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Gun Control

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Gun Control Hunter Sullivan 2/15/13 What is Gun Control? Gun control is any law made to limit the possesion, production, or sale of firearms. Why is Gun Control Needed? In 2008: 303, 880 violent crimes were committed with guns ("Firearms") 10, 886 murders were committed using guns (Agresti, Smith) 7% of the 5.1 million accounts of rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault involved guns ("Firearms") How Does Gun Control Affect This Generation? Who Does Gun Control Affect? Gun Owners Law Enforcement Criminals 565 children under the age of 18 were killed with guns 119 children under the age of 12 were killed with guns 129 children under the age of 19 were killed in gun-related accidents In 2011 In 2010 749 took their own lives with the use of firearms (Ross) History of Gun Control The first law pertaining to guns in the U.S. is was the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which states: "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." ("Milestones") In 1934 the National Firearms Act was passed. This act made it illegal to own automatic firearms and short-barreled shotguns, as well as attaching a $200 tax to any gun sales. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was passed in 1994. This act banned the possession of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines as well as prohibiting juveniles from possessing or selling handguns. The Gun Control Act of 1968 outlawed mail order sales of rifles and shotguns after a mail-ordered rifle was used by Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate John F. Kennedy. Pros of Gun Control Violent crime rates would be reduced as it would be more difficult for criminals to obtain guns Gun-related accidents would decrease Suicide rates would lower as it is easier to act on impulses immediately with a gun Massacres such as the Columbine, Aurora, and Sandy Hook shootings would be less likely to happen Cons of Gun Control It would infringe upon the Second Amendment Law-abiding citizens would not be able to protect themselves from attackers Criminals might still be able to get firearms from another source, such as the black market It would be time-consuming and expensive to put gun control laws into effect. Gun Control Proposals Better education on gun safety and use The NICS Improvement Act, which would stop mentally ill or barred individuals from purchasing guns A ban on firearm magazines that hold more than ten bullets at once A ban on assault weapons (firearms with a telescoping stock, pistol grip, or flash suppressor Evidence for Gun Control Since the National Firearms Act was passed in 1934, only two murders have been committed with automatic weapons (Gun Cite) The United Kingdoms, a country with strict gun control, had only 155 gun-related deaths in 2010 (Gun Policy) Japan, a country with even stricter gun control, had only eleven homicides committed with firearms in 2008 (Gun Policy) Don Kates Gun Deaths Per State vs. States with Firearm Laws Gun Control Solutions Conclusion As massacres such as the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings continue to happen at an alarming rate, stricter gun control laws must be introduced into the United States. Works Cited Ross, Janell. "Child Gun Deaths Nationwide Number Nearly 6 Newtown Massacres." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 21 Dec. 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. "Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation." Infoplease. Infoplease, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. Gun Policy Facts and News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. "The Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars." The Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. Don Kates is a retired criminologist who has written several books on gun control, such as The Great American Gun Debate: Essays on Firearms and Violence. He has also specialized as a civil liberties lawyer in cases involving the Second Amendment. Gun Policy Facts and News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. Florida, Richard. "The Geography of Gun Deaths." The Atlantic. N.p., 13 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. States with at least one gun control law have a lower rate of gun-related deaths. More citizens should be trained in gun safety courses to properly handle firearms Access to assault weapons should be restricted The background check system should be upgraded to stop the mentally ill and criminals from purchasing guns Gun license should be reworked so that they must be renewed every two years “Firearms and Crime Statistics.” Bureau of Justice Statistics. Office of Justice Programs. Web. 22 Jan 13. Gun Cite. Web. 20 Jan 13. (Florida) Works Cited Ross, Janell. "Child Gun Deaths Nationwide Number Nearly 6 Newtown Massacres." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 21 Dec. 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. "Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation." Infoplease. Infoplease, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. Gun Policy Facts and News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. "The Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars." The Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. Florida, Richard. "The Geography of Gun Deaths." The Atlantic. N.p., 13 Jan. 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. “Firearms and Crime Statistics.” Bureau of Justice Statistics. Office of Justice Programs. Web. 22 Jan 13. Gun Cite. Web. 20 Jan 13. Pictures Cited "TwistedSifter." TwistedSifter. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. ("TwistedSifter") "TwistedSifter" "Guns Weapons Handguns Black Background Gun HD Wallpaper of Army & Military." Guns Weapons Handguns Black Background Gun HD Wallpaper. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. ("Guns Weapons") ("Random Gun") "Random Gun Generator to Have Most Guns of Any First Person Shooter." GameFawn Videogame News Reviews RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. ("Bullets") "Bullets." San Diego Free Press RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. "Close-Up of Gun Being Fired." All Posters. Allposters.com, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. ("Close-Up") "Don B. Kates : Michel and Associates, P.C." Michel and Associates PC RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. ("Don B. Kates") Had better gun control laws been in effect, these numbers would be much lower.
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