Gun Control: The Stricter the Safer! Gun control, due to rights under the Second Amendment, has been a controversial issue for centuries. The Second Amendment of the Constitution states: “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.” Had the amendment simply said the right to bear arms, gun control would not be a controversial issue to this day. The debate is whether the Second Amendment is stating that each and every U.S citizen has a right to keep and bear arms, or whether it is stating only members of the militia have the right to keep and bear arms. If the Second Amendment was referring to each person
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Bill Durston, “a USMC combat veteran of Vietnam and former expert marksman in the Marines” states, “Guns in the homes of honest citizens are much more likely to be used to kill themselves and their family members than to protect against an attacker” (Durston 2). In the United States it’s not a secret that our rights-to-carry gun laws are very lax. According to the April 2006 Wisconsin April 2006 Wisconsin Legislation Reference Bureau, 35 states have the “shall issue” permit, 11 states have the “may issue” permit, 2 states require no permit, and in 3 states no permit is available because they don’t allow people to carry guns at all (Brown and Anderson 3). The “shall issue” permit states that a concealed weapon can be owned and carried just about anywhere as long as a certain criteria is met (Brown and Anderson 6). The “may issue” permit says “the authorities may issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon to an individual, but are under no legal obligation to do so” states the April 2006 Wisconsin April 2006 Wisconsin Legislation Reference Bureau (Brown and Anderson 3).
If getting a background check is mandatory to purchase a gun, then recording and reporting mental illness records should be mandatory as well. According to Durston, in 1994 the Federal Brady Act requiring background checks for most gun purchasers was ratified. A