The Issue Of Gun Control Essay

733 Words Dec 1st, 2015 3 Pages
Gun control is back as an important topic in the United States after the recent shootings at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. Public safety while protecting the Second Amendment is a difficult task for lawmakers, especially after a tragedy. The public is looking towards our government for answers to this issue. Public option should be a consideration for new laws and regulations being created.
The United States addressed the issue of gun control with the ratification of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1791. In 1871, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was founded. The U.S. further supported gun control with the National Firearms Act in 1934 and Federal Firearms Act in 1938. These acts controlled the selling and shipping of firearms. A fine was also associated with these acts. The assassination of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King brought on the Gun Control Act in 1968. This act put stipulations on mail order guns (Infoplease.com). As issues arise more acts have issued for gun control.
With all of these acts in place, the public opinion regarding gun control has only slightly changed over the decades. Pew Research Center shows in 1993 57 percent of Americans supported gun control while 35 percent supported gun rights, and in 2015 50 percent of American support gun control while 47 percent support gun rights (people-press.org). According to the article, “Public Opinion About Gun Policies”, author Tom Smith…

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