Essay Literature Review On Gun Control

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Literature Review on Gun Control
Gun control has been a problem within the United States since the early 1900s. In today’s society with the spree of public shootings, the gun control movement has made its way back to headlines. Throughout American history, it has been a right that every law-abiding citizen the right to own a firearm. Though this Second Amendment was created in 1789 and hasn’t been ratified since 1791 the government is pushing to try and change this law for countless reasons. The mental health department is one of the primary sources of individuals supporting the idea of stricter firearm laws.
In the article “Mentally Defective” Language in the Gun Control Act, author Jana R. McCreary focuses on those individuals that have struck havoc in society with a firearm. The individuals that are spoken about in the article, all suffered from some type of mental illness. The first one spoken about was Jared Lee Loughner, who in 2011 open fired on a crowd of people with his Glock 19 handgun. This horrifying event took the lives of 6 individuals and wounded dozens. What made this horrifying event a focus for the mental health department was with further research into Mr. Loughner’s life. “First came the accusation of political motivation: in Loughner’s belongings, police found letters and notes that suggest Loughner was particularly upset with the Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s politics”. (McCreary, 2013, p. 815). What police had discovered upon deeper…

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