December 9, 2011
There are twenty thousand more hand guns owned than cars owned in the United States alone. Due to the high numbers of accessible weapons in our world today, gun control is crucial to hold background knowledge on. Gun control is important to know about because of its long history and how the U.S. has been shaped from it, the pros and cons of gun control are in an upward spiral of current debate, and it’s always good to have a solid understanding of where you stand on the issue.
Now that the United States is protected by a trained military force rather than a civilian militia, is the Second Amendment still valid? The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep in their arms, shall not be infringed.” In 1813, Kentucky enacted the first concealed weapon law in the U.S., and in 1837, Georgia completely banned the sales of pistols. Long after Georgia’s bold move, many other states followed the lead in making concealed weapons illegal. Then in the 1920s and 1930s, many states imposed, “A Uniform Act to Regulate the Sale and Possession of Firearms,””which prohibited unlicensed carrying and possession of firearms.” The 1990s saw the categories of people prohibited from possessing firearms expand. The, “Gun Free School Zone Act” was passed and the minimum age for owning a hand gun was set to 18.
There are many strong debates that continue over gun control. Arguments in favor of MORE restrictive gun laws are: societal needs for reasonable gun control laws, high rates of gun-related violence and death, and the protest that the Second Amendment does not provide for individual gun rights. The arguments in favor of LESS restrictive gun laws include: the protest of individual resistance to tyranny is a civil right that is guaranteed by the Second Amendment, handgun use for self defense, and for the recreational usage of guns such as target shooting and...