Instructor: Nancy Cassano
Gun Control in America
The United States government should have the authority to restrict and regulate American citizens from buying or owning firearms. Gun Control laws are necessary in a state because they decrease violence and increase government protection in the state. Gun laws are the cause of much violent crime in America, and they need to be changed to better background checks, tracking the movement and sale of weapons, and prohibiting the sale of high capacity magazines. First of all, an updated background check system will help prevent gun violence (“Updated”). In 1968,Congress passed the first federal laws to limit access to guns, by prohibiting dangerous people, like felons, drug abusers, and the mentally ill from purchasing or possessing guns (“updated”). In 1993, Congress passed the Brady bill, named for President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, who had been critically wounded in the assassination attempt on President Reagan. The Brady Bill created a system of background checks that helped to make real the purpose of the 1968 law (“updated”). Unfortunately, incomplete records and loopholes in the law have stopped background checks from doing their job (“updated”). Everyday, 34 Americans are murdered with guns, and most of them are possessed illegally (“updated”). Since 1968, more than 400,000 Americans have been killed with guns (“updated”). We need a better background check system and it needs to be fixed now. The first step into regulating the system is to get all the names of people who should be prohibited from buying a gun into the background check foe every gun sale (“updated”). The next step is to close the loopholes in the background check system by requiring a background check for every gun sale (“updated”). The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is used to conduct background checks on prospective gun buyers, is...
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