Gun Control in America
Peter Z Bliss
February 2, 2012
Gun Control in America
Gun control is a debate topic that comes up every election and when a major event happens that involving guns. Pro-gun lobbyists say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” [ (Hagan, 2007) ] the anti-gun advocates want to take away the right to bear arms. This topic has no right or wrong answer it is a preference of the individual. This is why gun control is such a fiercely debated topic.
Implementing gun control
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105). These are the types of fundamental changes that need to happen prior to measuring how gun control will affect the crimes involving guns.
Facts about guns
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) there have been approximately 223 million guns made available to United States citizens “from the end of the nineteenth century to the near-close of the twentieth” (Lindeen, 2010, p. 1667). An estimated 80% of those 223 million guns were manufactured in the United States. There are estimated numbers showing 77 million handguns, 79 million long rifles, and 66 million shotguns. These numbers will continue to increase every year (Lindeen, 2010).
Though the second Amendment states every American citizen has the right to bear arms. The advocates for gun control fail to look beyond controlling guns. As there are two parts to a gun, the physical gun; hand gun, rifle, or shotgun. There is the ammunition that goes into those guns, if they cannot change regulations on owning guns. Why not look at placing regulations on the ammunition, as there is no first amendment right to own ammunition.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the largest gun advocates in the United States. They use their political lobby efforts to help limit the laws that the government passes gun control. There have been Eight U.S. presidents that hold NRA memberships. The NRA is an organization that does not necessarily follow that option of the American citizen. They have opposed every firearm regulation presented “from the 1934 National Firearm Act, which banned machine guns, to the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act” [ (Medlock, 2005, p.43) ]. This Act would require background checks on gun purchases [ (Medlock, 2005) ].
There are those who believe that the NRA has too much political pull in Washington. One such case Representative Peter Smith (R-NH) chose to sponsor a bill that would ban assault weapons. This was after telling the NRA that he opposed gun control. The following election the NRA targeted him and he lost his election race. The NRA has an uncanny ability to feed on the fears of the U.S. citizens.
They helped to prevent the renewal of the assault weapon ban in 1994. Five years later two teenagers opened fire at their high school outside of Denver. With the horrific incident still fresh in legislator’s minds the NRS help to defeat a measure that would have prevented these teenagers from purchasing their firearms. As these teenagers had purchased their weapons at a gun show, which did not require the dealer’s to run a background check on them.
To say that the NRA has a stance on the subject of gun control is an understatement. Regardless of the positive effects a law will have in preventing violent crimes involving guns. The NRA purposefully refutes those acts and uses its ability to enact fear into its members and citizens. This fear is used to prevent these laws from...