Gun Control And The United States Essay

1440 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Guns hold a very powerful ideology in America due to its mention in the constitution. There are very powerful opinions for keeping gun laws as is and strong opinion to increase gun control in this country. Gun violence is a significant public health concern due to the impact it has on individuals, communities and society. If someone dies due to gun violence it will in turn impact families, friends and communities. In the instance of mass shoots the impact it has is multiplied tremendously due to the number of people involved and the burden of losing a loved one. Gun violence has a potent impact on stress levels of those living in high crime areas and this can lead to very real and significant emotional problems.

One significant reason gun control is such a polarizing topic in the United States is due to the mention in the constitution. The second amendment reads, “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” (Legal Information Institute, n.d). In 2008 the United States Supreme Court looked at the second amendment in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. The D.C had a law banning handguns and Heller challenged this law. The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment was an individual right for United States citizens to possess firearms and the ruling struck down the handgun ban in the Washington D.C. (Legal Information Institute, n.d). The Supreme Court in…

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