The Gun Control Debate

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The gun control debate has started to raise a lot of attention in the past couple of months among American citizens. The debate is over whether or not there should be stricter laws preventing people to own guns. There should be tougher laws because there is not any structure with gun control. There have been multiple shootings in the news involving guns, and people want answers. The laws that have been created in the past and present, people being injured or even killed, and the president not having any response on the debate are some the issues that need answering. Although gun advocates feel their rights as citizens of the United States will be tampered if the government changes gun laws against them, new gun laws will stop gun violence and …show more content…
Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. It was called the Gun Control Act of 1968. In 1994, Congress passed bills to restrict certain assault weapons and created a national system of background checks for gun purchase. According to “Gun Control” (New York Times), after the bills were passed, the political pendulum began to swing the other way. There are thirty percent of people that feel gun laws should be the same and twelve percent that feel they should be less strict, according to Brian Montopoli, writer for Cbsnews.com. There have been bills set up to change the atmosphere and have more control today but have not been passed yet. New legislation will put more control on guns that is needed among the citizens. Montopli says forty-seven percent of people believe gun laws should be stricter. Gun advocates believe the new legislation will separate them from their rights because putting laws on their firearms will be against Amendment II. The Senate turned aside the latest attempt by gun advocates to expand the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons in other states, according to the article “Gun Control” (New Times). But there have been laws signed in their favor. Obama signed a law allowing visitors to national parks and refuges to carry loaded and concealed weapons. Obama should not have signed the law provision because that could be a …show more content…
New laws are needed because there is an increase in gun violence in the United States. The NRA does have a reason to oppose by saying their rights under the Second Amendment will be stripped from them, but there should be an exception when citizens take advantage of freedom. The shooting in Arizona has raised concern and now citizens of the United States are waiting for answers. Montopli (CBS) says there are more people that want stricter laws while gun advocates think there is nothing wrong with the laws. Gun advocates say guns are for protection, but they are not thinking about the mentally challenged people that should not have them. The government needs to think about this issue and pass major legislation to toughen the

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