Name Date Class Professor Pro-Gun Control With the Second Amendment giving American citizens the right to bear arms, and approximately fifty percent of Americans owning some form of a firearm, issues involving the ownership and possession of guns has led to debates in American society. Many feel that the some form of gun regulation is necessary in order to lower the level of gun related violence in the country. On the other hand, the opponents of gun control feel that it would be an infringement on their second amendment rights.
The outcome and extent of gun control has strong political implications because it basically determines the present day meaning of the Second Amendment. While each side has strong points. Today, based on the number of crimes and violent acts committed with guns, society needs more gun control. Issues and policies relating to gun control in the United States date back to the late 1800s where the Supreme Court made the decision that the right of bearing arms for a lawful purpose.
Later in the 1930’s president Roosevelt tried to pass legislation on gun regulations, but they were defeated in congress. Calls for gun control have usually followed major and highly publicized crimes and attacks involving guns, such as the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960’s. Also, the shooting of John Lennon and the attempt on President Reagan, as well as the recent string of shootings in American schools.
Following the assassinations, the Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed, with its central aim being a national standard on how and to whom guns were sold. This was added on to in 1994 with the Brady Act, which required gun dealers to run background checks on gun buyers before selling them. While there’s obviously some gun regulation currently in affect in the United States, pro-gun control supporters still call for more, while anti-gun control supporters strongly oppose them. Along with a number of other hings, the two opposing views are backed by different readings of the Second Amendment. The Amendment reads, “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”. Interest groups supporting gun regulation tend to concentrate on the first part of the amendment where the key word is “militia”. In focusing on this part, gun control advocates basically feel that the right to own and possess guns lies with the militia, not the individual.
The gun regulations they call for include national standards on purchasing firearms, such as criteria for who is eligible to purchase and own guns, as well as longer waiting periods and more in depth background checks, with tougher penalties for those who do not follow the rules. In addition, they call for laws banning specific weapons, such as handguns, and other assault weapons. Those against gun control, often led by the NRA, strongly oppose the new policies pro-gun control advocates are trying to enact.
For anti-gun controllers the key word in the second amendment is “people”. The new laws and regulations being advocated by pro-gun controllers give those in opposition the feeling that their rights involving guns are slowly being taken away, and worry how far it will go. So is gun control necessary? Yes, in answering this, one must take into consideration that the United States has the most violence. By simply looking at the statistics, notably those that are gun related, most anyone can get the idea that gun regulations are needed.
Each day, on average, around 80 people will die from gun-related violence, approximately 12 of them being children. In one study, the yearly gun-related death totals came out consisting of 13,000 homicides, 17,500 suicides, and 1,000 accidental deaths. All this gruesome death and violence, and those numbers do not even include the number of injuries suffered as a result of guns. This seems to be the truth; the chances of a gun related death or injuries are considerably less if a gun is not present, and gun control laws aim at keeping those guns from being present.