Gun Laws

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Cheryl Jackson
ENG 101
Professor
November 7, 2012

“Firearms Laws”

The debate over people being allowed to carry guns has been going on for a long time. The real debate should be whether or not these laws are really reducing or increasing violent crimes in America today. According to the website, Gunowners.org, an individual can purchase any firearm from a federal, firearms licensee (FFL) in another state by going to his place of business(Gun). The right to keep and bear arms is addressed in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Federal gun laws are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). They have done a really good job in the past. In my opinion, these gun laws aren’t reducing crime in America, they are in fact making crime worse.

With the way our current gun laws are written anyone with an id and an address can go in and purchase a firearm. According to Daniel Webster, a writer for CNN.com, he states “In most states, a person with a long history of arrests and convictions for misdemeanors (often pleaded down from felony charges), prior restraining orders for domestic violence and history of drug and alcohol abuse can own as many military-style weapons as he can afford to purchase, and can legally carry concealed guns almost anywhere” (Webster). This doesn’t seem like it is very safe for the public. A guy named James Eagan Holmes walks into a Aurora, Colorado theatre and begins opening fire on people in the theatre. With the amount of deaths and injuries caused by this man, there is no way he should have been able to purchase all these weapons he had on him. All he had to do was pass a simple background check. Just doesn’t seem right. There should be more people to blame besides the shooter himself. Webster has given some insight on how to maybe stop events like this from happening. He states, “Rational gun policy, one that puts public safety ahead of the interests of the gun...
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