Grand Canyon University: PHI-105 21st Century Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
Gun control is one of the most divisive issues in American politics. “The term “gun control” refers to any government policies that influence the availability and use of firearms among the general public or distinct subsets of the population” (Chapman & J. Ciment, 2013). Gun control groups would like to initiate additional restrictions on firearms, but also to eliminate legal limitations on the right to possess and carry firearms. Gun control laws should be strengthened because it will reduce crime rates, would decrease crime due to concealed carrying, and ...view middle of the document...
Chapman & J. Ciment, 2013). “Another form of gun control, involving safety requirements, may include mandating proper storage of guns and trigger safety locks” (R. Chapman & J. Ciment, 2013).
Hunters and other sporting enthusiasts, who were committed to firearm ownership and opposed to limitations on what they considered a basic right thru the second amendment (). “State gun-control statutes would not automatically contravene the Second Amendment, because that amendment has not yet been held to be included within the scope of the incorporation doctrine” (O'Neil, P. M., 2014). “In addition, the degree of regulation permissible under the amendment has never been satisfactorily determined judicially” (O'Neil, P. M., 2014). Gun rights advocates, particularly the NRA, are well organized and funded, and therefore can be expected, as they have in the past, to wield exceptional influence on gun policy at the state and federal levels (G. Carter, 2012).
Gun rights supporters have worked hard not only to ward off attempts by gun control groups to initiate additional restrictions on firearms to help reduce crime rates, but also to eliminate legal limitations on the right to possess and carry firearms and to expand the scope of gun rights. Perhaps the most valuable lesson we have learned from this academic debate relates to research methods, not policy implications the back-and-forth has demonstrated how evaluations of policy can be extremely sensitive to...