder engagement and discusses some reasons why gun control seeks to engage their stakeholders.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution, which concerns the right to bear arms, is always a hot issue with most people, especially after a tragedy like Newtown, Connecticut. Gun rights and gun control groups alike have been lobbying congress for decades to craft legislation in their favors. Connecticut lawmakers who passed strict new gun control measures in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre approved a package of revisions Monday to reduce confusion about the new rules and expand the list of officials who can legally possess restricted firearms. The new bill allows individuals to possess and register assault weapons they purchased or placed on consignment prior to or on April 4, the day the gun control law was passed, but did not receive until after that day. (Bell) (Kalin)
In 2008 the Supreme Court case District of Columbia vs. Heller the court ruled that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own a gun for personal use. But the decision only applied to federal laws and failed to address local and state laws. In July 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that the federal right to bear arms also applies at the state and local level. Because of this ruling it lifted a 30 year old gun ban in Chicago. (Jost)
The task of gun control is a hard subject and with the internet and the ability to find anything on line, if the government did decided to take guns away from citizens; a person could go on line and learn how to make their own guns and the ammunition to go along with it. The 3D printing revolution is well under way. This wonderful new technology will allow individuals to manufacture a wide range of items, including guns and gun parts even entire assault weapons. (Spitzer)
Even if you’re the sort of person who thinks everybody’s personal liberty should be restricted if somebody, somewhere, misbehaves, a report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics makes it apparent that crimes committed with firearms continue their steady, two-decade decline. In terms of specific policy, the recent focus on restricting “assault weapons” makes no sense in an environment in which the preferred weapon for committing those diminishing crimes is the handgun. The recent obsession with extending background checks on people making legal gun purchases is a true head scratcher, since most criminals don’t buy their guns legally, less than 1% acquires their weapons from gun shows. Because of this information, I would like to give you basic facts about guns. (Tuccille) * Firearm related homicides declined 39% form 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, this is after an increase in purchases of firearms from 24% in 1993 to 72% in 2011 . * Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 237,300 victimizations in 2011. * From 1993 to 2011, about 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a knife not a firearm. * In 2004, among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense, less than 2% bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show and 40% obtained their firearm from an illegal source. (Tuccille)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (Tuccille)
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