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United States: Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court

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Should the government outlaw handguns? This has been a controversial point for many years. There are those who argue: yes handguns should be banned because it gives guns to the criminal, its dangerous in households and the Second Amendment was intended for militia. However, others argue that handguns should not be banned because they are in the second amendment, for self protection, and for the fact that they are already restricted so that not just anybody can own a handgun. Handguns should not be restricted because they are a right in the second amendment, they offer self protection and crime deterrent and that there are already restrictions put in place to control guns, and finally there are a couple of examples where handgun bans have not been effective. One of the biggest reasons that handguns should not be banned is because of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment states, “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.” People who argue that guns should be banned state the Second Amendment was not intended for the regular civilian, but rather the militia. This is where they are wrong. The Supreme court has taken a case like this in Heller vs District of Columbia. Heller had been caught using a handgun and sued the U.S. on the right for civilians to bear arms. The Court decided and interpreted the Second Amendment as the right for all the civilians to bear arms and not just the militia. Also along with amendments and acts, there are two different acts that put restrictions on who can and cannot buy guns. The Gun Act of 1968 and the Brady Act both put different restrictions on who can buy guns. The Gun Act of 1968 has te... ... middle of paper ... ...andguns should not be banned. Works Cited Acosta, Luis. "United States: Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court." Second Amendment. Library of Congress, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 04 Jan. 2014. Davey, Monica. "Strict Gun Laws in Chicago Can’t Stem Fatal Shots." New York Times30 Jan. 2013: n. pag. New York Times. 29 Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Dec. 2013. Granderson, LZ. "Gun Control Is Not the Answer." CNN. Cable News Network, 18 Sept. 2013. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. "Gun Control Facts." By James D. Agresti and Reid K. Smith. Just Facts, September 13, 2010. Revised 2/11/13. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. Utter, Glenn H. "Background Checks." Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx, 2000. N. pag. Print. Utter, Glenn H. "Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act." Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx, 2000. N. pag. Print.
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