Instructor: Nancy Cassano
Gun Control in America
The United States government should have the authority to restrict and regulate American citizens from buying or owning firearms. Gun Control laws are necessary in a state because they decrease violence and increase government protection in the state.
Gun laws are the cause of much violent crime in America, and they need to be changed to better background checks, tracking the movement and sale of weapons, and prohibiting the sale of high capacity magazines. First of all, an updated background check system will help prevent gun violence (“Updated”). In 1968,Congress passed the first federal laws to limit access to guns, by
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It should also include people who are compelled by a court to take medication for mental illness or to get other mental health care (“updated”). Even if the NICS database included the name of every person prohibited from having a gun under federal law, it would still be easy and legal to obtain guns with no background check, no questions asked (“updated”). That is because the current law only applies to gun sales by federally licensed dealers (“updated”). The new law would require that non-licensed people selling guns ensure that the buyer has undergone a background check in NICS (“updated”). Secondly, tracking the movement and sale of weapons will also help prevent gun violence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Tracing Center (NTC) is the country’s only crime gun tracing facility (“ATF”). As such, the NTC provides critical information that helps domestic and international law enforcement agencies solve firearms crimes, detect firearms trafficking and track the intrastate, interstate and international movement of crime guns (“ATF”). America would be the safest nation in the world, since we own an estimated 270 million firearms-approximately 90 guns for every 100 people (“stronger”). Convicted felons and other prohibited persons are able to buy guns easily from unlicensed