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Gun Control Debate

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Andrea Flores

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Gun Control Debate

Gun Control Anti Gun Control 2nd 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. Quotes: : "No man shall ever be disbarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government." -Thomas Jefferson "All man are born free and independent, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights, among which maybe reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties...."
-John Adams Leading Cause of Death -Heart disease: 597,689
-Cancer: 574,743
-Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
-Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
-Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
-Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
-Diabetes: 69,071
-Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
-Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
-Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364 Countries With Established Gun Control Laws 1911 Turkey
1929 Soviet Union
1935 China
1938 Germany
1970 Uganda National Firearms Act of 1934 Banned Machine Guns and Short Barrel Weapons
Created a waiting period for gun purchases
Alled FBI to pursue Federal charges & and choose the state/country with a higher chance convictions Federal Firearms Act of 1938 Start of Federal Firearms License.
Records of sales and ammunition were required from all businesses that sold or repaired guns. Gun Control Act of 1968 Created after the JKF shooting.
Created Alcohol, Tobacco, & Fire Arms (ATF) taxes
All manufacturing & sales of Firearms required Federal Firearm licensing (FFL).
No interstate transfer of firearms between non-FFLs
No shipping firearms/ammunition by US Mail
Age requirement enforced for purchasers
Serial number required on all firearms
Expanded definition of "prohibited persons"
Stopped the so-called "Saturday Night Special" handguns
Established sentencing guidelines for firearm-involved crimes Gun Control Act of 1968 Title I : the following may be purchased anywhere.
Semi-automatic pistols
Pump shotguns
Double barrel shotguns
Bolt action deer rifles Gun Control Act of 1968 Machine Gun - Fires more than one round with a single pull of the trigger. Gun Control Act of 1968 Short Barreled Rifle - Any rifle with barrel length under 16 inches •Short Barreled Shotgun - Any shotgun with barrel length under 18 inches Gun Control Act of 1968 Gun Control Act of 1968 •Silencer - Also more properly termed a sound suppressor. Gun Control Act of 1968 • Destructive Device (DD) - Grenades, bombs, gases, etc., and any firearm over .50 caliber with no legitimate sporting purpose. Pratt said ,"the government is trying to limit the Second Amendment because it poses the greatest threat to the government’s control of the public." Article: South Jersey Tea Party Group Rallies Against Gun Control Proposals He also said,“Gun control is no business of the federal government. The federal government is banned by the Constitution to involve itself in gun control.” Any Other Weapon (AOW) Is the catch-all for smooth bore pistols, cane-guns, short barreled-short stock rifles and shotguns, etc. Firearm Owners Protection Act 1986 Created after the attempted assassination of Ronald Regan.
Illegal to convert semi-automatic riffles to machine guns. Illegal to purchase newly manufactured machine guns without Class 3 liscense.
Expanded the definition of a machine gun to, “any combination of parts designed or intended to convert weapons to a machine gun."
As a result – Increase in demand & decrease in supply of machine guns manufactured and registered prior to 5/19/1986 among private citizen sales.
Possible for the government to recall all privately owned machine guns at any time with little or no compensation. Quotes: "I personally don't think there's any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe we've got to take that serious look – I understand everybody's desire to have whatever they want – but we have to protect our children and our police and we have to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that."
-Gen. Stanley McChrystal Pro Gun Control Roadblocks to Gun Control 1996 some conservative members of Congress mounted an effort to eliminate the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control because they believed some researchers were cheerleaders for the anti-gun movement.
Congress added language to the CDC appropriation saying “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control Stagering Statistics Firearms were used to kill 30,143 people in the United States in 2005, the most recent year with complete data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 17,002 of these were suicides, 12,352 homicides, and 789 accidental firearm deaths. Nearly half of these deaths occurred in people under the age of 35. When we consider that there were also nearly 70,000 nonfatal injuries from firearms, we are left with the staggering fact that 100,000 men, women, and children were killed or wounded by firearms in the span of just one year.
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