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Gun Control
Imagine a world where there were no laws controlling who could and couldn’t buy guns. Imagine that a felon who had committed armed robbery could walk into any store and buy a gun along with the ammunition that is needed for that gun. It would be a scary would if anybody and everybody were able to buy a gun. If there were no laws for gun owners this situation could happen these laws are put into place to protect not only citizens but to protect the gun owners. Thankfully we live in a world where gun control has evolved over the years in order to protect America and its citizens.

1911 was when the first law towards gun control was passed and according to The Salt Lake Tribune (1995) New York passes the Sullivan Law, which makes buying or carrying a handgun without a permit a felony. Which also started the first political fray against the gun control that was stopped because of the start of World War I? It was the start of both sides of gun control, not only was it the start of gun control, however it was also the start of people political or not, the laws were against the gun control. These Laws are put into effect to protect, and eleven years later, there was another law that was passed. In 1927 Congress had passed a law that would ban mail-order sales of a handgun but the advocates fail to pass that law on a federal level. After that, states did start putting laws into place that would regulate the use and sales of handguns (The Salt Lake Tribune, 1995).

According to "Gun Control Fact-Sheet 2004 " (2008) Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day. This means that even with gun control laws that are in effect people and their families do not feel safe. There are ways for felons to get around the laws and still own guns. This means that more and more families are getting guns to protect their families and to feel safe. The Anti-Gun Clinton researchers agreed that guns are used 1.5 million times a year in self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice department there are as many as 1.5 million incidents a year where a fire are was used in self-defense. ("Gun Owners of America",2008). Even the people who are against the laws for gun control have agreed that there are more and more families who are using guns as a means to protect themselves as well as their families. Other statistics show that the concealed carry laws have reduced the crime rates in the states that have put these laws into place. The comprehensive study, which reviewed crime statistics in every county in the United States between the years of 1977 and 1992, the states that have passed the concealed carry laws had reduced the rate of murder by 8.5%. They had reduced the rate of rape by 5% aggravated assault by 7% and robbery by 3%. ("Gun Owners Of America", 2008). If you have been convicted of a felon, by law, you are not able to purchase a gun, however for years criminals have been getting around this law and there are many people who for a time believed that the place the felons have been purchasing the guns at gun shows. In order to buy a gun, you need to have a background check in order to make sure that you are not a felon, and are able to purchase a gun and ammunition. If you were to buy and sell a gun or ammunition to a convicted felon, It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, however people still buy guns for others knowing they are felons. ("Gun Control", 2010). There were two studies done that proved that gun shows were not the primary source of illegal guns for criminals. According to Government studies, the Nation Institute of Justice reported that in 1997 less than 2% of criminals are obtaining fire arms from a gun show. ("Gun Owners of America", 2008). These statics show that criminals are able to obtain guns which are why there are laws that help the American citizen to...
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