According to the Second Amendment in the Constitution, the citizens have the right to possess and bear arms. But, this has remained an important issue since decades. Issues such as gun control and gun rights have remained a matter of debate and have been lobbying around in the Congress meetings. It has been depicted that the Congress is forced to draft a specific legislation in order to come up with a strict law against unlawful use of arms, and only possessing them for safety purpose. The following paper elucidates gun control and gun rights in the United States of America.
Gun control issue has been a significant issue in the last two years, and the matter has even been taken to the highest Court in the U.S. In 2008, the District Court of Columbia ruled that the Constitution has laid down the right for every citizen to have a gun for personal usage. However, this was not applied at the federal law. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled and applied this law at the local level. This ruling helped in the lifting of the ban on gun possession in Chicago which prevailed for 30 years. This ruling was then later considered as a landmark.
In the present time, President Obama has shown interest in the strengthening of the laws and gun control measures. But, the reality lies in the fact that the enactment of the law is possible only when the law is applied at the federal level. Once the law is applied at the State level, all the states shall come up with distinct approaches to address the issues of gun possession, sales, permission, licensing, carrying laws and self-defense.
Shoot First Laws
Several states have enacted the laws known as “Shoot first” according to which a person is permitted to protect and defend themselves in public using guns or a deadly force for retreat. Some of the states have implemented restrictive laws that are applied only when the shooter is in the vehicle, and other states have weaker laws that are defined through case laws and jurisdictions.
Gun laws are distinct for different countries of the world. Countries like United Kingdom have placed strict limits about gun possession, whereas United States of America has modest limits. Many argue on the dangers of the possession whereas there are many who argue that gun control does not at all contributes to reduced injuries and accidents. However, this must not be forgotten that gun control is a method of repression used in the totalitarian governments and not following it shall hinder individual freedom, liberty and right.
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The debate about gun control is often centered around [choose one: the second amendment/self-defense/crime control/violence.] One example of this can be found in [describe an event, law or fact related to this facet of the gun control debate.]
Additionally, gun control laws regulate the [choose one: sale/possession/modification/use] of firearms by civilians. This impacts [describe who or what this branch of gun control impacts and how.]
- The United States has a pervasive gun culture stemming from the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution which states that "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 United States has the highest per capita and total number of guns in the world.
- Gun control is hotly debated because it involves issues of violence as well as issues of personal defense.
- Those who support stricter gun control laws believe that firearms should be more regulated by governmental entities, while those who support fewer gun control laws believe that such measures take away basic rights and securities.
- Those impacted by gun control laws include all citizens who wish to own a personal firearm for self-defense, sport hunting or collecting.
- Specific gun control measures include background checks and limitations on types of firearms and ammunition that may be legally purchased by citizens.
ProCon.org Information about Gun Control
JustFacts.com Resources on Gun Control
Atlantic.com Guide to Gun Laws in America and Worldwide