Gun Control Research Paper

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Gun Control: A Debatable Issue
“There are an estimated 280 million to 300 million guns in private hands in America—many legally owned, many not. Each year, more than 4 million new guns enter the market.” (Goldberg). This shows that America has many gun enthusiasts and has plentiful guns. The first documented use of a firearm was in 1364. The first use of firearm proof marks was in 1637. In 1840, guns began to use pin fire cartridges. Shotguns first began to be frequently used in 1850. In 1892, automatic handguns were invented. Gun control dates back to the Revolutionary War, when the British attempted to confiscate American militia powder. In 1813, Kentucky enforced gun control laws to stop citizens carrying concealed weapons in public. After the Civil War, newly freed slaves in the South were not allowed to bear arms. In the 20th Century, many groups supporting gun control laws were formed. Finally, after the Newtown school shooting, President Obama tried to enforce gun control laws. Gun controls are laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification and use of firearms. Although the Second Amendment gives people the right to bear arms, the American government should enact gun control laws because there are too many mass shootings and there are too many guns in circulation.

Many gun rights activists argue that the Second Amendment gives US citizens the right to bear arms. However, the Second Amendment was created to allow states to make a military to protect the state. “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” (Agresti and Smith). This quote represents that the Second Amendment in the Constitution represents the military, not citizen’s rights to bear arms. Others say that without guns, citizens are left defenseless. Regardless, there are more police guarding the streets than ever, and many citizens have a concealed...
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