Gun Control

Regulation of guns is a necessary action that needs to be taken in order
to save lives. A good definition of gun control is needed to understand the
sides and issues. Gun control is an effort to stop the rise in violent crime
by strengthening laws on the ownership of firearms. Persons in the group
against gun control believe that gun control is wrong, and that it is a
violation of constitutional rights. Those in favor of gun control believe
that gun control is good, that the Second Amendment does not apply to regular
citizens, and that guns should be taken out of the hands of criminals. There
are several major anti-gun control groups. These groups include the National
Rifle Association (NRA), and the Gun Owners of America (GOA) . The NRA is a
national group dedicated to the upholding of the Second amendment of the
Constitution. In their magazines, American Hunter and American Rifleman, they
say “The NRA, . . . believes that every law-abiding citizen is entitled to
the ownership and legal use of firearms, . . . ” The NRA does many things to
help display their beliefs and persuade others to their beliefs. This
association also has a strong pull on legislation, because it has many
lobbyists and supporters in government. This group has many members in
Congress, and former presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan are NRA
members. The NRA lobbies for several types of legislation. For example, the
NRA is currently trying to repeal the ban on assault weapons. A lot of money
is spent each year on legislation . The Gun Owners of America is another
group that is against gun control. The GOA preserves and defends the rights
of gun owners through legislation. They publish books, articles, and videos
on gun issues and how those issues affect people. They also conduct seminars
for the press and Congress about issues on the Second Amendment, and gun
issues. The GOA opposes bans on semiautomatic weapons, armor piercing
ammunition, and handguns. There are also many groups that are pro gun control
in the United States. The major group for gun control is Handgun Control,
Inc. (HCI), which is headed by Sarah Brady. Mrs. Brady is the wife of James
Brady, who was shot during an attempt on president Reagan’s life in 1981.
Another major group is the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), which was
formerly known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns. The CSGV believes
that handguns should be outlawed completely, with a few exceptions, such as
the military, police and sportsmen who keep their guns locked up together in
a gun club. Some accomplishments of HCI are laws prohibiting the interstate
sale of handguns, and laws prohibiting the sale of “assault weapons.” The
main goal of this organization was to pass the Brady Bill. Some of its other
goals are to ban multiple sales of handguns, to create gun-free zones around
all of the schools, and to establish control over who can manufacture and
sell weapons. HCI is working very hard to achieve these goals. The CSGV is
dedicated to the total removal of guns from the hands of citizens, with a few
exceptions. The CSGV is trying very hard to put gun banning legislation in
the law. They believe that if there are fewer guns out on the streets, then
there will be fewer gun crimes committed. The anti-gun control people believe
in several major ideas. They believe that the second amendment rights apply
only to militia, which they define as a group such as the National Guard and
not regular citizens. These people also believe that by controlling numbers
of guns on the streets gun violence can be reduced. The national government
doing working with the issue of gun control. There have been several bills
passed in the last ten years that have to do with gun control. First, there
was the Gun Control Act of 1986, which banned all fully-automatic weapons
from the hands of citizens. Then in 1988 there was the Brady Bill, which made
a seven-day waiting period mandatory for all handgun purposes, this law
passed the House of Representatives in 1991, but part of it was ruled
unconstitutional in 1994. Most recently there was the ban on assault weapons,
which bans the sale and manufacture of what the government considers assault
weapons. Both the NRA and HCI have fought very hard against one another to
pass some bills, and to keep some bills from becoming law.
Both sides of this argument present very strong cases. They have many facts
and statistics to use as weapons. The stronger case being presented by the
pro-gun control groups. The NRA has several good points, but HCI has points
that are more relevant to the society we live in. Pro-gun control groups can
prove that crime can be reduced with more gun control laws by showing death
statistics in countries with stricter gun control laws. The NRA argues
differently, but does not have the extremely convincing evidence to back
their ideas up. To save more lives from death by firearms, some compromise
must be made between these groups. Losing some time or money to buy a gun
could save many lives. The NRA argues that people are guaranteed the right to
own guns in the Second Amendment, but anti-gun control groups say that the
law applies only to militia, not individuals. The pro-gun control groups have
the stronger case because they can prove that lives will be saved. Take away
the guns, and there will be no gun violence, it makes sense.Words
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