Gun control has been a topic in government law making for years, although here recently gun control has been pushed for harder than ever. The major incident that started the fuss was the Sandy Hook school shooting in which they blame guns for a troubled young man killing six adults and twenty children. According to politics/policy a news paper article “Republicans have shot down any attempts to enact new Federal gun control laws and restrictions. Yet lawmakers have had some success in a handful of states such as Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and New York have toughened back ground check rules or banned large capacity clips or weapons.” In Colorado where twelve people where killed legislature has combated this with tougher background checks and limiting all magazines soled to a ten round capacity limit.according to politics/policy after Colorado enforc... ... middle of paper ... ...grasp on gun control laws. Also I hope this has educated you more on the laws they want to pass, and that you can now decide if you are for or against gun control.
Some push for more gun control, others argue that the U.S. mental health system is a failure. Controversy aside, mass shootings are on the rise, and it is imperative that the factors leading to these outbursts are accurately identified and appropriately addressed. As defined by Mother Jones Magazine, a mass shooting is when four or more people (not including the gunman himself) are killed in a single, typically public location (Follman et al.). Since 2006, 32 such incidents have occurred in the United States, with 10 occurring since the beginning of 2012 (Thomassie et al.). In addition to being more frequent, the incidents also seem to be getting more deadly.
The issue at hand is not knowing what is causing such erratic behavior. It is not until after the shooting that investigators are determining why the individual used a gun to kill. Much research needs to be conducted on what is needed to stop an individual before the incidents occur and laws need to be created to keep guns out of the wrong hands. History Within the United States, gun control has been identified as a major issue for many years. Many government officials have portrayed gun control as a way to reduce criminal activity.
Gun control is the regulation of sales and ownership of firearms. Currently gun control is mainly governed by state law. Throughout the nation, there are several supporters of gun control fighting to create more gun-restricting laws in an effort to decrease gun violence. At the same time, there are also many people opposed to more gun-restricting laws, believing that by applying more laws, it only makes it more difficult for l... ... middle of paper ... ...3, 2013, from http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2012/12/gun_death_tally_every_american_gun_death_since_newtown_sandy_hook_shooting.html Reynolds, G. (n.d.). Brian Leiter's Law School Reports: Glenn Reynolds wants to have a "conversation" about guns.
The right as an American to own a firearm has always been apart of our history. However, recent events have put into the question the second amendment and whether or not it still holds any real purpose in our society. Gun violence has constantly occurred throughout our history and has always been a problem to end. It wasn’t until recent that activists became so passionate about enforcing stricter gun laws or abolishing the second amendment all together. What would cause such a drastic upheaval?
Many people are refusing to give up their guns because of the recent killing sprees that have been going on. We cannot fight guns with guns, it doesn’t s... ... middle of paper ... ...ople from obtaining guns and using them to cause danger to others well beings, especially to those of children and innocents. Increased regulation and bans on certain weapons are a necessity for America to thrive. Works Cited Saad Lydia, “Self-Reported Gun Ownership in U.S. Is Highest Since 1993” Gallup Politics, October 26, 2011 Web. 25 September 2013.
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Current lawmakers believe that any possession of firearms leads to serious danger because of the way that they might be used. It is also reported that since 2000, most American citizens have been in favor of stricter gun laws (Dreier 92). These lawmakers look toward the tragedies of Newtown, Connecticut and of Aurora, Colorado. They realize that guns pose a legitimate threat to the safety of the United States and the well-being of its citizens. While the safety and well-being of the American public is important, these lawmakers are taking the wrong approach in their strides for protection.
The surplus in food and modern law enforcement, along with rising firearm crimes prompted the government to start reviewing gun laws. Furthermore, over the past century the right to bear a firearm has been restricted by many laws. These laws are instated to help prevent accidental and planned deaths attributed by firearms. The question still stands: can gun-safety laws help prevent accidental and non-accidental deaths caused by firearms? Is the second amendment out dated in today’s world, and is there a need for some a revised version of this amendment?