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GUN CONTROL & PUSH FOR GUN CONTROL
The research paper is on gun control and the push for gun control. To respond to the topic the paper first lays down in the first paragraph basic concepts of the gun control ideals and the pro-gun movement. The introduction explores the basic tenets and motivations of the pro-gun and gun control activists in America. The paper uses the motivation and opposition of both sides to create a paper on the gun control. The goal of the research is identified in the first paragraph, as the analysis of the gun control issue analyzing both side points-of-views. The goal is to create an understanding of the long-standing complexity involving the issue, and the lack of consensus over the decades. The paper is then structured into different paragraphs dealing with the history of gun control especially the legal history with the American Bar Association…
"Rep. John D. Dingell Delivers Remarks at National Rifle Association Conference." Political Transcript WireSep 21, 2007. ProQuest. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.
Audi, Tamara, and Andy Pasztor. "U.S. News: Giffords Ready to make A Push on Gun Control." Wall Street Journal: A.3. Jan 08, 2013. ProQuest. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.
Bruce, John M., and Wilcox Clyde. The Changing Politics of Gun Control. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998. Print.
Carter, Lee G. Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2002. Print.
Gun Control: estricting ights or Protecting People
The article carried on the New York Times dated 28 February 2013 christened 'Guns and Gun Control' highlights a number of issues that relates to the whole issue of guns. The debate surrounding the issue of gun possession and a prohibition of the same is a thorny issue and as such, it has been an elicited debate at different levels of government in the United States. For the purpose of this paper, the discourse will take a multi-angle analysis of the contents captured in the aforementioned article.
The assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And President Kennedy ushered in a new constitutional dispensation, which was characterized by the legislation of strict federal laws aimed at controlling the proliferation and possession of guns among the citizens. This law on gun control remained in force for about three and a half decades a democratic-controlled…
Anonymous. (2013). Guns and Guns Control, New York Times, 28 February 2013.
Gun Control and Crime Prevention
Various Internet sources on the topic, as well as newspaper articles and public debate in general, have proved that the issue of gun control is a controversial one which is far from being resolved. For some critics, gun control is an essential measure to reduce or even prevent criminal activity. According to arguments raised by this camp, gun control laws will prevent criminals from obtaining weapons easily and will therefore reduce the crime rate. On the other side of the debate, there are those who argue that gun control will have little effect beyond robbing law-abiding citizens of their right to defend themselves effectively in a world that has become increasingly rife with crime. Furthermore, arguments raised by this group state that criminals are unlikely to follow legal means of obtaining weapons, regardless of the presence or absence of gun control laws. For these reasons,…
Kates, D.B. And Mauser, G. (n.d.). Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 30 No. 2. Retrieved from: http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf
Gun Control vs. Crime Rate
Gun ownership in Virginia and the effects it has on crime rates
There is much controversy regarding gun laws and the effects that they have on crime levels, as many are inclined to believe that they reduce the number of gun-related offences while others believe that they actually amplify the chances of a person being shot. American culture has come to be a gun culture, considering that guns are present in a series of environments related to American traditionalism. The mass media constantly bombards the masses with gun stories and vivid images displaying guns as being an active part of society. The Constitution of Virginia is focused on protecting people's rights to bear arms and it prevents the government from taking away this right.
The Second Amendment legalized gun ownership and it practically made it possible for people to be in possession of…
Blank, Jeremy D., "Guns Vs. Crime," Retrieved November 22, 2012, from the American Partisan Website: http://www.american-partisan.com/cols/blanks/081400.htm
Lee Carter, Greg, "Guns in American Society," (ABC-CLIO, 04.05.2012)
Lott, John R., "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws," (University of Chicago Press, 15.06.2000)
Wilson, Harry L., "Guns, Gun Control, And Elections: The Politics And Policy of Firearms," (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 )
4% of that group favored current policies. However, support for the current policies grew in the senior group, with 41.2% of people over age 65 supporting the current gun control policies.
Gender was one area where stereotypes proved to be very reliable at predicting a person's attitude towards gun control. The hypothesis was that females would be much greater advocates of gun control than men, and the results reflected that they were. Males were more than three times as likely to believe it should be easier to acquire a gun than females were; 5.7% of males held that belief compared to 1.8% of women. Males were also more likely to be content with the current gun control policy, as almost half of all males, 49%, believed that the current policy should remain unchanged. In contrast, only 33% of females believed that the current policy should remain unchanged. 65.2% of…
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As a consequence, it is difficult to conclude that strict liabilities for gun owners (a la LaFollette) represent and appropriate and reasoned response. "Gun ownership fails to clearly possess any of the three characteristics of ultra-hazardous activities." It fails to be an activity that is not commonly done, that necessarily involves a risk of serious harm, and that cannot be made safe even with extreme care (Hunt, 2001: p. 41-42).
Further, the U.S. National Safety Council has almost 100 years of data on fatal firearms accidents. Despite popular conception that fatal accidents have been increasing and particularly threaten children's lives, the data shows that fatal accidents have been declining since the 1930s, and at an accelerating rate in the last decade -- declining 40% in those ten years (Stell, 2001: p. 30). Undermining the claim that increased gun ownership results in higher crime rates, Moorhouse and Wanner (2006) analyzed:
Amar, a.R. (2002, Spring). Second thoughts. Law and Contemporary Problems, 65(2), pp. 103-111.
Hunt, L.H. (2001, Winter/Spring). Epilogue: is there an issue here? Criminal Justice Ethics, pp. 40-44.
Kwon, I. And Baack, D.W. (2005, April). The effectiveness of legislation controlling gun usage. The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 64(2), pp. 533-547.
LaFollette, H. (2001b, Winter/Spring). Controlling guns. Criminal Justice Ethics, pp. 34-39.
Gun Control in United States
Gun control is a particularly controversial topic in the contemporary society, as especially in the U.S. people have been accustomed to living in a culture focused on guns. Factors like the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights influenced people to identify with an environment that is widely supportive with regard to the masses having access to guns. The U.S.' history made it possible for the country's citizens to acknowledge the importance of having guns -- by being able to protect themselves, people can make sure the authorities do not abuse them and that they can take up arms against oppressors whenever this is needed.
Gun ownership as a tool promoting individualism
Considering conditions in the U.S., it would be safe to say that people consider guns to be a part of their culture, a part of being an American. In order to…
Chemerinsky, E. "Putting the Gun Control Debate in Social Perspective." Fordham Law Review Vol. 73, Issue 2 Article 2.
Cheng, X. (2002). "Analysis of states gun control restrictions." Graduate Theses and Dissertations. http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/etd/1517
Dowd, D.W. "The Relevance of the Second Amendment to Gun Control Legislation," 58 Mont. L. Rev. 79 (1997)
Heller, S. "The Right to Bear Arms: Some prominent legal scholars are taking a new look at the Second Amendment." The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 1995.
Results in Other Countries
Canada overhauled its laws after gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique college in 1989. It's now illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon. Canada also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks. Government figures suggest the measures have been at least a partial success: Canada's gun homicides have plunged more than 50% since 1991, when the changes took effect, dropping from 240 that year to 138 in 2003 (Kole, 2007).
After a loner armed with assault weapons turned a scenic resort into a mass of mangled bodies and injured in 1996, Australia took quick and decisive action. Twelve days later, the government pushed through a tough ban on semiautomatic rifles.
Australia, which had been bloodied by 13 mass shootings in the 15 years that preceded the slaughter in…
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Kole, W. (2007, April 27). Gun control in foreign countries has mixed results. Retrieved May 7, 2009, from findarticles.com (Oakland Tribune): http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20070427/ai_n19063641/
Massie, M. (2009, May 7). Anti-gun laws favor criminals. Retrieved May 7, 2009, from Worldnet Daily: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=94824
Gun control has been a controversial subject for the public and the government. Obama administration has come under attack for its silence on the issue. In September 2008, the president promised people that he wouldn't take away their guns, and since then, he has not done anything to introduce stricter laws thus attracting serious criticism from many quarters including the Brady campaign in 2010. (Altman, 2011) With gun-related incidents on the rise, many wonder why gun control is not a priority for our government. In this country, we definitely needed stricter gun control laws to be able to better address the alarming rise in gun-related incidents.
Gun laws in the country have become tougher over the years but still they are not as strict as some may desire. The result is series of horrific incidents in which tens of young men and women lost their lives. School shootings such as…
Jeffrey M. Jenson, "Aggression and Violence in the United States: Reflections on the Virginia Tech Shootings," Social Work Research 31.3 (2007)
Altman, Alex. 2011. "Why Obama's silence on gun control pleases no one" Time magazine. Feb 07.
Gwen Fill, Brady Gun-Control Bill Imperiled by Rules Dispute. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE1DE133DF931A35756C0A967958260
Alex Altman, Future of Gun Control, 2008, Accessed 04/28/11 from http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1818325,00.html
Gun control is largely an ineffective and potentially discriminatory practice that infringes upon Constitutional rights. Supporters of gun control often argue that firearm ownership is linked to accidental deaths and violent crime, and that the majority of Americans support some sort of gun control. In contrast, those who oppose gun control argue that controls infringe the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, and potentially place the nation's liberty at risk. They also argue that the number of guns in a society is not linked to the amount of crime, and that gun ownership is a deterrent to crime. Further, gun control discriminates against blacks and women.
Gun control is an issue that impacts many people in the United States. Close to 40% of American homes have a gun. Even more Americans consider gun control to be an important issue (Speakout.com).
Those who advocate gun control argue that the ownership of firearms…
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Kopel, David B. Trust the People: The Case Against Gun Control. The Cato Institute,
Gun Control: estricting ights or Protecting People
The leading nation in the number of deaths resulting from gun related violence is United States. It is also noteworthy that about half of all the American homes possess a gun. The United States have consequently, taken the initiative to control the possession and distribution of guns. However, this is not without challenges and criticisms. Some of the people support gun ownership control, whereas others do not support.
The possession of a gun is granted in the law by the Second Amendment among other rights of the people. The topic, therefore, elicits controversial opinions as to whether gun control measures are for protecting the people or denying the people their rights. The liberal law scholars and citizens who support the collective rights hold that; the Second Amendment seeks to allow the state to control arms (Magoon, 2008). On the contrary, the conservatives are…
Magoon, K. (2008). Gun control. Edina, Minn: ABDO Pub.
Spitzer, R.J. (2009). Gun control: A documentary and reference guide. Westport, Conn:
Alters, S. (2007). Gun control: Restricting rights or protecting people?. Detroit, Mich: Thomson
Gun Ownership and Gun Control
In American culture today, guns are worshiped. Children play with toy guns, television and film glorify gun violence, teenagers show off guns to one another in order to get respect, and powerful lobbyist groups keep these weapons legal and accessible. There's something wrong with this picture. There's something wrong with a culture that believes guns are more important than feeding the hungry or sheltering the homeless. There's something wrong with a culture that worships a weapon.
Statistics show that gun ownership has done nothing more than hurt Americans. Goods for Guns, a non-profit organization, published the following facts about guns in America in their report, "National Gun Violence Statistics":
In 1999, approximately 10, 096 people were murdered by guns in the United States.
In 1998, over 30,000 people died from gunshots in the U.S.
A gun kept in the home is 22 times more likely…
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Statistics: Gun Violence in Our Communities." School and Community Safety. 2002. http://www.neahin.org/programs/schoolsafety/gunsafety/statistics.htm
Youth Violence Statistics." Character Counts. http://www.charactercounts.org/rskstats.htm
Gun Violence in America." Violence Policy Center - National Rifle Association. http://www.vpc.org/nrainfo/phil.html
The debate on whether or not strict gun control laws should be enacted has been raging for years. While proponents of the said laws have in the past linked gun ownership to escalating crime, advocates of gun control are convinced that guns are an effective deterrent against acts of criminality. o, does gun control really result in decreased rates of crime? My take is that as the drafters of the econd Amendment intended, citizens should be permitted to bear guns for their own safety, and by extension, that of the entire American society. In this text, I develop an annotated bibliography based on a variety of resources on gun control.
Barrett, Paul. "After Connecticut: Guns, Gun Control, and Gun Culture." Bloomberg Business Week, 2012. Web. 28 November 2013 < http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-14/after-connecticut-guns-gun-control-and-gun-culture>
The article starts with the unfortunate massacre of 26 people in Bucolic Newtown, Conn. approximately one year ago.…
Siegel, Larry J. Criminology: The Core. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning, 2007. Print.
In seeking to discuss the association between guns and crime, Siegel attempts to reconstruct a debate that has been going on for quite a while. In the past, various studies have been conducted in an attempt to determine the effect issuance of guns to private citizens has on crime. It should be noted that on this front, the results of the said studies have largely been conflicting. Siegel gives his readers a sneak preview of both sides of the argument.
This text will come in handy as I seek to not only determine the position of the Federal Government with regard to gun ownership, but also the various arguments that have been presented in support of either gun ownership or gun control. Having attended State University of New York's (at Albany) School of Criminal Justice, Siegel can be regarded knowledgeable on matters relating to criminal justice. Over time, he has taught at various academic institutions including but not limited to University of Massachusetts -- where he is currently a professor. His contributions on the subject of gun ownership rights and laws can therefore be regarded reliable.
Gun Control Problems in America
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution 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." The Founding Fathers included this in our Bill of Rights because they feared the Federal Government might coerce the population if the people did not have the means to defend themselves as a nation and as individuals. Many years later, we began placing restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. The first restrictions concerned the manner in which citizens could carry arms. In 1850, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the foundation did not grant the right to carry a concealed weapon although earlier court cases had ruled that the constitution did protect the right to carry concealed weapons. Shortly before the Civil ar, some southern States passed…
News Brief. The Daily Texan. 101, No. 158, 14 June, 2001. http://www.tsp.utexas.edu/webarchive/06-14-01/PF2001061403_s01_Brief.html
Briggs, B. Bruce. The Great American Gun War. PUBLIC INTEREST. 45 (1976).
Wright, James, Rossi, Peter and Daly, Kathleen. UNDER the GUN: WEAPONS, CRIME, and VIOLENCE in AMERICA Aldine Publishing Company (1983).
Scherer, Ron and Lafranchi, Howard. "New Gun Trade: Turning Them in" in: THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, 4 May 2000.
Heller. This was a challenge to a Washington D.C. law that made it illegal to: carry any kind of handguns inside the city. The court ruled that the law was a violation of the Second Amendment. As they felt that the right to: a militia and bear arms was linked directly to every able body person. Therefore, carrying a weapon on your person is supporting these objectives of: exercising your Constitutional rights. The information from this source is useful, because it highlighting how passing various gun control laws could be challenging after this case. (Scaros, 2011, pg. 359)
The piece of literature that was written by Hess (2006), discusses the history of Supreme Court cases surrounding various gun control laws. As they talk about the case United States vs. Cruikshank and how it is relevant to the Second Amendment. Under this decision, the court found that an individual must prove…
Blumstein, a. (2000). The Rise and Decline of Homicide. Annual Review of Public Health, 55, 505 -- 541.
Carter, G. (2002). Guns in America. Santa Barbra, CA: AFL.
Hess, K. (2006). Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Belmont, CA; Thompson.
Kwon, I. (1997). The Effectiveness of Gun Control Laws. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 56 (1), 41 -- 50.
The NRA has furthermore involved itself in controversial issues related to the right to possess firearms. One such issue revolves around an advertisement involving a demonstrator having been beaten by soldiers. The premise of the ad was that all persons should be allowed to carry guns in order to defend themselves and their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Furthermore a dichotomy was proposed between tyranny and armed citizens. According to the NRA then, it is easy to level a despotic style of government against citizens who are defenseless in terms of firearms. According to others, the same is true of victims of crime. Not allowing citizens to possess guns allowed citizens to become victimized either by crime or their government.
The Brady Law
The Brady law is an extension of the gun control laws that have sparked such debate in the United tates. According to the National Review, research has shown that…
Libertarian Party Online. " Bush gun control plan is threat to homeland security." April 23, 2003. http://www.lp.org/press/archive.php?function=view&record=639
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The Politics of Gun Control
Gun control in America has been a hotly contested issue for several decades. About 80 million Americans, representing half of U.S. homes, own more than 223 million guns. According to Andrew Romano and Pat ingert the pro-gun lobby, spearheaded by the National Rifle Association (NRA), has out spent the gun-control forces by a margin of 20 to 1 over the last two decades. The NRA has out spent, out organized and out lobbied its opponents to the point that they convinced Democrats to turn a blind eye toward the issue in the 1980s and 1990s and has since pressed for less restrictive local laws. In 1988 only 18 states had laws that made it easy for civilians to carry concealed weapons, today that number is nearing 40. A 1959 Gallop poll found that 60% of those responding were in favor of a ban…
Moorhouse, John C. And Brent Wanner. "Does Gun Control Reduse Crime or Does it Increase Gun Control." CATO Journal. Vol. 26, Issue 1. Winter 2006: 103-124. 15 November 2011.
Romano, Andrew and Pat Wingert. "2,405 Shot Dead Since Tucson." Newsweek. Vol. 157, Issue 12. 21 March 2011: 34- 39. 15 November 2011.
At the time of the 2008 Supreme Court decision regarding the D.C. handgun ban, candidate Obama said: "I have always believed that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to bear arms, but I also identify with the need for crime-ravaged communities to save their children from the violence that plagues our streets through common-sense, effective safety measures" (Barnes 2008, p.2). Obama must make a clear distinction between legitimate use of guns and the destructive power of the guns he strives to ban through UK-style legislation. Obama must rally the support of sportsmen and sportswomen who happen to be Democrats, like New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The second prong of the Obama media campaign should be to dramatically demonstrate the human toll extracted from access to handguns, such as the 32 Chicago public schoolchildren having been killed in 2007, when Obama made one of his major pro-gun control…
Barnes, Robert. (2008, June 27). Justices reject D.C. ban on handgun ownership,
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In fact young children are eighteen times more likely to die a death related to the numer one cause of accidental death than they are to die from a firearm related death. The age individuals from the age group of 45 to 64 are many times more likely to die an accidental death related to firearms than are young children to die a firearm related accidental death.
The United States Constitution, Second Amendment states as follows:
The right of the people to keep and ear arms shall not e infringed..."
This right has not changed since the writing of the U.S. Constitution and cannot e changed without violating the U.S. Constitution which is "the" asis for all laws of the United States in America.
It has een proven that gun control does not stop or prevent death y homicide or suicide and as well, proof has shown that gun ownership…
Moreover, given the various other causes of accidental death, most notably automobiles, banning guns on that basis would be spurious, unless the state took other measures to reduce accidental deaths, such as the banning of automobiles.
Some people suggest that weapon regulation, rather than banning weapons is the solution. After all, nothing in the Second Amendment prohibits the regulation of guns. Moreover, some type of weapons regulation is supported by the majority of Americans:
since Gallup and the National Opinion esearch Centre began polling Americans on the issue in 1959, consistent and decisive majorities have actually favoured some forms of firearm control. It is true, admittedly, that not since 1959 has a majority supported prohibiting entirely the private possession of handguns (although a plurality favoured this option as late as 1965). However, decisive majorities of Americans have consistently favoured the enactment of stronger gun measures, such as handgun registration, licensing…
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Persuasion is the cornerstone of advertising. Using the classic rhetorical devices of pathos, ethos, and logos, advertisers create emotionally powerful campaigns designed to change the ways consumers—or voters—think, act, and feel. The goal of advertising is ultimately behavioral change. With public service announcements like those for gun control, advertisers use the same principles used to market goods and services. As with commercial product advertising, public service announcements are created to invoke a cognitive and emotional response, to change social norms, and to induce meaningful and lasting behavioral change. One print advertisement by the organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America demonstrates the deft implementation of pathos, ethos, and logos in a striking visual campaign.
In one Moms Demand Action ad, for example, two school children—both girls—sit cross-legged on the floor of their school library. An American flag is clearly visible in the background. The girl on the left…
Gun control is a law or policy passed with the aim of limiting the possession and use of guns or firearms by private citizens. Gun and firearm control have been a subject of extensive debate in the U.S. The establishment of a balance between the personal rights of individuals to own and the government's commitment to maintain law and order has proved a tricky affair. The ownership of firearms and guns is an integral part in the culture and identity of the American people. The origin of gun possession can be traced to the west where the locals had to arm themselves to protect themselves from the Indians, enemies and wild animals. Consequently, the American citizens armed themselves for personal defense and as part of their culture. Additionally, guns are common in hunting, both leisure and for food and have since become a sport in the…
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Cook, Philip J., and Jens Ludwig. "Fact-Free Gun Policy." University Of Pennsylvania Law Review 151.4 (2003): 1329. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Mar. 2013.
Gorman, Linda, and David B. Kopel. "Self-defense: The Equalizer." Forum For Applied Research & Public Policy 15.4 (2000): 92. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Mar. 2013.
Grier, Peter. "Elementary school shooting: What gun control laws might U.S. voters support? (+video)." Christian Science Monitor 14 Dec. 2012: N.PAG. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Mar. 2013.
Furthermore, it is suggested that the roots of the problem lie deeper than the superficial debate about gun control. In sociological terms, this problem is to do with the lack of meaning and the breakdown of inherent normative structures. In this sense the debate about gun control should be seen against the underlying background of these sociological issues. Even if a compromise was be reached about whether or not to have gun control, there would still be underlying structural causative features that would need to be addressed and which are the source of this problem in the first place.
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"Studies have shown that guns are needed for the safety of the people and there is a need to repeal Gun Control for all guns."
Semiautomatic weapons have been brought out by a student of suburban high school and fired resulting in fatal injuries to his classmates and teachers and several others. The consequence is that a pre-teen boy was sentenced for life under the charge of murdering a 6-year-old girl. One teenager breaks out a pistol and gun and another fired at the girl. The news became so widespread that the respective horrors have initiated to coalesce, making our sense of hope and security as individuals and as a society becomes irresistible. The school yard insults that once resulted in a confrontation to deal with have extended to the children literally proceeding for their guns. In the past it was a matter of grave concern for some…
Cottrol, Robert. J. (September, 1999) "Gun Control is Racist, Sexist & Classist" American Enterprise. Vol: 8; No; 1; pp: 14-16
Graves, Earl. G. (May, 2001) "Stop the Guns - Need for Gun Control Demonstrated by How Easily People Kill with Them" Black Enterprise. Vol: 11; No: 1; pp: 27-30
Kates, Don. B. (6 March, 1995) "Shot Down - Opposition to Gun Control" National Review. Vol: 7; No: 1; pp: 18-20
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Congress can pass specific legislation to control what types of guns are sold, to whom, and how. The U.S. Supreme Court rules on whether congressional laws are in keeping with the letter and/or the spirit of the Second Amendment.
edefinitions of the problem
The current debate over gun control is so volatile because even supporters of gun control acknowledge that it cannot be 100% effective. The school shooter in Sandy Hook, for example, was able to obtain guns legally given that his mother was an avid gun collector. However, there are also examples of persons with questionable mental health histories, such as the Virginia Tech killer, who likely would have been prohibited from owning a weapon had he been forced to submit to a background check. "Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in 2007 on the picturesque Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, had been deemed mentally ill by a judge,…
Johns, Joe. (2013). Would background checks have stopped recent mass shootings? Probably not. CNN. Retrieved: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/politics/background-checks-mass-shootings
Pickler, Needra. (2013). Obama taking action on gun background check system
Yahoo. Retrieved: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-taking-action-gun-background-check-system-100127550 -- politics.html
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Gun Control Legislation
Gun control is not one concern, but several. To some people gun control is a crime issue; to others it is a rights issue. Gun control is a safety issue, an education issue, a racial issue, and a political issue. Within each of these issues, there are those who want more gun control legislation and those who want less. Guns are not for everyone. Certain individuals cannot handle a firearm safely, and some individuals choose to use firearms inappropriately. Our society has passed laws regulating the ownership and use of firearms, and additional legislation is being considered. Most of this legislation restricts, to some degree, the rights of individuals to possess or use firearms. Some restrictions may be necessary, but some recent legislation has gone too far. Society benefits from firearms in the hands of responsible citizens, and taking firearms away from such citizens will do more…
hile sweeping gun laws are required to improve America's issue of gun violence, evidence from Obama's attempts suggest that only gradual and small degrees of regulatory change will be capable of passing through a divided legislative branch.
This literature demonstrates that even a public administrative force such as the executive branch must face power limitations. The very premise of the United States government is that the three branches work in coordination with one another to ensure to no singular ideological vision comes to dominate a nation founded on plurality. Accordingly, the text by Denhardt & Grubbs indicates that public administration must demonstrate the capacity for compromise, for accommodation and for recognition of a wide cross-section of interests (Denhardt & Grubbs, 422)
Moreover, this cross-section is always shifting, changing and demanding engagement by its leadership. Accordingly, in many locales, rising populations in immigrant communities, various shifts in settling patterns related to…
Barrett, T. & Cohen, T. (2013). Senate Rejects Expanded Gun Background Checks. CNN.com.
Denhardt, R.B. & Grubbs, J.W. (2002). Public Administration: An Action Orientation. Wadsworth Publishing.
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rime rates do not drop with restrictions on gun control because crimes have been shown to be intent driven rather than means driven. Which simply means that those who are interested in committing crimes will usually do so given any access or restrictions standards? It is evident from this analysis that guns have little impact upon crime rates. However, gun control advocacies use misinformation to present a dangerous position to the public.
Another important factor in media manipulation is the use of specific misinformation to influence public opinion to support severity within gun legislation. Popular gun control advocacies use strong statistics to influence the public into perceiving that gun control is not only needed, but that gun violence is an escalating crime that needs to provide greater security mandates. Oftentimes they use deceiving statistics as a means to manipulate public opinion on the prevalence of firearms. For instance, the Brady…
Counting Guns, Randolph Roth. Social Science History 26:4 winter 2002
Would Banning Firearms reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of international evidence, Gary a. Mauser & Don B. Kates. Bepress Legal Series 2006 paper 1564
Shooting down the more guns, less crime hypothesis, John J. Donohue & Ian Ayres. Center for the study of law and society Jurisprudence and social policy program. 2003 paper 5
Hence, while ratifying the U.S. Constitution, the Virginia convention passed a resolution specifying: "That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state;"
It is, therefore, clear that the central issue that led to the adoption of the Second Amendment, as part of the Bill of Rights -- ratified in 1791, was the concern that the powers granted in the U.S. Constitution to the Congress over the militia and a national army may be used to abrogate state sovereignty and power, rather than a desire to recognize the right for bearing arms by individual citizens. Nowhere in the background and history of the introduction of the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution do we find the issue of personal use of weapons, for purposes…
Economic Costs of Gun Violence." Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Updated 4/17/07. October 31, 2007. http://www.bradycampaign.org/ facts/factsheets/pdf/economic_costs.pdf
Firearm Facts." Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Updated 4/18/07. October 31, 2007.
It would also be highly recommended that there are designated buffer zones between the convention and any designated First Amendment Zones. Additionally, these zones must be away from any other public areas. If they are too close to public areas, like malls, they may inadvertently disrupt the flow of the public and endanger passersby.
There are also recommendations for general policy of the possible disruption of protest groups at the DNC event. If officers were to commence in disrupting the protest groups, it would be absolutely necessary to show they were acting in accordance with the misdemeanor violation of Section 870.02 in the 2002 Florida Statutes. Essentially, this would mean that officers would have to prove more than three individuals were acting in a way to disturb the peace, rather than to peacefully assemble. It is true, "no actual breach of peace needs to take place" (Unlawful Assembly Dispersal Order).…
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M6. (2013). "First Amendment Zones."
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The Need for Gun Control to Stop the Violence
Sandy Hook Elementary was a sad scene, one which hit at the heart of most Americans. It is a scene that we all wish to have never repeated. With so many outburst of violence around the United States using heavy machinery and advanced firearms, Congress needs to instill greater regulation of guns, especially more dangerous weapons like automatic weapons and riffles. This does not mean that Congress should ban such guns, as such would be a violation of the Second Amendment, but it is clear that these dangerous weapons need to be regulated in order to make sure they do not continue to end up in the wrong hands and continue to cause tragedies across the United States.
Despite a strong connotation that Americans should have free range in regards to their weapons under the Second Amendment, recent tragedies…
Calabresi, Massimo. "How Gun Control Ends: Not with a Bang, But with a Whimper." Time Magazine. 2013. Web. http://swampland.time.com/2013/03/11/how-gun-control-ends-not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper/
Devi, Sharmilla. "Researchers Call for Reform of U.S. Gun Control Policies." The Lancet. Vol. 380, Issue 9853, P. 1545.
Opponents of gun control became more proactive and in 1977 after the capture of NA leader, they began to harm the reputation of the GCA officers and executives. They aimed to scare the gun owners into thinking that they will be harassed and prosecuted for possessing guns.
Opponents of gun control pushed the Carter administration to remove the proposals which aimed at changing the execution of the laws. After this was done they became even more proactive in their campaign (Vizzard, 1993; 228-235). In 1979 and 1980, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was called in for Hearings in the Senate after they sidestepped Congress to trigger a change in policy utilizing executive power. While the federal administration had influenced this strategy on not only the treasury but also the ATF, they rapidly backed out from the ATF and dumped the strategy as they saw strong resistance (Vizzard, 1993;…
Barber, Benjamin R. (1984). Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age. Berkeley: University of California Press.
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Cobb, Roger W. And Charles D. Elder, (1972). Participation in American Politics: The Dynamics of Agenda-Building. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Davidson, Osha Gray, (1993). Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control. New York: Henry Holt.
According to gun control advocates, crime should be extraordinary, but this simply is not the case. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Switzerland has far less crime per capita than the United States and almost no gun crime. ased on this example, Kopel (1988) correctly concludes that there is no direct link between the level of citizen gun ownership and the level of gun misuse.
Then there's the case of Kennesaw, Georgia where crime dropped after a law that requires its citizens to own guns passed. Lieutenant Craig Graydon, Kennesaw Police Department comments, "Well, after the city ordinance passed, there was actually a decrease in reported crime in the Kennesaw area, especially violent crime." (Wilmouth, 2007).
Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that there's already plenty of gun control legislation and it doesn't work. So, if guns are outlawed only criminals will have guns, leaving law-abiding citizens…
Greenslade, Robert. "The Flawed Second Amendment." Nitwit Press 6 Oct. 2004. http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/04/10/06/greenslade.htm
Gun Control Doesn't Reduce Crime, Violence, Say Studies." WorldNetDaily. 30 Dec. 2004. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42167
Kopel, David B. "Trust the People: The Case Against Gun Control" 11 Jul. 1998. Cato Institute. http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa109.pdf
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms." Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the United States Senate Ninety-Seventh Congress. Second Session Feb.1982. http://www.constitution.org/mil/rkba1982.htm
Both purposes mean that they were used to kill human beings. By comparison, long guns served many purposes. Early settlers often had to hunt for their food. To take their guns would mean that they would risk starvation. They were also used for defense, and early skirmishes of the Revolutionary War were fought by militiamen - private citizens who brought their own long guns to fight the British.
One of the strongest arguments against laws restricting handguns come from those who believe there should be no restrictions whatsoever on firearms. They argue that those who argue against handguns have a hidden agenda. They argue that people against handguns actually want to ban all guns for all purposes, including for target practice and hunting. They feel that they must fight restrictions on any guns to protect their Constitutional right to bear arms. However, this argument doesn't make sense to most people.…
Non-Sense Crime Drugs: A Policy Guide
Proposition #24: Attempts to ban the possession of handguns, or certain kinds of guns, are not a viable option for reducing crime.
According to sociologist Samuel Walker: "People intent upon committing a crime are particularly motivated to obtain a gun. In short, it is not very efficient or sensible to try to control ownership of guns by the public at large when the real problem is the behavior of a very small part of the population -- violent criminals" (Walker 2010: 236). This statement is problematic for a number of reasons. First of all, many individuals who do not intend to commit crimes still do so as a result of crimes of passion. Having a gun involved in a highly emotional situation almost invariably raises the ante of confrontation. Although they might not intend to commit a crime, the crime happens by virtue…
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S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reaffirm restrictive gun laws since the Second Amendment was not infringed by a law that requires firearm owners to demonstrate proper cause (Nimmo par, 2).
The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel was regarded as a victory for the New York State law, the American constitution, and families throughout New York who are appropriately concerned regarding the plight of gun violence that is a major problem to all communities. There are various groups in the gun industry such as the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association have been filing cases against cities and states throughout the country on the basis of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ruling re-affirming restrictive gun control laws has followed the significant increase in the number of the sale of guns.
Gun Control Laws in Other States:
Generally, crime rates associated with gun violence have…
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Baynes, Terry, Eddie Evans, and Todd Eastham. "Appeals Court Upholds New York Gun Licensing Law." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 27 Nov. 2012. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. .
Garrett, Ben. "New York Gun Rights - an Overview of Gun Laws in New York." About.com - Civil Liberties. About.com., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. .
Gius, Mark. "The Effect of Gun Ownership Rates on Homicide Rates: A State-level Analysis." Applied Economics Letters 16 (2009): 1687-690. Print.
gun control, including counter arguments. Owning a gun is much more than just a statement about this country's Constitution and Second Amendment rights. Owning a gun is a measure of protection and freedom that illustrates the principles this country's founders created, and it is a right that Americans should not take for granted. Gun control is not a suitable method for controlling crime, and it has not been proven to help control violent crime.
First, it is imperative to define what "gun control" means, because it can mean different things to different people. Two experts note, "Gun control is an umbrella term covering everything from laws prohibiting the ownership of defined classes of firearms to mandating the inclusion of gun locks with every firearm sold" (Moorhouse & Wanner, 2006). Clearly, with such a broad definition, and differing meanings, gun control cannot be easily measured or understood, which is one of…
Beachler, D.W. (2003). Militias and segregationists: The politics of low turnout elections in the United States. Polity, 35(3), 441+.
Editors. (2003). Fact sheet: Stolen guns. Retrieved 6 July 2009 from the Johns Hopkins University Web site: http://www.jhsph.edu/gunpolicy/guns_theft_fs.pdf .
Moorhouse, J.C., & Wanner, B. (2006). Does gun control reduce crime or does crime increase gun control? The Cato Journal, 26(1), 103+.
Payne, B.K., & Riedel, R. (2002). Gun control attitudes and the criminal justice student: Do differences exist? College Student Journal, 36(2), 314+.
gun control. They counter argumnents I invalidated Counter Arguments Violation Second Amendment Right Gun control laws directly violate a citizen's bear arms granted amendment constitution.
There is much controversy with regard to gun-control laws and to the effect they have on society in general. hile individuals in the U.S. In particular have been accustomed to living in a gun culture, more and more people have started to express doubt with regard to pro-gun laws and to whether or not they help the masses feel safer. The government has attempted to introduce a series of gun laws in recent years with the purpose of controlling the general public and in order to make it more difficult for potential criminals to get their hands on firearms. "The laws cumulatively provide fewer restrictions than exist in most developed countries, but they nonetheless constitute an impressive effort." (Mears 200)
Gun laws are generally designed…
Carter, Greg Lee. "Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law, Volume 1," (ABC-CLIO, 2012)
McDowell, Earl E. "America's Great Gun Game: Gun Ownership Vs. Americans' Safety: an Outline of the Need for Increased Federal Gun Legislation." (iUniverse, 2007)
Mears, Daniel P. "American Criminal Justice Policy: An Evaluation Approach to Increasing Accountability and Effectiveness," (Cambridge University Press, 12 Apr 2010)
gun control. One side rights benefits owning a firearm. The side anti-gun ownership guns illegal. The final part paper position pro-gun ownership! Please make essay original.
There is much controversy regarding fire-arms, their use, and whether or not people should have access to guns. The "guns don't kill people, people kill people" expression is likely to spring to mind when considering issues related to guns. Surely, one might be inclined to say that in spite of the fact that guns are not directly responsible for the fact that people are dying, they provide humanity with a means to killing individuals. Some people are unable to effectively control an excessive amount of power and it thus seems wrong to provide them with access to fire-arms. Even with that, if the authorities focus on establishing harsher laws concerning gun ownership, individuals who are predisposed to committing crimes will no longer be able…
Cook, Philip J., "The Social Costs of Gun Ownership" Retrieved December 6, 2011, from the Sanford School of Public Policy Website: http://www.sanford.duke.edu/research/papers/SAN04-07.pdf
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The idea that the easy availability of guns does not have anything to do with high homicide rates in the United States is a myth and a propaganda campaign of the National Rifle Association and others who support its ideology.
Let me illustrate the necessity of stricter licensing system by bringing an example from international affairs. There are a few nations that possess nuclear weapons but there is a general consensus among civilized nations, including most that do not possess nuclear weapons, that irresponsible nations must not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons. The reasoning behind this consensus is that a the availability of nuclear weapons will make it easy for a country like Iran to unleash attacks and kill lots of people. No one justifies Iran's right to possess nuclear weapons by saying that "nuclear weapons do not kill people, people kill people" although it is also a technically…
Blodget, Henry. "Yes, 'Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People,' but Do We Really Want Guns for Sale at Walmart?" The Business Insider. 10 January 2011. Web. 25 April 2012
Erbe, Bonnie. "The NRA is Wrong: Guns Do Kill People, as the Pittsburg Shootings Show." USNews. 6 April 2009. Web. 25 April 2012
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Gun Control in the American Society
The issue of gun control has been a primary social and political problem in the American society, most especially when 'spree killings' have become prevalent among young adults in high schools all over the country. The issue of gun control is always brought up when such killings occur, most especially when a young individual is involved and is the primary suspect in the killings. One of these cases is the killing committed by Kip Kinkel, a Thurston High student in Springfield, Oregon. The killing took place in May 1998, and Kip Kinkel, age 15, killed his parents, Bill and Faith Kinkel, and murdered 2 students and injured 25 others when he attacked the school cafeteria in Thurston High a day after he killed his parents. The murders that took place in May convicted Kip Kinkel and was sentenced to serve 220 years in prison.…
Navasky, Miri. "The Killer at Thurston High." PBS Online and FRONTLINE. 13 November 2002 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows.kinkel/ .
Recruitment of Kids to the Gun Culture." Violence Policy Center Web site. 13 November 2002 http://www.vpc.org/studies/startcon.htm .
People can no longer decide on their selves, and there the rulers of the country must intervene. The measures proposed will have as finality the reduction in violent attacks, and more tranquil life in American cities and ghettos. The feasibility of the legislative intention is also demonstrated with logical arguments, which would deter the behavior of individuals with an aversion to violence.
The violence is a sign of weakness, both of the individual and the society on one hand and of the laws that govern the society on the other. Some individual is not capable to think things clear, or maybe he is not familiar with the legal proceedings, so his only solution is violence oriented to other citizens. The authorities are not able, up to present times, to control this violence issue through specific measures - legal, in general. The current proposals could be a viable solution for the…
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2) Brian Wenn Australian Government - Violence today, no. 4: Violence in sport
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" (Foster, 1999) Within this framework there is no reference to gun ownership by individuals and according to Foster's report: "...it is reasonable to assume that private arms are intended for destruction under the term." (Foster, 1999)
The work of David . Kopel, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan and presently a practicing attorney in Colorado writes in the work entitled: "Trust the People: The Case Against Gun Control" a policy brief published at the Cato Institute that: "Gun control is based on the faulty notion that ordinary American citizens are too clumsy and ill-tempered to be trusted with weapons. Only through the blatant abrogation of explicit constitutional rights is gun control even possible." (1988) Kopel relates that less than one in 3,000 gun owners commit murder. Each year approximately 7,000 individuals commit suicide and 300 or fewer people die in accidents involving handguns. As a matter of fact,…
NRA Warns of U.N. Gun Control (2006) the New World Disorder - WorldNetDaily. 16 June 2006. Online available at http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=50671
Foster, Sarah (1999) the 40-year Gun Grab: '60s disarmament plan still going strong, say U.N. critics. Panic in the Year Zero. 13 Dec 1999. WorldNetDaily. Online available at http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=17280
Bowers, Faye (2007) U.S. Steadies Its Aim at Gun Trafficking Into Mexico. 20 July 2007. Christian Science Monitor. Online available at http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0720/p01s05-usfp.html?page=1 .
U.S. Spent $27 Million to Destroy Small Arms, Light Weapons (2006) U.S. Department of State 9 June 2006. USINFO.STATE.GOV online available at http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=June&x=20060609171603sjhtrop0.2761042&t=xarchives/xarchitem.html
Gun Control Legislation
The availability of and access to firearms which is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution by the Second Amendment has created a multitude of consequences for modern Americans. The impacts of a loosely regulated gun market include the highest per capita rate of gun-related deaths in the world, major metropolitan areas like Detroit and Chicago struggling with unprecedented murder rates, and toddlers routinely finding their parent's weapons and dying after accidental discharge. Several longitudinal studies have demonstrated that the U.S. is by far the world's leader in both gun ownership and gun-related fatalities, and in fact, America's rate of 10.2 gun-related deaths per 100,000 citizens is more than double the rate of any other developed nation. The Congress has historically been averse to the passage of restrictive gun control legislation, as a powerful firearm lobby led by the National ifle Association has successfully kept the advances of gun…
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Gun control and the regulation of fundamental rights, is written by Lance K. Stell. It was printed in Criminal Justice Ethics Journal in 2001. The writer has focused on fundamental rights of citizens and argues whether they are entitled to possession of guns or not. He refers to Aristotle and LaFollette and some other philosophers to gather his arguments and find adequate philosophical support for them. The author believes in the right to possess guns. But this is not clearly mentioned in the article and has to be extracted from reading between the lines.
The targeted audience for this article is students of public policy and philosophy since it contains regular references to great thinkers of ancient times and also discusses current policy on gun-control. The article discusses social control with reference to major philosophers and their views on gun-control.
The article is significant to students of public policy and…
Lance K. Stell: Gun Control and the Regulation of Fundamental Rights. Criminal Justice Ethics. Volume: 20. Issue: 1. 2001. 28+
In this case it was the U.S. Vs. Miller in which the court had to rule on whether a sawed off shotgun has a reasonable relationship in the preservation of a well regulated militia (Gun Politics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_States).
As recently as 2002, the Supreme Court dealt with issues of gun control with regard to felons owning them. In that decision the court ruled that no agency or state can allow a convicted felon to ever own a firearm for any reason.
By a unanimous vote, the nine justices held that a federal district court lacked the authority to order Texas gun dealer Thomas Lamar Bean's firearms privileges restored after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms declined to consider his request because Congress had refused to give it money to do so (Lane, 2002)."
The concept of the second amendment is at the core of any Supreme Court hearing with…
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Lane Charles, (2002) Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms Gun Control Provision; Federal Courts May Not Restore Ownership Right to Felons.The Washington Post | Date: December 11, 2002 | Author: Charles Lane
____(2003) Gun rights showdown / Assault rifle ban goes before Supreme Court
Gun Control" care deeply enough about the Second Amendment to write essays on the topic. However, the two essays are completely different not just in their rhetorical content but also in their rhetorical style. The former, entitled "How I See It," is an article that argues in favor of gun proliferation while the latter, "A Case for Gun Control," argues in favor of gun control. The two essays differ significantly in terms of language, supporting evidence, sociological influences, and author perspectives.
Given the striking differences between the quality of "How I See It" and "A Case for Gun Control," it seems unfair to compare the two. "How I See It" lacks credibility because of the frequent use of, and reliance upon, logical fallacies. hile a pro-gun position can be framed in a logical and sane manner, this author is neither of those. Instead, the author of "How I See It"…
Author Last Name, Author First Name. "A Case for Gun Control." Date.
Author Last Name, Author First Name. "How I See It." Date.
" ("The Second Amendment," the Brady Campaign, 2006) Note how pro-gun activists conveniently omit the words referring to a well-regulated militia in their defense of carte blanche access to firearms. hen the U.S. Constitution was adopted, each of the states had its own military force comprised of part-time soldiers, and the militia was 'well-regulated' in the sense that its members were subject to various requirements such as training and engaging military exercises away from home. "It was a form of compulsory military service intended to protect the fledgling nation from outside forces and from internal rebellions," and every soldier was allowed to use his or her own firearms in the service of the United States as a member of the military ("The Second Amendment," the Brady Campaign, 2006)
To arm and train the military was the true intent of the Second Amendment, not that every person without military training should…
Gun Control." ACLU. 4 Mar 2002. [16 Feb 2007] http://www.aclu.org/police/gen/14523res20020304.html
The Second Amendment." The Brady Campaign. 2006. [16 Feb 2007] http://www.bradycampaign.org/ facts/issues/?page=second
Many see gun control as a controversial topic that has sparked much debate. This gun control essay can offer ways to examine this topic from both the pro and against sides. By detailing the pros and cons of gun control, you will be able to see the impact on society. These examples include recent changes in laws, news stories associated with gun violence, and what other countries do about this highly debated subject. Examining a topic from both sides, it offers a deeper and richer understanding that cannot be achieved from one-sided analysis.
Gun Control: Examining Both Sides
Understanding Gun Control
The Impact of Gun Control on Violence
How Gun Control Influences Gun Violence
Gun Control and the Second Amendment
Countries that Ban Guns
Gun Control and the Safety of the Public
Gun Control Laws
B. Understanding Gun Control
Laws & regulations not adequate enough:
egistration & Licensing
National ifle Association (NA):
Sandy Hook and Colorado:
No need for assault rifles:
Government and Private protection:
Political and Social pressure:
Counter Argument & ebuttal:
Public will not be able to protect itself:
Hand guns and law enforcement enough for public protection:
The possession of guns is considered as a matter of tradition and heritage of the society. However the usage of automatic guns in violent crimes has initiated a concern for society to urge government for imposition of strict gun control laws. The previous laws should be changed to restrict automatic rifles possession and sales. The high powered weapons should also avoided by the public to evade unnecessary violence. United States is country that allowed its citizen to…
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Cook, P.J., Ludwig, J., Venkatesh, S., & Braga, A.A. (2007). Underground Gun Markets*. The Economic Journal, 117(524), F588-F618.
Kellner, D. (2008). Guys and guns amok: Domestic terrorism and school shootings from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Virginia Tech massacre. USA: Paradigm Pub.
Gun Control Legislation
The Gun Control Debate & Gun Control Legislation
With reference to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to the lawful possession of firearms to private citizens as well as with reference to law & economic journals, the paper will explore the gun control debate and the network of related issues. People who are not in favor of the use of guns and favor austere gun control legislation often argue that guns do not kill people; people kill people. People who are law abiding and moral have guns because it is their right; people who are of weak character and lack ethics have guns because it is their right. Gun possession is a fact of life making gun control legislation and regulation an absolute necessity; it is not the job of the law to judge a citizen's character, but rather it is the job of the law…
Cornell, S., & DeDino, N. (2004) A Well Regulated Right: The Early American Origins of Gun Control. Fordham Law Review, 73(2), 487 -- 523.
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McClurg, A.J. (1992) The Rhetoric of Gun Control. The American University Law Review, 42(53), 54 -- 116.
Parker, J.S. (2001) Guns, Crime, and Academics: Some Reflections on the Gun Control Debate. Journal of Law and Economics, 44(2), 715 -- 724.
Gun control is a hot topic in America right now, and has been for quite some time. One of the major problems with the issue is that the two sides have entirely different perspectives, and there does not appear to be much middle ground between the two. This paper will analyze the different positions, the major ones anyway, with respect to gun control.
The two major positions on gun control are really the one side that wishes to see no further control of gun ownership, and the side that wishes to have greater restrictions on the purchase and ownership of guns.
The side that is against gun control will typically cite Second Amendment rights (Elving, 2018), the right to bear arms. This right is interpreted by this side liberally and broadly, as to mean that the right is immutable, and should exist without restriction. Any restriction on the…
Definition of the Problem (Gun Control)
In America as well as other parts of the world, the role played by guns in committing violent acts, and what must be done in this regard, is a hotly debated topic. However, some facts are incontestable. Over 31,000 individuals sustained gunshot injuries in the year 2010, in America. As these victims are mostly youths, gun violence can be considered as one among the primary reasons for premature deaths in the U.S. Apart from mortal wounds, there were, in the same year, approximately 337,960 non-fatal acts of violence perpetrated with the use of guns; emergency departments of American hospitals received 73,505 cases of nonfatal wounds made by guns. The economic and social costs associated with gun violence are also huge, in the U.S. (Webster, 2013)
However, ironically, in spite of gun violence's colossal impact, a majority of public discussions in regard to…
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It is essential for the population to become aware of the dangers brought by owning and using firearms and contribute to policies that can better regulate this aspect. It is not about taking away a constitutional freedom; it is about creating a safe environment for every citizen.
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Moreover, the increase in firearm-related homicide within this age group occurred among all race-sex groups (Fatal). Rates of suicide by firearm were especially high among the elderly in the United States, and increases occurred in all race-sex groups except African-American females, for whom the number of suicides were too small to produce stable rates (Fatal).
The CDC report cautions that the surveillance data in this report are intended to familiarize public health practitioners, researchers, and policymakers concerning the problem of firearm-related deaths in the United States (Fatal). And although these data help to characterize the magnitude of the problem and identify groups at risk, there are still gaps in knowledge, thus current surveillance efforts need to be expanded to include information about nonfatal injuries (Fatal). Moreover, there needs to be a greater understanding of the causes of firearm deaths to identify modifiable individual and societal risk factors, thus, further research…
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The government has no right turning a blind eye to criminals who possess arms, allowing innocent citizens to live unprotected in their own homes. It is far too late to restrict access to guns, anyway. The market has already opened its arms to criminals who have stashes of weapons. Those weapons aren't going anywhere and so American citizens must have unrestricted access to the weapons that can protect them from being killed by criminals.
Gun control also prevents objective education surrounding the proper use of guns. If young adults are taught how to properly store and use a firearm they are less likely to use them indiscriminately. espect for guns helps create a more educated, enlightened society instead of one that cowers in fear from the very thought of a weapon that has been around for centuries.
The original purpose of the Second Amendment was to empower the citizens of…
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Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Death, makes a comparative review of Japan's and America's deaths related to gun shooting. He begins by providing a case scenario indicating how America's policies regarding gun control are very loose as compared to stringent measures regarding ownership of gun in Japan. For instance, in Waikiki, there exists a oyal Shooting Club that mostly targets the Japanese tourists. The club carries out its gun-related business and shooting lessons in broad day light without fear of intimidation from the government. In other words, such businesses are legally recognized in USA. In contrast, this is considered as one of the greatest crimes back in Japan. For example, the author says a tourist who fires a few rounds in Hawaiian oyal Shooting Club would be breaking three separate laws if he or she was within the boundaries of Japan. These charges include illegal holding…
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The Second Amendment to the Constitution 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,” (United States Constitution). Because few contemporary gun owners would describe themselves as being part of a “well regulated militia,” the relevance of the Second Amendment becomes increasingly spurious. Mass shootings, firearm accidents, and other gun-related deaths are disproportionately high in the United States, but assessing causality remains one of the greatest policy challenges of the last century. Gun control advocates claim that revising the Second Amendment would help to reduce the number, frequency, and severity of violent deaths and especially curb instances of mass shootings. On the other hand, gun control detractors claim that guns themselves are not the problem; that existing legislation already controls firearm ownership, and that the Second Amendment must remain sacrosanct in…
regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be in fringed. (Amendment II to the Constitution of the United States)
The preceding sentence has inspired a great deal of controversy over the years. Gun control is a heated topic in both American politics and in civil discourse throughout the nation. The issue has had a profound effect on lobbyists and on the general public. Issues revolving around gun control and the constitutionality of both new and old laws constantly see media attention. Every time there is a school shooting or a justifiable homicide, large numbers of advocates for gun control and opponents against the issue arise. Indeed, the politics of gun control and the rights of gun ownership inspire heated and emotional debates throughout the nation.
The concept of gun control is ultimately flawed. The…
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United States, in accordance with crime and violence, has been having highest rates of crime and violence in the world, and largely most of them violence are related to gun. U.S. Department of Justice has indicated that in the United States, violence related to guns consists of the largest violence rate. For example, back in year 1995.
Homicides who were involved in gun violence were about 68% out of which 60% were the cases related to handguns. Another example is that more than 34 thousand peopled died due to the gunfire in 1996 out of which 41% were outcomes of homicide in the United States (Shay et al., 1999).
The first law on gun control came about in 1911 in the State of New York. However, the most significant law on gun control was the rady bill which was passed in 1994. According to this law there is a restriction…
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