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Gun Control: Restricting Rights Article Review

… Guns are still a big problem in the United States. The events of December 2012, where a gunman entered an Elementary School and killed 27 people, 20 being school going children reignited the debate on gun control ("Guns and Gun Control," 2013). This unfortunate event caused the supporters of pro-gun laws e.g. The NRA come up with proposals that would see school guards being armed to prevent a recurrence of the same.

In January of 2013, President Obama called for tougher Congress-backed gun laws that would confront the escalating cases of gun violence and mass murders. In his submission, the president proposed a plan that would see the adoption of stringent background checks, prohibit the sale of assault rifles and tighten the noose on gun trafficking laws. The president further promised an increase in inter-agencies flow of information to ensure that illegal guns not are found in the hands of criminals ("Guns and Gun Control," 2013).

Aside from the president's commitment to Gun control, Governors and other State administrators have also moved to ensure that the escalating problem of gun violence is brought under control. For instance, Governor Cuomo of New York proposed a package of amendments to the gun laws that would see the expansion of State's ban on assault weapons. The amendments will also assure that individuals with mental impairments are not allowed possession of firearms. Gov. Malloy of Connecticut has also made a commitment to pursue the issue of gun control with a bias on school safety ("Guns and Gun Control," 2013).

Statistics indicate that more Republicans own gun than the Democrats do. This disparity in gun possession might be inspired by the fact that Republicans are more pro-gun than the Democrats. Gun possession is seen as a major predicator or determinant of one's political alignment. More pro-gun Bills are lined up for discussion, some proposing a law that will allow people to carry concealed weapons to virtually all places in the guise of self-defense.

Recommendations

From the discourse just ended, it is apparent that pro-gun laws are not ideal for the American people. This assertion has been arrived at after a careful look at the number of fatal gun violence and mass shootings that have been witnessed in the recent past. However, since the Second Amendment safeguards the right to possess a gun, I would move to recommend that stricter gun control laws be legislated and enforced ("Guns and Gun Control," 2013). There should be a complete ban on the possession of assault rifles. Parents should place their guns in secure places away from their children, and persons with a history of criminal tendencies or mental illness should not own a…… [read more]


For or Against Federal Gun Control Essay

… ¶ … Federal Gun Control

Gun control is one of the hot topics today in the U.S. Consequence of the recent events involving mass shootings, the government is seriously reconsidering its policy regarding this aspect and is trying to find… [read more]


Gun Control in NY State Term Paper

… ¶ … Gun Control in New York State:

The New York State law about gun registration before 1996 required an individual to apply for a handgun permit depending on various factors. This included residence or business permit, hunting and targeting… [read more]


Gun Control Laws and Regulations Research Paper

… However the NRA is of the contrary view. The advocates of NRA do not accept any relationship with the gun violence, massacre, and crime in relation to loose controls on guns in the country. The country is also facing multiple… [read more]


Second Amendment Should Be Sacrosanct Term Paper

… In Los Angeles however, a child who spending a year in jail for robbery stated that a handgun could be bought of the street for forty dollars. In about five years, since the enactment of the Brady Bill and Assault Weapons Ban in 1993, there have been nine "school massacres." To demonstrate that federal regulations are not enforced, even after the Brady Bill and regulations that keep schools gun free zones, 6,000 children were caught with guns at school in 1997 and 1998. Out of these, 13 were federally prosecuted. In 1997, in Pearl, Mississippi school massacre, sixteen-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed his mother to death and then proceeded to school where he shot nine students, killing two of them. An assistant principal, using a gun, stopped Woodham. The assistant principal kept the gun locked in his car outside the school zone and ran to his car to obtain the gun. The assistant principal controlled Woodham for four and a half minutes before the police arrived. (Skyran, 2003)

In 1988, The NRA developed a gun safety program for schoolchildren As of 1998, the program has reached about 10 million children. The goal of the program is to teach children what to do if they should encounter a firearm. The NRA advocates (during gun training) that the gun should be pointed in a safe direction whether loaded or unloaded. The finger should always be pointed off the trigger until ready to shoot. The guns should be unloaded unless the person was ready to shoot.

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitutions are documents that should be held sacred by all Americans. Indeed the contents of these documents have been held as beacons of freedom for countries all over the world. Much like arguments about the Bible, these documents have stood the test of time. Except for a few amendments, the wisdom of the founding fathers has had far-reaching consequences. This includes the right to bear arms. This right should be preserved. Or at least it should be debated in a non-biased manner where special interests and panderers are not allowed the only say in the matter. Thomas Jefferson quoted: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man" (Jefferson, 2003)

Bibliography

CNN. Columbine High School Incident. 1999. Cnn.com. Available:

http://www4.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/columbine.cd/frameset.exclude.html. July 16, 2004.

Constitution. Baron V. Baltimore. 2003. Constitution.org. Available:

http://www.constitution.org/ussc/032-243a.htm. July 16, 2004.

Guncite. Presser V. Illinois. 1886. Guncite.com. Available:

http://www.guncite.com/court/fed/sc/116us252.html.2003 July 15.

Hamilton, Alexander. Concerning the Militia: Federalist Papers No. 29. 2003. Memory.loc.gov. Available:

http://memory.loc.gov/const/fed/fed_29.html.2004 July 16.

House.gov. Amendments to the Constitution. 2003. House.gov. Available:

http://www.house.gov/Constitution/Amend.html.2004 July 16.

Jefferson, Thomas. Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government. 2003. Etext.lib.virginia.edu. Available:

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1500.htm#Arms.July 14, 2004.

Kellermann, Arthur L., et al. "Injuries Due to Firearms in Three Cities."… [read more]


Guns Control Gun Essay

… Lastly, gun control has the benefit of reduction in assault and domestic violence cases. These are common in family setups that experience frequent disagreements. In U.S., assaults and domestic violence are common and result in separation and divorce between couples.… [read more]


Gun Control Laws Research Paper

… " (Liptak, 2008, p.1) According to Professor Kleck, the "period it studied was too short and the suburbs were a poor point of reference. The place most like D.C. is Baltimore…It's a virtual twin city." (Liptak, 2008, p.1)

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The… [read more]


Gun Control in the U.S Term Paper

… ¶ … Gun Control in the U.S.

One of the controversial topics in the United States today is the issue of gun control. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms for self-defense. There is no doubt that the founding fathers of this nation had good reasons to pass the Second Amendment bill, but the circumstances have changed and the American realities today are different. The rate of homicides, including those involving guns, in the United States has reached frightening proportions. The right to carry guns should be allowed for law-abiding citizens but the regulation of gun possession must be stronger, otherwise the use of guns by deranged people who manage to kill human beings with guns will unfortunately continue.

The question of gun control has become an issue of utmost importance. It is important to decree a restrictive gun licensing system because the easy availability of guns leads to more deaths. The homicide and suicide rates in the United States are one of the highest in the world, and the highest in developed countries. Cross-country comparative studies, comparing the United States with countries that have similar political and social culture such as Canada, England, and New Zealand, have revealed that none of those have the same level of homicide and suicide rates (Hemenway). It is true that many of the homicides did not involve guns but it is also true that the availability of guns greatly increased the likelihood of deaths.

When the issue of gun control is raised, supporters of gun possession say that it is a constitutional right. They are right, but the Constitution was written over two hundred years ago and the founding fathers, as smart as they, could not have envisioned the realities of the twenty-first century. The Constitution remains our most cherished document but sometimes the Amendments might be needed to change its provisions. There is no need to make sentimental arguments, as some supporters of gun possession do, that the Constitution cannot be considered outdated. Yes, it can; otherwise, we would never have Amendments that ended slavery and permitted women to vote in national elections.

One of the most oft-repeated claims by gun supporters is that "guns don't kill people, people kill people." That statement is technically correct but is also overly simplistic. Guns do not kill people but they make it much easier to kill. There is no way Jareed Lee Loughner, responsible for shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011, would have been able to kill six people and wound Representative Giffords without guns. And there is no way the Norway terrorist who took the lives of seventy youth in the Utoya Camp last year in July would have been able to kill so many people with baseball bats of pocket knives (Blodget; Henigan). And there are too many cases when the availability of guns increases the risk of…… [read more]


Active Learning Term Paper

… Gun Control and First Amendment Issues

There are so many varied policies towards gun control here in the United States. It is in the basic fabric of the Constitution, under the Second Amendment, that Americans are allowed to own fire arms for their own protection. Yet, each state differs dramatically in terms of how that privilege should be regulated. There are a number of states which have very loose gun regulations, which allow their citizens to own a wider number of weapons and to carry concealed weapons. For instance, Texas and Arizona, among other states allow for individuals to file for a concealed weapons permit, were firearms do not have to brandished in the open. Many of these states also allow for semi-automatic and automatic weapons to be readily available to the public. Also, in a stat like Texas, there are laws which allow citizens to be very free in shooting their weapons at others if they are on the property. This is based on self-defense, but often has very questionable circumstances.

While on the other hand, some states, for example California and New York have very strict gun regulations. In the state of California, automatic weapons are banned completely, while hand guns are only provided to those individuals that undergo background checks and wait for a period of 10 days to receive clearance to own a fire arm. These states often have stricter gun regulation because of larger urban areas that have had immense trouble with gang violence that is associated with fire arms.

When examining both looser and stricter gun laws, I must say I tend to agree more with stricter gun regulation. It is important that fire arms do not get into the wrong hands, and so regulations like background checks and waiting periods make a lot of sense to me. I am not sure about banning particular weapons, but I definitely think there should be at least some sort of background check for every firearm sold legally.

Part II

There are a number of recommendations that would be made in regards to the designation of First Amendment Zones. First, these zones must be far enough away so that the protests do not disturb the events of the convention. Yet, it would be recommended not to sequester them too far, or to blockade them in with walls or other sort of barriers too much, as this has garnered harsh criticism in the past. The zones should be in plain view of the convention, but far enough away where the attendees are not disturbed entering or…… [read more]


Gun Control: Restricting Rights Research Paper

… The measures of procuring a gun are also equally to blame for the cases of gun violations. There are no clear guidelines as to who should own a gun (Spitzer, 2009). Moreover, when the person is buying a gun, the background checks on the buyer are not effective. Additionally, the period of waiting after ordering an arm is short to facilitate scrutiny of the gun buyer. In addition, the federal law is ambiguous since it does not set a minimum age for one to own a firearm. Therefore, these weaknesses in the constitution cause the call for the strict gun control by the liberals who are on the lookout for protecting the larger interests of the society.

However, the opposition of the gun control measures has the view that these laws will deny the people their individual rights. According to the American bill of rights, those in opposition of gun control argue that they have the right to secure their homes and property (Spitzer, 2009). Also, the people have right to possess an arm according to the Second Amendment. This is the first reason why the gun control is facing stiff challenges. The law itself allows for people to argue that their personal right is being restricted. They have the right to guard their possessions and own the arms, thus the reason they have the lee way to own guns.

Secondly, vested interests in the industry of ammunition such as National Rifle Association and other parties are of the view that their personal corporate rights to trade are being violated. This causes that not in favor of guns control to have access to the guns easily. Also, the making and involvement of government in regulating the guns is thwarted from these parties with vested interest in the industry (Nemerov, 2008). Moreover, the argument that people with guns can help to curb those with the thugs is also another reason. Those with guns argue that the thugs and those who cause these unnecessary shootings are the ones who ignore the present laws. Therefore, it is not fair to deprive them of their right because of a few elements that are negative.

The republicans and even democrats have tried to bring forth amendments that seek to regulate the guns ownership and access. Still, it is notable that nearly all of these proposed amendments never pass the test of the House due to political interests in the industry (Nemerov, 2008). The politicians have fallen into the quick gun violence solutions such as arming and deploying more police officers. This is not solution to the problem; the only effective measure is to ensure proper gun control laws. Moreover, the people need to understand that the rights of the larger society are more significant as compared to the rights of an individual. Therefore, the argument that gun control is interfering with their personal rights does not convince.

In conclusion, the implementation of gun control laws and their enactment is not a violation to the rights… [read more]


Gun Control vs. Crime Capstone Project

… In order to be able to get a better understanding of firearms and the degree to which they are available to the masses one needs to focus on types of firearms and the attitudes that the authorities put across them.… [read more]


1st and 2nd Amendments Term Paper

… ¶ … 2nd Amendments

First Amendment & Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Basically the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights reads: "Congress shall make no law" that restricts the right of American citizens to choose their religion and practice their religion, and Congress cannot pass laws that take away the right of free speech, or the right of the press to print whatever it wishes; and also the right of people to assemble peacefully to protest to the government cannot be restricted (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com).

The Second Amendment is short and to the point: "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" (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com).

TWO: (Reporters protecting sources) Recently the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that is supposed to ensure the right or reporters to protect their confidential sources. The vote was 398 to 21, and overwhelming victory for the legislators who wish to protect legitimate journalists from being thrown in jail for not disclosing where they obtained information that was used in the writing of their news reports, according to a story in USA Today (Abrams, 2007). The U.S. Senate has not taken up the issue yet.

Freedom of the press is fundamental to our democracy and it is fundamental to our security," said the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (Abrams, 2007). But the White House said it would veto the bill if it passes the Senate; the freedom that journalists have to report and protect their sources "could severely frustrate - and in some cases completely eviscerate - the ability to investigate acts of terrorism or threats to national security," Jim Abrams of AP writes. The bill was co-sponsored by a Republican (Mike Pence of Indiana) and a Democrat (Rick Boucher of Virginia); Pence said the legislation is not about "protecting reporters; it's about protecting the public's right to know." The issue has come up before Congress because over the past 3 years, more than 40 cases have come to light where reporters were ordered identify their sources or go to jail. One of the more high-profile cases of a reporter going to jail for refusing to reveal sources was Judith Miller, a journalist with the New York Times, who served 85 days in prison in the Valerie Plame Wilson CIA leak case.

TWO: (Separation of church and state) Recently the state of Illinois has allowed a "mandatory moment of silence" at the beginning of the day in its public schools; this has stirred the debate about the separation of church and state. The moment of silence was not necessarily for prayer, according to the sponsor of the legislation, Will Davis, who is quoted in the Boston Globe article as saying that offering an opportunity for kids to "...settle down at the beginning of…… [read more]


Gun Control Essay

… So there appears to be a political motive to gun control, just as there is a political motive to arguing against gun control.

This leaves us with a challenge in trying to determine whether we should stand on the side… [read more]


Gun Control as a Social Problem Research Proposal

… Gun Control as a Social Problem

A recent report in the Washington Post states the following:

More than 4,000 children and teenagers are killed by guns every year in the United States. That tragedy is drawing thousands of marchers to… [read more]


Gun Control and Crime in the Black Community Literature Review

… Gun Control and Crime

In the literature review, we will examine the impact that possible gun control laws could have on: the African-American community and violent crime rates. This will provide specific insights about how this could affect: homicide and fatality figures that are being reported.

The article that was written by Blumstein (2000), discusses the impact of various gun control laws during the 1990's on the crime rate. As they found, that they helped to: reduce the number of available weapons and they gave the police the tools; to effectively go after some of the most violent offenders. However, the author also discovered that this approach was effective, because it was used in conjunction with stiffer drug control laws. The information from this source is important, because it shows how various gun control laws were effective at addressing the rises in violent crimes within the African-American community.

The article that was written by Kwon (1997), talks about the impact that state and municipal gun control laws had on violent crime rates. They found that while they did have some effect, other factors played a major role that contributed to the decline. The most notable include: poverty levels, the unemployment rate and alcohol consumption. These different elements are important, because they are illustrating how there are other factors that will have an effect on the underlying unemployment rate. As a result, this information is useful in showing how these factors are playing role in gun related homicide rates.

The piece of literature that was written by Carter (2002), discusses the history of gun control laws. as, a variety of statues have been enacted to address the underlying problems with gun related violence. However, this has proven to be challenging for many advocates of gun control. With a host of organizations (such as the NRA) watering down: the legislation and enforcement (based on Second Amendment concerns). The information from this source is useful, because it illustrates the heated contention about any kind of: possible changes or stepped up enforcement standards of these laws. (Carter, 2002, pp. 308 -- 309)

The…… [read more]


Gun Control Debate Aside Term Paper

… Gun Control Debate

Aside from a very few other problems of contemporary import in American society, gun control ranks as one of the most hotly contested issues. From semantic arguments over the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to statistical… [read more]


Gun Control in the US Research Paper

… Our country obtained its independence with guns, kept its independence with guns, and weapons will perform an important move in maintaining our independence. Why would some incident in Chicago, Illinois warrant the banning of all guns that we have the right of using to safeguard ourselves? Lawfully they cannot. The attractiveness of the constitution is that it can be modified. The ancestors realized they could not anticipate the future, thus made the constitution a pliable document (Goss 70). The simple remedy is to change the constitution in order to curb the incidences that have occurred in recent times. Nevertheless, modern times still seem to be very suitable with weapons. There is no questioning that this discussion is very sensitive. Ultimately, people have to consider gun control a violation on self-defense, an overblown public anxiety, and most significantly of all, oppression against the law-abiding people of this great country.

Works Cited

Bruce, John M, & Clyde Wilcox. The Changing Politics of Gun Control. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. Print.

Carter, Gregg L. Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006. Internet resource.

Crooker, Constance E. Gun Control and Gun Rights. Westport (Conn.: Greenwood press, 2013. Print.

Goss, Kristin A. Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. Internet resource.

Lott, John R. More Guns, Less…… [read more]


Difficulty of Starting a Gun Control Debate Essay

… ¶ … difficulty of starting a gun control debate in the United States. At first blush, the topic itself seems ridiculous. Between the NRA and extremist groups on the left, one would assume that the United States already has a… [read more]


Gun Control Legislation Essay

… Consider what would happen if suddenly private citizens in America were no longer permitted to obtain or possess firearms legally. There would be social upheaval. There would be political upheaval. The country would be discontent. Consider the example of the… [read more]


Gun Control Is Not Effective Against Criminals Thesis

… Gun Control Is Not Effective Against Criminals

If criminals want guns, they will get them, whether there is a law against it or not. What gun control laws do is make it more difficult for ordinary citizens to obtain firearms… [read more]


Anti-Gun Control Term Paper

… Anti Gun Control

Despite Constitutional protection of the "right of the people to keep and bear arms" embedded in the Second Amendment, gun control remains a hotly debated political issue. As if the Constitution did not clearly state that the… [read more]


Controversial Topic of Gun Control in America Term Paper

… ¶ … Controversial topic of gun control in America [...] why tighter gun control laws are necessary and how to achieve these laws. Gun control is one of the most contentious arguments in America today. Proponents of gun control maintain… [read more]


Gun Ownership and Gun Control Term Paper

… (Youth Violence Statistics, Pg 2) In 2002, gang members were responsible for over three hundred homicides. (City Declares War on Gangs, Pg 2)

Gang culture - much like militia culture - revolves around respect for firearms. Gang members take a… [read more]


Gun Control Changed by Customer in Comments A-Level Outline Answer

… Gun Control

Changed by customer in comments

Public problem: Why gun laws need to be changed

Causes of the problem

A number of recent, highly-publicized incidents involving firearms, including the shooting at a movie theater in Colorado and the Sandy… [read more]


Gun Control, Including Counter Arguments Term Paper

… Another expert writes, "Three decades of polling have painted a clear picture of public opinion about gun control. These polls show that public support for the regulation of firearms is strong, deep, and widespread" (Smith, 2002). Many proponents believe gun… [read more]


Gun Control Is One of Today Thesis

… Gun control is one of today's more divisive political issues, and people on both sides of the issue have stereotypes about what types of people support and oppose gun control. Increasingly, the question of gun control has become politicized, with… [read more]


We Should Increasing Gun Control to Increase Safety Term Paper

… ¶ … Gun Control to Increase Safety

We Should Increase Gun Control to Increase Safety

The aim of this paper is to tackle the sensible topic of gun control and the individual approach to recur to violence in desperate times.… [read more]


Gun Control and the Supreme Court Term Paper

… ¶ … gun control and the Supreme Court. The writer explores the issues, debates and decisions as well as the constitutional applications. There were five sources used to complete this paper.

When authors of the United States constitution penned the… [read more]


Anti-Gun Control Term Paper

… Anti-Gun Control

Gun control is an issue of passionate debate in the United States. In fact, the issue stirs almost as much passion as the abortion issue. Both sides are adamant about their beliefs and rights. Both sides believe that… [read more]


Gun Control Term Paper

… To the founders of the United States, private citizens were vital to the freedom of the nation, and their right to be armed with firearms was an essential part of this right. Federalist Noah Weber wrote "supreme power in America… [read more]


Gun Control and Laws Regulating This Issue Term Paper

… Gun Control and laws regulating this issue in the United States have been a controversial topic of debate for more than a decade. Since the inception of extreme gun control laws during the end of the 1980's, the debate of… [read more]


Sensible Gun Control Laws an Analysis Term Paper

… ¶ … Sensible Gun Control Laws

An Analysis of the Need for More Sensible Gun Control Laws in the United States Today

Introduction common assertion heard among gun control opponents in the United States has been, "They will take my… [read more]


Gun Control Problems Term Paper

… 2.The federal government should aid and maintain state efforts to raise the standard and encourage consistency of state gun laws, along with intensification of achievement and enforcement.

3.At least, all state gun laws should be in harmony with the federal law. At present, this would mean a minimum age limit of 18 for ownership of any gun, and 21 for purchase of a handgun from a dealer.

4.All states should move in the direction of dependable rigid frameworks based on licensing of firearm owners and registration of guns. States should execute basic anti-trafficking measures, in particular one-gun-a-month laws.

5.States should close the ambiguity between the regulation of primary and secondary sales, by necessitating the same age limits and background assessments for new and used guns.

6.principal state legislators on the subject of gun violence prevention from all 50 states should form a countrywide network to organize efforts and develop model legislation.

7.Investigators should carry out well-designed studies to assess various gun laws and assess the role of completion and other factors in their effectiveness.

Conclusion

The dearth of firearms is not conflicting with orderly public life, nor is it an essential or an adequate condition of social peace. A condition can and sometimes does lend itself to disaster. Whether one deems the matter theoretically as one of theory or concretely as one of experience, universal disarmament is no more a hopeful road to public amity

The case for an armed citizenry is not to promote the project of making war on one's neighbor with arms but to oblige with one's neighbor in the use of arms. The Constitution's Second Amendment is unequivocally of this cast of mind. As the Supreme Court has accepted, the Second Amendment contemplates that the militia -- "all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense" -- will, when called, "appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time."(United States v. Miller)

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Briggs, B. Bruce. The Great American Gun War. PUBLIC INTEREST. 45 (1976).

Wright, James, Rossi, Peter and Daly, Kathleen. UNDER the GUN: WEAPONS, CRIME, and VIOLENCE in AMERICA Aldine Publishing Company (1983).

Scherer, Ron and Lafranchi, Howard. "New Gun Trade: Turning Them in" in: THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, 4 May 2000.

Vass, Nathan, "Extra time for gun crimes." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, Sydney 28 FEBUARY 1999.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, MEDIA RELEASE, 28. June (2000).

Olson, Joseph,…… [read more]


Gun Control Legislation Term Paper

… There are also several competitions throughout the country in bull's eye, bench rest, silhouette, practical pistol, trap and skeet, and other shooting sports. Men, women, older children, and even individuals with certain disabilities can enjoy these sports since shooting does not require much agility or physical strength. Even without formal competition, shooting can be enjoyed as a hobby. Recreational shooting may involve paper targets, tin cans, or other suitable targets. This hobby can be appreciate at indoor target range, but is typical practiced outdoors. In fact, shooting can often be combined with other enjoyable outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and sight seeing.

Throughout history, violence has overwhelmed the human race. Since ancient times the brawny has preyed on the weak and the meek. We have approved laws to protect society, but the violence continues. Laws attempt to change human deeds, but laws are not able to change human panorama. Laws are not enough to protect people from hostility. We must allow people the means to protect themselves. Protection is a major reason that about half of all Americans own a firearm. Everyone deserves to be safe, but not everyone has the physical ability to defend himself or herself. Firearms are the most effective tools used today for self-defense, but they are only useful if they are accessible.

Firearms can be dangerous in the wrong hand that is why I consider firearm training is important. The best training consists of parents passing on our firearm heritage, respect for people and property, and some common sense safety rules to their children. For many people this training will be enough. Formal firearms training courses, like Hunter Safety Courses and the course required to gain a concealed carry permit, are also very useful. These courses reinforce the fundamental safety rules that everyone who handles firearms should know. They also teach the legal requirements specific to hunting or self-defense, depending on the course. Society does benefit from firearms in the hands of responsible citizens. It is our responsibility to use them properly and safely.

A recognize that criminals have misused firearms, often with tragic results, but I must point out that only few individuals committed those crimes. We should punish the individuals who commit these crimes, and we should imprison those who pose a threat to society so that they do not have the chance to cause harm. Punishing law-abiding citizens by passing restrictive gun laws is erroneous. Guns are not the cause of this country's crime problem Criminals are. Effective crime control legislation must control criminals, not…… [read more]


Gun Controls "Studies Have Shown Term Paper

… Contrarily, such revelations findings recommend that high saturations of guns in places or something associated with that condition, have impediments to the illegal hostility. Gurr has revealed that handgun ban would criminalize much of the citizenry however, have little influence… [read more]


Stricter Gun Control Laws Term Paper

… The opposition however, is backed by the multibillion dollar enterprise of gun manufacturers who promote slogans such as: "Guns Don't Pull Their Own Triggers" and "Ted Kennedy's Car Has Killed More People Than My Gun."

Statistically 13 children die each and every day in America from gun violence. In family members of gun owners have a 22 times higher incidence of being harmed by that gun then being harmed by a possible intruder's gun.

For one to answer the question of the danger of guns in the hands of the general public one only has to look at the headlines (Cannon PG).

On Oct. 1, 1997, a teenaged killer in Pearl, Miss., was captured by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, who by chance had his.45-caliber pistol in his car. The following April, a 14-year-old in Edinboro, Pa., killed a science teacher and wounded several students at a school dance, but was held by James Strand, the owner of the hall, who subdued the youth at the point of a shotgun (Cannon PG)."

These and many other cases are becoming common place on American soil.

It is time to re-evaluate the laws about gun purchase, and ownership in this country. The constitution does talk about the right to bear arms but it was meant in the light of the nation arming itself against attack from other nations. Nowhere in the constitution does it mention individuals owning guns for the purpose of shooting others. Guns will never be completely eradicated, however the time has come to be tougher on who can purchase them and what they must do as owners (Senate PG). Trigger lock programs, gun safety education and extremely strict background checks are all things that need to be implemented and enforced daily when it comes to firearms in America. The gun owners who end up with accidental shootings in their home or family should face long prison terms with no possibility of early release. If gun control laws get stricter and are enforced with more consistency gun owners will become more responsible in their "right to bear arms." In addition any crime that is committed with the use of a loaded gun should carry a mandatory life sentence.

If these measures are strictly adhered to, the nation will see a decrease in gun violence.

Works Cited

MORE BACK GUN CONTROL SINCE MASSACRE, POLL FINDS.(News)(Statistical Data Included)

National Journal

GUN CONTROL: The Great Gun Divide

Byline: Carl M. Cannon

Section: GUN CONTROL

SENATE…… [read more]


Smith and Wesson Safety Reform Essay

… This agreement stripped Smith & Wesson from the list of defendants in 15 of the 30 lawsuits filed by several cities and the states of New York and Connecticut.

Reactions by the Primary Stakeholders

Smith & Wesson's signing of the agreement was viewed as a capitulation by the other gun manufacturers, who almost uniformly vowed to continue the fight against stricter gun control laws (Dao, 2000). The president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the largest gun maker trade association, predicted that Smith & Wesson would be the lone deserter. In contrast, the National Rifle Association, the largest organization representing gun owners in America, chose not to comment on the day the agreement was announced.

While gun makers, gun owners, and their lobbying organizations have vowed to boycott Smith & Wesson handguns, AG Spitzer countered this proposal by suggesting that states and large cities purchase firearms only from manufacturers who conform to the policy goals contained within the agreement (Dao, 2000). This is not an empty threat, since law enforcement personnel and agencies are responsible for 25% of all handgun purchases in the U.S.

A bit surprisingly, some gun control advocates were not overly thrilled with the agreement (Dao, 2000). Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center suggested that enforcing the background check provision of the agreement is next to impossible. Rand also mentioned a loophole that would permit Smith & Wesson to avoid incorporating technology preventing use by anyone other than the owner, by marketing a firearm as a collector's item. A Temple University law professor, David Kairys, would have felt better about the agreement if Smith & Wesson had been forced to turn over records believed to hold insights into disreputable marketing strategies.

Conclusions

Rarely does a gun manufacturer capitulate when pressured by advocates of gun control. The agreement signed between Smith & Wesson and the state of New York represented a truly remarkable event in the long history of conflict between gun owners, gun makers, and gun control advocates. While there may be problems with oversight and implementation of the agreement, the recognition by Smith & Wesson of the need to change gun designs and distribution policies represented a significant victory for advocates of gun control and victims of gun violence. The conflict between Smith & Wesson and the state of New York was thus resolved successfully, pending successful implementation of the agreement.

References

Dao, James. (2000, Mar. 18). Under legal siege, gun maker agrees to accept curbs. New York Times, pp. A1, A8. Retrieved 1 Feb. 2013 from http://www.nytimes.com/2000/03/18/us / under-legal-siege-gun-maker-agrees-to-accept-curbs.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm.

New York Attorney General Press Office. (2000). New York becomes first state to sue gun companies. AG.NY.gov.…… [read more]


Gun Control in the American Term Paper

… Kip was reported to have received from his father, Bill, a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol, one of the guns he had in possession when he went on his 'killing spree' in Thurston High. Clearly, Kip's father's toleration of his son owning a weapon contributed to his easy manipulation and accomplishment of a violent and deadly act (that is, killing innocent people, including his own parents). Also, mass media and the businesses who benefit from manufacturing and producing weapons, specifically guns, are also responsible for the proliferation of young Americans having easy access to weapons. Because mass media promotes violence and desensitizes the youth by advocating violence on TV, and businesses staunch supporters of the "youth gun culture," strict gun control sanctions and the dangers of gun use are not, or even ignored, by the youth.

Lastly, the legal system of the country regarding gun control is ineffective in implementing strict control of gun possession among individuals under the legal age of 18. An article by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) cited that the U.S. federal law does inhibit gun acquisition/purchase for individuals under the age of 18, but gun possession restrictions aren't the same in all states in the country. As was stated in the report, "possession of handguns and rifles by juveniles is regulated solely at the state level. In many states it is legal for juveniles to possess shotguns and rifles, although other states regulate or prohibit possession of long guns." Thus, through this statement, it is evident that the law regarding gun ownership, acquisition, possession is inadequate to fully implement a strict and legal gun control measures to prevent another episode of youth violence from happening again in the American society. In effect, the society and its institutions play a vital role in preventing or further accelerating the rapid increase of youth violence and inadequate gun control rules and measures in the country.

Works Cited

Navasky, Miri. "The Killer at Thurston High." PBS Online and FRONTLINE. 13 November 2002 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows.kinkel/.

Recruitment of Kids to the Gun Culture." Violence Policy Center Web site. 13 November 2002 http://www.vpc.org/studies/startcon.htm.… [read more]


2nd Amendment the Right to Bear Arms Term Paper

… Second Amendment Rights: A Discussion

The Second Amendment, while developed long ago, is still extremely relevant today as evidenced by the huge political and cultural firestorm created any time gun rights are put into question. We will take a look… [read more]


Current Controversy of 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Term Paper

… ¶ … gun control: why the Bill of Rights does not specifically allow everyone to carry firearms

Although one of the most frequently-cited arguments for prohibiting restrictions on firearms is the Second Amendment, in recent years even largely conservative Supreme Courts have been reluctant to interpret the Second Amendment as a firearm free-for-all. In fact, the Court has routinely denies to hear almost all Second Amendment cases that argue all citizens have an unlimited right to bear arms. "In 1983, for example, it let stand a 7th Circuit decision upholding an ordinance in Morton Grove, Illinois, which banned possession of handguns within its borders" ("Gun Control," ACLU, 2002).

The reason for this reluctance may be that unless the Constitution is interpreted to protect the individual's right to own every kind of arms available, there is no legally valid way to oppose even the most reasonable restrictions on handguns, like a waiting period. Also, theoretically, the term arms is not limited to guns, but could include "Uzis or semi-automatic rifles...even nuclear warheads" and weapons of mass destruction that the musket-touting militiamen of the Founding Father's day could never have dreamed of, except in science fiction ("Gun Control," ACLU, 2002). As soon as reasonable governmental regulation weapons to protect public safety are accepted, "we have broken the dam of Constitutional protection. Once that dam is broken, we are not talking about whether the government can constitutionally restrict arms, but rather what constitutes a reasonable restriction" ("Gun Control," ACLU, 2002)

The last U.S. Supreme Court case to address firearms restrictions was a 1939 case, "U.S. v. Miller," when the Court unanimously ruled "that the Second Amendment must be interpreted as intending to guarantee the state's right to maintain and train a militia," not for citizens to bear every kind of arm as an individual right ("Gun Control," ACLU, 2002). "In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a shotgun having a barrel of less than…… [read more]


We Should Abolish the 2nd Amendment Term Paper

… 2nd / Second Amendment

Why the 2nd Amendment Should be Abolished: An Economic Perspective

Hundreds and thousands of dollars have been spent in recent years arguing for or against the right of individuals to bear firearms. Gun control and related… [read more]


Public Problem Why Gun Laws Should Be Changed Literature Review

… Gun Control

Changing the Gun Laws: Literature Review and Recommendations

Recent events have highlighted the fact that the United States has a serious and unchecked gun violence problem. In December of 2012, Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old man with mental illness… [read more]


Gun Control Bringing the United Kingdom Essay

… Gun Control

Bringing the United Kingdom's gun laws to the United States: A policy case study

When President Barak Obama was a state senator in Illinois, and also during his years as a senator in the U.S. Congress, he supported… [read more]


Gun Control in the 21st Century Term Paper

… Gun Control

In the 21st century, the legislature should make the ability to bear arms a privilege instead of a right.

Whether American citizens should have the unfettered right to bear arms and own guns, has been one of the… [read more]


Gun Trafficking Term Paper

… ¶ … Gun Control and Gun Trafficking

The objective of this work is the research the relationship between gun control and gun trafficking in an argumentative style of work with the goal of persuading a college-educated audience of the consequences… [read more]


Guns Legislation and Information Term Paper

… Gun control has become a growingly controversial topic within national politics. Both gun control and gun rights advocacies have utilized and applied different rhetoric in explaining their platform. Gun control legislation has evolved during the past two decades, in some… [read more]


Land Without Guns: How Japan Article Review

… Afterwards, their family members are expected to hand it back to the authorities. Nonetheless, every rule has got a few exceptions. There are some Japanese citizens, though very few, who are permitted to legally buy short guns and air riffles. Nevertheless, the process is not easy as they have to undertake a whole day written exam and pass a shooting test in order to prove their competence. In addition, the police must verify that the applicant has no past criminal records or taken part in some extremist group. After receiving the gun, the owner must have it inspected once every year by the police and he or she must provide a written documentation about its location (Fisher, 2012).

The author acknowledges that cultural and historical differences could have played a big role in variations of laws relating to gun ownership. For instance, in America, gun ownership law starts from a premise that all citizens have a "right" to own a gun before narrowing down. On the other hand, in Japan, it is totally illegal for any citizen to own a gun. However, a few exceptions are permitted. In view of this, and in the wake of Obama's government lobbying to introduce laws restricting the ownership of firearms, it is undeniable that America needs to act expeditiously to save the vulnerable citizens.

In conclusion, this article by Fisher is very informative and a challenge to America as well as other nations still struggling with crimes related to illegal shooting. It is hard to trust a man with a gun. This is because you never know when he can get berserk and opt to vent his anger on the person in his proximity. Such was the case in Colorado - Aurora Movies Theater. Much can be said but the buck stops with the government.

Reference

Fisher, M.…… [read more]


Gun Control Is One of Today Essay

… Gun control is one of today's more divisive political issues, and people on both sides of the issue have stereotypes about the types of people who support and oppose gun control. Moreover, the gun control debate is a relatively recent… [read more]


Problems and Solutions Regarding the Gun Control Term Paper

… ¶ … Speaking Outline (Full text follows)

Attention Step:

One sunny day in March, at a gun store in Virginia, a young man named Cho Seung-hui walked into a gun shop. Despite having extensive documentation of mental difficulties at his college, Cho easily purchased what he desired. The end result? 33 dead on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Rapport Step:

Receipt Glock 9 mm pistol. Cho had committed no crime

Credibility Step:

According to CBS News, the gunman held eligible to buy a handgun ("More Gun Control? Don't Hold Your Breath," CBS News, 2007).

Preview Step: The time has come, after the tragedies of Virginia Tech and Columbine to create a safer society by making guns less available and more difficult to obtain in America.

Body

Describe the situation

Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol available only to police in virtually every other country, ("America's tragedy," the Economist, 2007)

Political motive Democrats lost the House of Representatives in 1994 shortly after passing an assault-weapons ban. ("America's tragedy," the Economist, 2007)

Transition) -- but the sanctity of life, not the sanctity of political advancement must determine the laws of the land

B. Evaluate the situation as a problem

1. There are 240 million guns in America, most handguns

2. Powerful guns made killing easer ("America's tragedy," the Economist, 2007). Need for checks.

Transition) 33 people might still be alive today, if it were not for this nation's liberal background check laws, and its willingness to allow its citizens, and non-citizens with Green Cards like Cho to buy almost any kind of weapon, over the counter like a candy bar.

C. Propose a solution

1. The assault-weapons ban must renewed, Can buy the weapon for a cost at less than a month's groceries -- only $379.99 ("America's tragedy," the Economist, 2007)

2. Also, there should be a waiting period before ANYONE can purchase a weapon.

Transition) Why are Americans so afraid to take the guns out of the hands of potential madmen -- is waiting that hard to buy a rifle? Is an automatic weapon really necessary for a civilian to have in the home?

Argue for the solution

Second Amendment as a defense, but the full wording of the speech is as thus: "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." The purpose of the Amendment is to allow the army to have firepower, not civilians.

III. Conclusion

A. Cowardly American Politicians

B. Review

For the sake of the Virginia Tech victims and the future safety of the nation.…… [read more]


1st and 2nd Amendment Term Paper

… ¶ … 2nd Amendments

According to the United States Constitution, the First Amendment, ratified on December 15, 1791, declares "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," meaning that the American government cannot support nor encourage the belief or practice of any religion; that the freedom of speech and the press cannot be restricted nor taken away, and that American citizens have the right meet in peace and ask the U.S. government to explain any and all inconsistencies in policy. The Second Amendment, ratified on the same date, declares "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," meaning that a militia (organized armed forces or able-bodied male citizens subject to military service) and the American public cannot be restrained from owning firearms.

In today's America, both of these amendments have come under much attack and are linked to numerous social and political controversies. In the case of the 1st Amendment, many current politicians, especially those in the Republican Party and serving in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, highly endorse Christianity as the religion of the United States via the suggestion that the "Founding Fathers" were Christians. Also, certain monuments have been erected in government buildings that advocate Christianity, the most recent example being a court house that contained a monument of the Ten Commandments which after some legal maneuverings was removed. Although the 1st Amendment forbids Congress and its members from endorsing any…… [read more]


Regulated Militia, Being Necessary Term Paper

… Regardless of his assumptions he takes on a scholarly tone which reads as if he has a great deal of knowledge on the subject. One feels that his didactic tone is appropriate and educational.

The second article is a transcript from an address made by John Ashcroft to a Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the second amendment and the responsibility of the people to own firearms. Ashcroft makes a compelling argument that the framers of the constitution knew exactly what they were doing when developing the second amendment. He points out that a populace that is armed is a populace that will have the right to free speech and democracy. He identifies reasons for historical gun ownership including fear of the government and great distances between settlements and law enforcement. And lastly, Ashcroft identifies a number of reasons that one should own a gun in today's society. Among these he lists empowerment and responsibility. In his speech, Ashcroft said, "anyone who has fired a gun knows the awesome feeling of responsibility and empowerment that comes with it." He continues, stating, "gun ownership also fills an individual with a sense of responsibility and of the need to ensure public safety through the proper use of firearms."

The Ashcroft article is not as concise as the first article. Ashcroft has a great deal on his mind concerning gun ownership and the result is that some elements of his argument become muddled. He lists great distances and fear of tyranny as reasons for gun ownership. The distances he talks of don't exist anymore and modern tyrannical governments tend to have trained soldiers that could easily defeat armed citizens (1). It is not until he begins to talk of personal responsibility that his argument becomes fluid. His belief that one should have the ability to protect family and to understand the complex responsibilities of gun ownership are intelligent and enlightened.

One thing that both Ashcroft and Claus agree on is that gun ownership is a right which is rife with responsibility. To own a gun is to be responsible for the weapon and one's own actions with said weapon. Gun control is not about to go away. Indeed, it will come back with a vengeance next time there is a massacre or a school shooting. It is important to filter these incidents through reality. Those who are involved in this type of action are not responsible gun owners. In many cases they are not even legal gun owners. To keep guns out of the hands of criminals, those who own firearms must be responsible for them. They must also be responsible for educating family and friends about both the advantages and dangers involved in gun ownership. Handling a loaded firearm is a tremendous responsibility. If the public wishes to continue to have this right, responsibility is paramount. It is those who are not responsible gun owners who threaten the second amendment the most.

Works Cited

1) North, Gary. "Gun Ownership in Iraq." Lew Rockwell. 7… [read more]


Gun Control Legislation the Availability Essay

… Retrieved from Government Printing Office website:

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf

Koper, C.S. (2007). Crime gun risk factors: buyer, seller, firearm, and transaction characteristics associated with gun trafficking and criminal gun use. Report to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 1-31. Retrieved

from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/221074.pdf

Lemstra, M.E., Nielsen, G., Rogers, M.R., Thompson, A.T., & Moraros, J.S. (2012). Risk indicators and outcomes assoicated with bullying in youth aged 9-15 years. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 103(1), 9-13.

Lupkin, S. (2013, September 19). U.S. has more guns -- and gun deaths -- than any other country, study finds. ABC News. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/09/19/u-s-has-more-guns-and-gun-deaths-than-

any-other-country-study-finds/

Martosko, D. (2012, December 15). After school massacre, 100,000 americans petition white house for gun control. The Daily Caller. Retrieved from http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/15/after-school-massacre-100000-americans-petition- white-house-for-gun-control/

Perkinson, A. (2013, January 16). What's in obama's gun control proposal. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/16/us/obama-gun-control- proposal.html?_r=0

U.S. Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics, (2011). Nonfatal firearm violence,

1993-2011, special tabulation from the bureau of justice statistics' national crime victimization survey, provided to national institute of justice.

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2nd Amendment to U.S. Constitution Essay

… In the matter of District of Columbia, Et Al., Petitioners v. Dick Anthony Heller, brought before the Court by Heller, the Court overturned the District of Columbia legislation that had prevented Heller from registering a handgun to keep in his home.

This paper reviews and critiques the decision by the Court majority and the dissenting opinion of two justices. Moreover, it brings into the discussion legal opinions by scholars on the specific case at hand. The High Court had not considered the 2nd Amendment in almost seventy years hence, all eyes -- not just gun owners and gun rights advocates like the National Rifle Association -- were on this decision.

District of Columbia v. Heller

"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" (2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution).

This case stemmed from a suit brought by Anthony Heller; he was a special policeman bucking up against the District of Columbia's (DC) gun laws. The DC law -- put into place because of the high rate of gun violence and gun murders -- required residents to keep "…lawfully owned firearms unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device" (law.cornell, 2007). In an attempt to get a permit to have a handgun, Heller applied to the DC police chief and was turned down. Hence the suit -- on Second Amendment grounds -- which was dismissed by the District Court, but reversed by the DC Circuit Court. The case ended up in the Supreme Court and the majority opinion was issued by Justice Anthony Scalia.

Justice Scalia's Opinion

In Scalia's delivery of the… [read more]


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… Philosophy required in high school? Gun control?; Stem cells receiving federal support?

To be alive is to be a philosopher. Of course, young children famously pester their parents 'why is the sky blue?' But even the tiniest toddlers also ask… [read more]


English 103 Critical Thinking and Composition Essay

… English Literature

Gun Control

The debate over whether people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons has been going on for a long time. In the article by Sarah Thompson her point-of-view is that anyone should be able to carry… [read more]

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