Gun Control Regulation : A Country Of Gun Lovers Essay

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Throughout the world the United States is viewed as a country of gun lovers. Our love of guns was largely rooted at the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Within the passing 239 years since that day, personal gun ownership had steadily increased and along the way thousands of lives have either been saved or taken due to that very fact. “Every year in the U.S. there are nearly 30,000 gun deaths” (Pollitt, 1). The average U.S. citizen is able to buy a handgun when they reach 21 years of age and a long gun at the age of 18 after a licensed firearms dealer clears them via a background check. Some feel that the age should be increased, while others feel the exact opposite. Given the potentially deadly nature of guns, it is with good reason that the tightening of firearms regulations is currently an ongoing heated debate now in the 21st century.

Gun control regulation is now more controversial than ever due to tragic events such as the December 2012 student shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. During this horrific event, 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered his mother, 6 staff members, and 28 elementary students (Barron, 1). Events of this nature pose the question; should the average the citizen legally be allowed to own and operate a firearm. People on one side of the gun-control debate, known as gun control activists, feel that all gun carrying should be banned at the highest government level. They would also like to place a ban all new gun…

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