The Importance Of Gun Control In America

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11 million guns were produced in the U.S. in 2013, which just so happens to be the year after the Sandy Hook massacre. That 's more than twice as many as the 5.4 million firearms produced in 2010. (Dent, 2016) In 2014 there was a shooting close to home, in Darby, Pennsylvania where someone carrying a firearm was credited a hero and saved many lives due to the fact that he was legally carrying a firearm. Honestly, there is a lot of propaganda about gun control. So much so that the truth has been lost. Due to current times of the 2016 presidential election, this is a hot-button issue. We had Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton who is not looking to eliminate guns in American but have stricter control over them and on the other …show more content…
Americans were given the right to bear arms with the creation of the Bill of Rights in 1791. The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights was and still is even to this day the most basic stance on the issue of gun control. Essentially it was created to protect America’s rights. However, the main debate comes from the idea of whether or not to implement stricter laws that are already in place and will they actually have an impact on lowering gun violence. (Guns, 2016) In the 1930 's we saw the rise of prohibition and crime, therefore President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the issue of gun control a part of his New Deal which was used to regain trust, dignity and prosperity with Americans after the Great Depression. Since its conception in 1934 the National Firearms Act has mandated licensing and registration for machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles which were known as "gangster weapons" and had no need in self-defense. Such firearms quickly became, and remain the guns least used in crimes. Roosevelt wins approval of the National Firearms Act of 1938, which requires the licensing of interstate gun dealers, who must record their sales. It prohibits sales to individuals under indictment or convicted of crimes of violence. The Act of 1934 was later amended following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was …show more content…
The topic of Guns and terrorism is anything short of a nightmare. An example is a violent incident at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where an individual, Omar Mateen was investigated by the FBI twice and had the ability to purchase not only a pistol but an assault rifle only a few days prior to the attack. The now President-Elect Trump’s opinion and only change to the current laws we have in place now are to not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns. However, this is something everyone thinks about. How could it be that Mateen was able to purchase firearm. If people like this have the ability to purchase firearms then everyone else should be able to carry what they want because they view it as a matter of national security. By looking at the facts about gun control about 48% of Americans own a gun for protection alone. (Appendix 1) (Drake, 2014)
Finally, the most important reason America should not regulate any further the control of firearms is the incidences of gun violence have actually been stopped by people who carry guns and have licenses to carry. Approximately 200,000 times a year a woman uses a gun to defend against sexual abuse and about 60 percent of felons say that they will not mess with an armed

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