Gun Control And Gun Violence Essay

872 Words Nov 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Gun Violence in America

Throughout history gun violence has escalated while the regulations on them have also become more serious. Gun restrictions were first implemented in the 20th century, when acts of violence shook the nation and began to make people focus on who we should allow to carry guns. Though as our laws have become stricter we haven’t seen a large decline in gun violence. Our country is broken up mostly into two groups of people: those who believe that it is our constitutional right to carry a weapon and those who believe that the right to carry a gun should be strictly licensed and in most cases prohibited. In Mary Ivin’s essay: Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns, she states that we should not be allowed to carry guns. This essay takes a deeper look into the history of gun control, both sides of the argument, and the correlation between violence and gun regulations.
During the 20th century, the United States began to implement stronger controls and greater restraints on gun sales based on the recent acts of violence that had shocked America. This was mostly in response to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the death of Martin Luther King Jr. It then took five years for Congress to pass the Gun Control Act of 1968. This act focused primarily on regulating the selling and trading of firearms except through licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers. By then the National Rifle Association…

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