Gun Accessibility Issues And Gun Violence

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There is no denying that within the United States, gun accessibility is one of the most controversial topics that impacts political, economic, and social aspects across the board. The debate has existed since the 1990’s but with recent media exposure, and contributions from globalization, the debate has increased amongst the general public. If there is ever a time for the gun regulation and access problem to be adopted into public policy, it is now. Gun accessibility problems and its effect on gun violence can be effectively explained through its process from condition to problem, causation, tractability, severity, and more. There has been an increase in gun violence, media attention, and pressure on the President of the United States to enact …show more content…
Conditions, within public policy, are items that are considered a norm within a society or culture prior to being viewed as a problem (Anderson 92). Once someone identifies that the condition is not appropriate and finds it unacceptable, it then becomes a problem. In the United States, access to guns stems from the right written in the Constitution, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of the free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” (U.S. Const. amend. II). During the drafting of the Constitution, the framers wanted the people to be able to protect themselves from the government, with a militia. Fast forward to the 20th century and people begin to recognize gun violence as an issue and it becomes more of a problem with well known people are being attacked, and sometimes killed, through gun violence. After the assassination of President JFK, the Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed in effort to prohibit interstate commerce of gun sales unless one was apart of the specified categories (Spitzer 180). This was one of the first policies passed in reference to gun regulation, but gun violence continues to be a large problem within the United States and the legislation is still not strict enough to keep innocent civilians safe (Spitzer

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