|BRIDGET SANIPAS | |March 27, 2013 |
MG 562 Public Administration
March 27, 2013
GUN CONTROL POLICY
Gun Control Policy is in the news again because of the massive killings at the school in Connecticut recently. Gun Control has been a topic up for debate for many years in the United States. It may not have been on people’s forefront of most people’s political agenda though. It usually comes up when something happens that is awful in the public and goverments eyes. Because it isn’t always on their political agenda the special interest groups have played a prominent role in shaping public discourse and influencing governmental decision making. The specialist interest groups that are in favor of Gun Control Policies have been organized better than the ones that oppose the Gun Control Policy. This is why they are able to twart strict regulations in the area of gun control.
Firearms usage has increased tramendously in our society by the criminals and children. The inadequacy of current legislation has forced the public to address again the gun control policies. They are saying there’s a weak system of gun control and until there is serious efforts made to devise stronger firearms legislation, firearms will continue to fall into the wrong hands. They want legislation to implement on a national scale to make gun control more effective and to enact reasonable restrictions prohibiting criminals and children from having access to firearms and those responsible for distribution of firearms to adhere to these restrictions or face a big penalty. Share on Tumblr [pic]3
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The Second Amendment, was added to the Constitution in 1791, gives everyone a right to bear arms, gun enthusiasts argues. Does it also give the right to walk around with assault rifles? As everyone remembers the ones that were killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, while they waited to see if an assault rifle ban would pass, they look at the history of gun control laws: • 1860s — A lot of the southern states passed what they called Black Codes, which strictly limited the African Americans in these states rights including owning a gun. • 1927 — Congress passed the Mailing of Firearms Act, known as the Miller Act • 1934 — The National Firearms Act of 1934 is the first piece of gun control legislation passed by the federal government. This act was prompted by gangsters using the “Tommy gun”. The act was proposed to ban or regulate a variety of different firearms. which taxed the transfer of certain firearms specified in the act and manufactures. It required registration of manufacturers and anyone who imported firearms. • 1938 — The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 banned criminals from receiving or sending firearms in interstate or foreign commerce and regulated interstate commerce in firearms. • 1968 — The Gun Control Act of 1968, was prompted by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy. The gun that Lee Harvey Oswald used to kill...