Gun Control Policy Brief Essay

1859 Words Apr 4th, 2014 8 Pages
What is the Issue?
Gun Control
What is the Question?
Should gun control be instituted in the United States?

The concept of gun control has become a hot button item as we live in a country where mass murders, school shootings, and many other gun related crimes are becoming more and more frequent. People are faced with the impending questions on what should be done to limit these types of crimes and how can one defend themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims to these senseless acts? The main question regarding these issues is; should stricter gun control be instituted in the United States? As defined by Merriam-Webster, “gun control is laws that control how guns are sold and used and who can own them.” Around this
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Murder rates sky-rocketed to 73% higher than they were before the law.12 At the peak of the murder rates in the early 90's a little over 80 out of 100,000 people in DC were victims of murder or non-negligent manslaughter. Even though murders in the city began to decline while the law was still in effect, more rapid decrease is charted after the law was repealed in 2008. In 1982 Chicago instituted a similar ban on handguns. The law barred citizens from possessing handguns except for those registered with the city prior to the law. The law was amended in 1994 requiring re-registration of handguns every two years. Failure to comply resulted in the owner forfeiting their right to own a handgun. The law was eventually found unconstitutional in 2010. During the time this was in place murders committed with handguns was 40% higher than it was before the law took effect. In 2005 alone 96% of the people murdered with firearms were killed with handguns.13
Right-to-Carry Laws (RTC) Right-to-Carry laws permit civilians who meet certain criteria, have completed a background check, and a gun safety course to carry a concealed firearm in most public places. RTC laws aim to respect individuals

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