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The History of Gun Control Laws in the United States

One of the most controversial issues in our society is gun control regulation. Gun control refers to restrictions or limits on possession, production, importation, shipment, sale, and/or guns by private citizens. There is an extreme amount of violence associated with guns that is increasing every year. Back in history when gun control laws and the second amendment was created, they didn’t have the huge fright that Americans have today of people constantly killing other people every day. Though, some people feel that it isn’t guns that kill people, it is the peoples fault. There are many questions that arise concerning who should be able to own guns and how those guns are obtained. The Second Amendment 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" (Bill of Rights). It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. Americans felt that the right to arms was important for different reasons such as stopping invasions, participating in law enforcement, enabling the people to organize a militia system, preventing an undemocratic government, etc. Later into the twentieth century, a debate had grown about. The question most frequently being asked in many different words are, is the amendment that was created to ensure the continuation and successful of the state militias as a means of defense, or was it created to ensure an individual’s right to own a firearm. People, gun control advocates, began to read the second amendment concerned with rising violence in society and the role firearms play in that violence. While on the other side, firearm enthusiasts saw the attacks on gun ownership as attacks on freedom and defended their interpretation of the second amendment just as aggressively. Much of the debate that is going on today is centered on how the amendment was phrased and no...
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