Essay Gun Control in America

1306 Words Mar 24th, 2012 6 Pages
Gun Control in America
Peter Z Bliss

February 2, 2012
Kim Holloway

Gun Control in America
Gun control is a debate topic that comes up every election and when a major event happens that involving guns. Pro-gun lobbyists say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” [ (Hagan, 2007) ] the anti-gun advocates want to take away the right to bear arms. This topic has no right or wrong answer it is a preference of the individual. This is why gun control is such a fiercely debated topic.
Implementing gun control
Gun control cannot determine an accurate measurement according to research as there are two key components to the research lacking. What is the crime rate with no gun control? There is no documented research
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Facts about guns
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) there have been approximately 223 million guns made available to United States citizens “from the end of the nineteenth century to the near-close of the twentieth” (Lindeen, 2010, p. 1667). An estimated 80% of those 223 million guns were manufactured in the United States. There are estimated numbers showing 77 million handguns, 79 million long rifles, and 66 million shotguns. These numbers will continue to increase every year (Lindeen, 2010).
Though the second Amendment states every American citizen has the right to bear arms. The advocates for gun control fail to look beyond controlling guns. As there are two parts to a gun, the physical gun; hand gun, rifle, or shotgun. There is the ammunition that goes into those guns, if they cannot change regulations on owning guns. Why not look at placing regulations on the ammunition, as there is no first amendment right to own ammunition.
Anti-gun control
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the largest gun advocates in the United States. They use their political lobby efforts to help limit the laws that the government passes gun control. There have been Eight U.S. presidents that hold NRA memberships. The NRA is an organization that does not necessarily follow that option of the American citizen. They have opposed every firearm regulation

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