The Control Of Gun Owners Essay

1463 Words Mar 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Surrounding the control of gun owners. Granting to an author, gun control has been an issue since at least 1934 when Congress legislated a law restricting machine guns and sawed-off shotguns. An Author points out that after the assassinations of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, a law was passed that banned the importation of inexpensive handguns called "Saturday Night Specials;" in 1993, the Brady Bill was passed, which required background checks for handgun purchases; and a 1994 law banned the sale of semiautomatic assault guns. (Patricia and Brooke 115).
Since 1994, there has been very little gun control legislation. An author cites several incidents that produced gun control debate, but no legislation: the assassination of President Kennedy and the assassination attempt on President Reagan; the shooting of Federal agents by the heavily armed followers of David Koresh in Waco, Texas; and the April '99 killings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Usually, events such as these lead to strict controls on guns, but the past and current administration are not interested in controlling guns, according to their legislative records. That is not to state that there is not a strong demand for gun control legislation. Granting to an author, the United States possesses the highest per capita gun ownership in all developed countries.
Americans own approximately 200,000,000 guns, of which about 70,000,000 are handguns, according to an…

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