Supporters¬† of gun control believe that the National¬† Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 are ineffective¬† in curbing the rampant proliferation and misuse of firearms in¬† society. More to the point, the easy access of weapons to high-risk¬† individuals, youths and criminals puts the safety of the law-abiding¬† segments of the population under unnecessary and unfair risks of¬† personal harm. They advocate the tightening of regulation in firearms¬† procurement, especially in the face of rising crime rates. The recent¬† spate of mass killings in country have seen increased calls for more¬† stringent regulations in the sales and distribution of firearms.¬† Statistics from the Center For Disease Control have shown a¬† disturbing increase in firearms related deaths to about 30,000¬† annually, and it shows no signs of abating.
The¬† Second 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.‚ÄĚ
Gun¬† control opposition meanwhile points to their right to bear arms, as¬† enshrined in the Second Amendment, and any attempts to deny them this¬† infringes upon their constitutional right as citizens. Their position¬† was further reinforced by a High Court ruling in 2008, which asserts¬† the rights of private citizens to bear arms. Furthermore, the¬† firearms industry lobbyist claims that there is no correlation¬† between guns and increased rates in crimes and fatalities, citing the¬† media, drugs and the socioeconomic factors as a more likely cause.¬† The National Rifle Association (NRA) also argues that increased¬† regulations would potentially leave more families defenseless against¬† dangerous elements of the society, endangering them further.
‚ÄĘ I support enforcing gun laws at the time of sale with background checks and educated vendors.
‚ÄĘ I would confiscate illegally owned guns and guns that are illegal for civilians to own.
‚ÄĘ I believe that assault weapons should be banned, ‚Äúwho needs them except criminals and police?‚ÄĚ