Gun Control Act Of 1993 Essay

1173 Words Jan 4th, 2016 5 Pages
I. Do you know how many children and adolescents are brought to the emergency room for gun related accidents each year? Over 7,000. Of that 7,000, 6% (about 420 children) actually die from their injuries. These numbers don’t even include the estimated 3,000 who die before they’re able to reach the ER. Modern gun control began in 1968 with the Gun Control Act. This allowed state, local, and federal law enforcement officials to have increased power in regulating gun control (this was in an attempt to fight crime). The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 followed the Gun Control Act, and it made it so that people who were interested in buying guns had to pass a background check. The following year, the Federal Assault Weapons ban was initiated thanks to Congress. For ten years, the ban remained in place, and it made it so that civilians couldn’t handle assault weapons (semi-automatic firearms). However, this ban expired in 2004, and the Sandy Hook Shooting happened eight years later. If this ban on civilian ownership of assault weapons had been in place on December 14, 2012, maybe we could have prevented the loss of twenty young lives. If we want to cause a change, we could try doing any (or all) of the following: requiring states to enter mental health and criminal records into the federal background check system, beginning to require background checks for EVERY gun sold, whether by a private seller or not, and strengthening enforcement of straw sales (which…

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