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.
On December 14, 2012, the community of Newtown, Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting at Sandy Hooks Elementary School which claimed the lives of 26 people. Of the 26 people gunned down, 20 of the victims were small, defenseless children. In January 2013, a Georgia mother was home alone with her nine year old twins when an intruder forced his way into her home. The mother and her children attempted to hide in a closet, but the intruder discovered them. In self-defense and to protect her small children, the mother shot the intruder five times. Since these events and many other home invasions and mass killings, the concerns of gun control advocates and opponents have been like two sides of a coin. Advocates have raised concerns about the need for stricter gun laws, but opponents argue that tighter gun laws infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms and protect themselves. Clearly then, Americans are divided on the issue of gun control.
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” A gun license grants a user the right to own and use a firearm. Gun-right supporters strongly oppose federally mandated licensing or registration. They see both as dangerous steps toward revoking Second Amendment rights. They say that with mandated licensing or registration, a right guaranteed by the Constitution becomes a privilege granted by the government (Doeden). The topic of gun control/rights in the United States has a long history, which some see as unconstitutional, and could easily be relaxed by requiring background checks.
Gun Control in America The American Constitution and the Bill of Rights are amazing documents in their wording. Its writers showed astonishing foresight in some ways, and understanding that they could not accurately predict the future in others. These documents grant specific and vague powers to different departments of the Federal Government. The wording allows for changes to be made in its content and interpretation.
Gun control is becoming a huge topic in this country. Unfortunately there are news stories almost every day reporting some type of firearm tragedy. It is almost the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting that took place last year on December 14th 2012. A man named Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary with a gun...
In America guns have been a part of the country’s society since it’s birth. Throughout history the citizens of the US have used firearms to protect the nation, protect their families, hunt for food and engage in sporting activities. The issue of Guns and gun control is complex. Weighing the rights and liberties of the individual against the welfare and safety of the public has always been a precarious balancing act. In the United States, gun control is one of these tumultuous issues that has both sides firmly entrenched in their positions. Those parties in favor of gun ownership and the freedom to use and keep arms, rely on the fact that the provision for such rights is enshrined in their constitution. In this climate of growing violence, rife with turmoil and crime, gun advocates feel more than ever that their position is justified. As citizens of the “Land of the Free” possessing a gun is a fundamental right, and may even be a necessity... Anti- gun lobbyists point to the same growing violence and gun related crimes in an effort to call on the government to take action. By enacting more laws and stricter control, these people not in favor of guns feel society would be better safer.
As defined by U.S. Legal, gun control laws are “aim to restrict or regulate the sale, purchase, or possession of firearms through licensing, registration, or identification requirements” (US Legal). Gun control is enacted in hopes that it will decrease the amount of gun violence that occurs. Most gun control laws proceed after tragic events, such as Sandy Hook, the Columbine Shooting, and recent terrorists attacks. However, as history has presented itself in countries that have extreme gun control laws there are pros and cons to it. As a result of different cultures and views, the results of gun control vary from country to country. The problem in America is determining what would work best, which is what both political parties or active groups argue
Gun control has become a major topic of discussion in recent years in the United States. There are some people who believe that every person in the country should be able to own a firearm, and there are also those who believe that only military personnel and police officers should have firearms. Many people say that they do not care because it does not affect them, but it does affect them because if gun control laws get to be strict enough, then the people will have no way to defend themselves. The main reason why gun control is the death of the second amendment is that if the government controls what guns we can use, when we can use them, and how we can use them, they are controlling our right to bear arms. There are many proposed bills going
The gun control topic is one of the most controversial themes in the United States. Many citizens worry about the facts that guns are getting out of control and crime is increasing. I think there are solutions that will help to have a better control of guns in the U.S, such as reducing military weapons, reduction of capacity of magazines, and increase the age for buying guns to 24 years old.
Gun Control in the United States of America is a topic that has had some criticism and support by many citizens. The critical people of this topic believe that the guns do not kill people, it is the people that kill people. The supporters of this topic believe that guns lead to violence and a feeling of power over others. They also believe that if guns were eliminated from the public, then violence and death would decrease heavily in this country. These two opposing views leave the federal government open to a decision on whether or not to abolish one of our Constitutional rights, or to keep allowing people the right to own a gun.