Public Policy and Gun Control

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  • Topic: Gun Control Act of 1968, Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, United States
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Public Policy and Gun Control

They’re many different biased opinions related to the topic of public policy and gun control. Many would argue that gun control doesn’t follow public policy in a “normal” route. “Normal” being shocking incidents or crises that draw public attention and media coverage which in turn draw a debate on one or more aspects of the issue wither it be a philosophical, regulatory, constitutional, or technical aspect. Following this, investigations that would result in an actual change in public policy to further prevent or at least deter another reoccurrence of this action. The shooting of Unites States Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the massacre at the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre are two examples of incidents that should have led to the investigation of the downside of the current public policy with gun control. The debate of deciphering the 2nd amendment has and will always be an ongoing debate. While various federal laws have been enacted since 1934 to promote the regulation of firearms, each fifty states still have different laws according to the severity of restrictions condoned by citizens, and placed by the legislators. They’re then the plethora of laws that decipher the use and possession of these firearms. While the first law regulating gun control in 1791 and also the law that gains final ratification is the 2nd amendment in the Bill of Rights that 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. This also being the most argued and construed law of them all. Later in 1837 Georgia passed a law banning handguns. It was soon thrown out as being ruled unconstitutional. In a reaction to emancipation in 1865, several of the southern states adopted what is known as “black codes” which among many other things, ban black persons from possessing any firearms. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was organized in 1871 with a...
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