June 20, 2012
Gun control has been an issue in Congress throughout history since 1791. With the constant controversy with gun control within the nation, Congress is constantly fighting an uphill battle for gun control (Schwartz, 2008). With the constant debate in the United States, Congress is progressively changing gun control laws to gain control of illegal gun purchases. Unfortunately these changes of gun control laws are not showing any improvements of firearm crimes. Of the many laws in place, Congress should concentrate more effort in making the present gun control laws effective rather than trying to develop newer ...view middle of the document...
This act was put into place to take automatic-fire weapons off the street. To help aid the National Firearms Act the Federal Firearms Act of 1938 was pushed through to eliminate the purchasing and transporting of firearms through interstate and foreign commerce channels. The most significant gun control act ever put into place was the Gun Control Act of 1968. Before this act was passed, consumers could purchase firearms through the mail with only their signature agreeing they are of age. The assassination of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy quickly fueled the passing of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (Gettings, 2012).
To this day Congress is constantly fighting an uphill battle for gun control. In 1993, the democratic-controlled Congress passed the Brady bill to impose background checks on gun buyers. In 1996, the Republicans took over Congress and tried to repeal this bill but the ban expired when Senate failed to follow up on this appeal in 2004 (Gettings, 2012).
In 2000 America’s largest anti-gun publication, the Anti-Gun journal announced that the Brady bill had failed to reduce homicide rates (Gun Owners Foundation, 2004). The Anti-Gun journal reported, “States implementing waiting periods and background checks did not experience reductions in homicide rates or overall suicide rates” (2004). Contrary to what the media will indicate there are more deaths related to high school football than guns. A study showed in a three year period, twice as many football players died of head injuries as compared with students killed by firearms (Gun Owners Foundation, 2004).
The gun control topic has its cultural differences between city dwellers and rural residences. The difference between the two are that city dwellers support stricter gun control laws believing this will protect them from criminals and rural residences often oppose stricter gun control laws because hunting is deeply embedded in the culture and stricter gun control laws will prevent the rural residences from protecting themselves from criminals (Schwartz, 2008). Congress is stuck in between the differences trying to regulate gun control while still keeping within the rights of the second amendment.
Most citizens that purchase firearms legally are responsible, law abiding people; they are not purchasing the weapon to commit a crime. The technology with forensics in today’s world now would make it easy to trace back the firearm that committed the homicide if the firearm were purchased legally (Hallquist, 2006).
The big question is, will the banning of all firearms from the American citizen make America safer? According to Hallquist, gun control is an effort to stop the rise in violent crime by strengthening laws on the ownership of firearms (2006). Taking guns away from the responsible American citizen is not going to stop criminals from acquiring firearms illegally (Hallquist, 2006). As the National Rifle Association states, “If guns are...