The Future Of Gun Violence In The United States

Mass shootings are increasing in the United States, and Democrats are seizing the opportunity to push anti-gun legislation to deter gun violence in America. Guns and the Second Amendment have come to the forefront of political rhetoric, leading to conflicting views between Republicans and Democrats on the future of gun legislation. Republicans are encouraging law abiding citizens to purchase firearms and defend themselves against acts of violence by criminals. On the contrary, Democrats believe the only way to slow gun violence in the United States is to outlaw guns in the general public. While certain politicians believe strict gun laws would protect the American people, the proposed policies would make our nation more vulnerable to violent …show more content…
This Constitutional provision states that it is “The right of the people to keep and bear arms,” and this right “shall not be infringed” (Kates). The founding fathers of the United States believed citizens should be armed as a means of discouraging government tyranny and keeping a majority of the power in the hands of the people. A majority of constitutional experts agree the language of the Second Amendment allows for every law abiding citizen to own firearms, however there are critics who believe only state militias have the right to keep and bear arms in …show more content…
The most important gun case heard by the Supreme Court in recent years was the case of District of Columbia vs. Heller. After Washington, D.C. passed a series of strict regulations and restrictions for personal firearms in the District of Columbia, a group of gun owners filed a lawsuit against the city claiming the new legislation violated the Second Amendment. They believed that the gun laws being imposed upon them violated their Second Amendment rights by prohibiting them from buying, owning, and/or carrying firearms in Washington, D.C.. Although the case was not heard by the United States Supreme Court, the case was first tried in district court in 2003 in response to the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975

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