Gun Control Laws Lower Gun Violence Essay
The purpose of this paper is to determine if gun control laws lower gun-related homicide rates in the United States, as based on an analysis of statistical data following the implementation of the Brady Act; as well as, to determine if these laws produce an increased demand for guns in illegal gun markets. One of the major concerns for American citizens is that the Brady Act and any further actions by the government affect our rights under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that "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." Researching this topic and the outcomes of government actions to reduce gun violence could lead to the preservation of constitutional rights and simultaneously lead to provide insight as to whether alternative approaches to reducing gun violence in America should be taken.
B. BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND LITERATURE REVIEW
According to General Methodology (2016), "Gun Violence describes the results of all incidents of death or injury or threat with firearms without pejorative judgment within the definition" [sic]. The resolution on gun violence is a highly debated issue centering on the two major groups involved, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the Brady Campaign. The NRA is a major political force in Washington advocating for the right to keep and bear arms belonging to "the people", while…