Essay on The United States Should Enforce Stricter Gun Laws

1998 Words Oct 13th, 2014 8 Pages
The United States of America should enforce stricter gun laws in order to protect its citizens. Most people have access to guns, but many do not even know how to use one properly and are not aware of the consequences when pulling the trigger. Recent studies show that around 30,000 people in the United States get killed by firearms every year, whereas countries that enforce strict gun regulations show numbers in the hundreds or even lower than that. Therefore, the United States should enforce stricter gun laws and regulations which, in turn, will lead to a safer environment. (Alpers) Before that, however, one needs to take a look at the constitution of the United States, since it is the main reason for why there aren’t any strict gun regulations in the first place. According to the Second Amendment, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The meaning behind this Amendment has been debated on for many years and in 2008 the Supreme Court made its decision in the Heller case, which states “the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in the militia.” Another case, by the name of McDonald v. Chicago, decided that the decision made by the Heller case applies against states and localities as well. With these two decisions, advocates for gun control are in a difficult position, but one should ask the question of whether the…

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