Why Is Gun Control Unconstitutional?

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Jackson along with two others, at 14-years old, were a part of a case involving a shotgun, a video store, and a death. Although Jackson was not the shooter, he was sent to prison without parole. With cases like this, people start to think: First of all, why does a 14-year old have a shotgun? Second, what was going on in their head to cause them to shoot the gun? Third, is it even legal for them to have a shotgun? Many people argue about guns on a daily base. They argue whether owning guns should be controlled or not. Others believe if guns were controlled, then it would be unconstitutional. What exactly makes something unconstitutional? If it is “unauthorized by, or inconsistent with the constitution, as of a country,” then it is unconstitutional …show more content…
In the United States, President Obama proposed an executive order on gun control for all U.S. citizens. This order for gun control includes background checks for people who sell, buy, or have a history with mental health problems. Buying a gun will be difficult with this Order because, “The government will also require background checks for people who try to buy restricted firearms through a legal entity” (Schmidt, 2003, para 2). Many people are able to sell guns anywhere; for instance the internet, to avoid a background check. However, this executive order will help rule out people buying guns from the internet without a background check. People will lose the right to buy a gun if they do not pass the background check. If their background check involves any mental health problems they may also lose the right to buy a gun at all. It only makes sense that mental patients are exempt from buying a gun because not only are they in danger, but others around them are as well. For example, one can never be too sure if patients, with a mental health problem, are ever in the right state of mind. The smallest things can set off their emotions, causing them to pull the trigger. Along with checking backgrounds, the executive order will “enforce tighter rules for reporting guns that are lost or stolen” (Schmidt, 2003, para 7). This will force the government to keep track of the guns that are …show more content…
Therefore, gun control would be going against this statement because Obama is breaking the law by trying to remove guns away from people. Gun-control has its perks, such as keeping guns away from mental health patients and keeping track of guns that are stolen. However, it is going against what the constitution says. Taking away guns violates every person’s right as a U.S. citizen because the Fourteenth amendment clearly mentions, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States” (Fourteenth amendment, 1992, para 1). Therefore, the United States cannot enforce gun control because it will cut the privileges of citizens. The executive order Obama proposed was unconstitutional as well, because he said, “he would not wait for Congress to act on gun control” (Obama Issues, 2016, para 2) and part of the process of how a bill becomes a law, is it required to be accepted by the U.S House of Representatives, the U.S Senate and then the President. The Legislative Branch, also known as Congress, are in charge of making the laws and once it has been voted on to become a law, the President then gets to decide whether it passes or not. Unfortunately, President Obama decided to skip over

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