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The History of Gun Control in the United States - ... Second Amendment rights are the foundation on which the discussion rests (Trotter). Background checks are another way to control the flow of guns in the United States. Background check can be harmful or helpful. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 mandates such checks. In November 1998, the FBI unveiled the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Using this electronic system, federally licensed gun dealers can perform and instant background check on anyone trying to purchase a firearm....   [tags: the right to bear arms, 2nd ammendment]
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The Fight for a New Gun-Control Law - The devastating 1999 Columbine High School shooting caused grief and anger among the United States citizens and politicians. This horrifying tragedy that resulted in the death of thirteen innocent victims turned the spotlight on the country’s gun-control law. Last March 22, 2013, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced Senate Bill 649 or what is called the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 that “ensure[s] that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, and for other purposes” (S.649)....   [tags: legislature, politics, bill]
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Analysis of Argument: Gun Control in America - Aroung the time of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the controversial and widely argued issue of gun control sparked and set fire across America. In the past decade however, it has become one of the hottest topics in the nation. Due to many recent shootings, including the well known Sandy Hook Elementary school, Columbine High School, Aurora movie theater, and Virginia Tech, together totaling 87 deaths, many people are beginning to push for nationwide gun control. An article published in the Chicago Tribune by Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins, entitled “Gun Control is Long Overdue” voiced the opinion that in order for America to remain the land of the free, we must take action in th...   [tags: Senator Jacqueline Collins ]
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Gun Control: The Prevention of Mass Shootings - ... The very same principle can be applied to all criminals- how can criminals be stopped while they are being sold all the murderous tools they need. Gun control has had a long history of wins and losses between the US government and organizations like the NRA. Gun laws in the US began in 1934 with the National Firearms Act of 1934, in response to new gun technology like machine guns, silencers, and short-barreled guns (Crooker 87). This law, still in place, did not ban any type of gun, but required a $200 transfer fee, a photo, set of fingerprints, and weapon identification to the US Treasury....   [tags: history, war, hunting, ]
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The Need for Stricter Gun Control Laws - ... He killed his mother in their own home and then proceeded to break into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut and shot at innocent teachers and children. Twenty of the people he killed were under the age of ten. Sandy Hook reminded Americans of the Columbine High School massacre, another school shooting that took place in Colorado, 13 years before Sandy Hook, which resulted in thirteen casualties. Due to the lack of gun control, these two incidents did not only ruin the lives of victims killed, but the lives of all of their families and friends as well....   [tags: homicide, weapons, massacres] 1600 words
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The Issue of Stricter Gun Control Laws - The issue of stricter gun control laws is an on-going battle that continues to be debated at both the local and federal levels. Regardless of one’s viewpoint on the matter, this subject makes for a very passionate debate on both sides. At question is whether or not stricter laws and regulations help reduce the number of gun-related crimes. Obviously, the answers vary greatly depending on the strongly held viewpoint of the responders. Often, horrible gun-related crimes are committed by people who do not value human life, which translates to mental issues....   [tags: mass shootings, perpetrators]
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Gun Advocates! The Crème of the Crop of Americans - Have you been told repeatedly that something is really dangerous. Have you been told to stay away and perhaps report things that seem risky. Have you learned that those things as time goes on aren’t as jeopardizing and are even beneficial to people. Gun ownership is an example of things that may seem threatening, but really isn’t. Legalizing gun ownership reduces the crime rate dramatically, is a Second Amendment right in the Constitution, and helps control animal populations from exploding out of control....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive, gun control]
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The Need for Stricter Gun Control Laws - ... Even all these gun control laws don't stop felons from getting guns. Many people still get guns illegally. Many accidents or suicide still happen from guns. Are there any alternatives to protecting yourself. Guns are dangerous and not needed for a first world country like the U.S. Criminals get guns in many untold ways. The first is straw purchases. How criminals get guns from straw purchases is a friend or family member buy’s the gun with a clean background check and gives it to the criminal....   [tags: shootings, safety, suicide] 557 words
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Gun Control: Are Guns Really The Problem? - Gun control is a very controversial topic, but banning every gun will not stop all the shootings that occur. Gun control can go in either direction of the debate. There is something that needs to be done to try to reduce as many shootings as possible, whether it is background checks for every gun purchase or required classes after buying a firearm. Banning every weapon, though that is classified as an “assault” rifle or has a magazine that carries more than ten rounds is not fair to gun lovers who have never done anything wrong in their lives....   [tags: Controversial Topic, Shootings, Violence]
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Private Gun Ownership Should NOT be Banned - Would you choose to own a gun if your life depended on it. America has defended itself with guns since December 13, 1631 when the National Guard was born. We are a country that defends what we love. What do we defend ourselves with. Guns of course. Guns and America were discovered around the same time. Guns will forever be a part of America. Without guns the American Revolution would not have been won (Boehm). There have been some times in American history where guns have caused the loss of innocent Americans lives due to an unstable person, but there have also been multiple times where guns have defended each and every American’s freedom....   [tags: gun control laws]
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Gun Control Does Not Reduce Crime - In the United States there are many issues under hot debate. Some people are so set in their belief on a subject that they won’t even consider an opposing argument. Gun control is third on the list of subjects in which people are not willing to listen to the opposition’s argument. One side of the gun control argument is that we need more gun control. The opposing side says we don’t need stronger laws, or we need fewer laws. My stand on the argument is that we do not need stronger gun control laws....   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays]
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Two Extreme Views on Gun Control - Take away all registered guns in America and abolish the second amendment and now America is the least violent country in the world. That’s the opposite of what my family NRA (National Rifle Association) card holding friend would say he simply disagrees. (Babcock) “You would leave the general American public defenseless against all the criminals that would still possess firearms.” (Babcock). It’s an obvious problem facing the American society today. “America is the most violent nation in the Western World” (Strahinich 23)....   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays]
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Gun Use Must Be Strictly Regulated - Human life is priceless and cannot be exchanged. With logic, one can conclude that any action taken to steal a human’s life must be forced out of the community that we live in. Drugs, guns, and alcohol are all detrimental to human beings. Among them all, however, guns are known to have the most direct impact on human lives. Many murders have been made, many threats, and suicides. Many cases have been able to take place because of guns. Therefore, gun control must definitely take place in the society that we live in today....   [tags: Gun Control, Persuasive Essays] 772 words
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Gun Control Laws Should be Tightened - According to James Madison in his Federalist Papers, “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms,” (Raymond). Madison may be correct about Americans having more rights than many other countries, but sometimes the government has too much trust in the American people. Taking away all privately owned guns does not solve anything because doing so would consequentially create a communist state....   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays]
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Gun Control Does Not Reduce Crime - Gun laws are a subject many people feel strongly about, and as with any subject people feel strongly about there are no shortage of data and statistics that seem to support either side. I decided to look into any correlation I could find between gun laws and deaths in the US. Just like with political parties and deficit spending I didn't really have any expectations, but would probably guess that there wasn't much correlation. Before I go any further I'll pretend like it is necessary to give a brief background on my stance on guns in general....   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays] 1206 words
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Gun Laws Decrease Violence - ... They also seem to believe there is not solution. If these leaders are telling that to their people, most, if not all of them are going to agree, and therefore more guns will end up being brought into the streets. Jeffery then talks about whether or not guns on college campuses are a solution or a bigger problem. Colorado State University lifted their ban on concealed weapons in 2003, and former sheriff James Alderden has noticed a significant drop in crime since then. He closes up by stating that “The ideology of gun-ownership absolutism doesn’t appeal to me....   [tags: Robert McCartney, gun control]
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Gun Violence in Missouri - ... Missouri is not being very strict about these gun laws, and it is hurting us in the social look from other states, and making us seem like a state that doesn’t care. We need to take control of these gun laws to make Missouri a safer place. To begin, Missouri is one of the worst states for gun control laws. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Missouri an F for gun violence, and out of all the states“Missouri ranked 39th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.” (“Missouri State Law Summary.”) The thing is, that Missouri HAS disallowed the permit to purchase, the registration, and the licensing to owners of all guns....   [tags: state gun control laws] 649 words
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A Case Against Government Gun Control - America is changing, the country that once was based on religious ideas is slowly becoming history, to the point that we can lose all traces of the America that was founded in 1776. As the days continue there is a continuous battle over the public possessing guns. A large portion believes and supports laws preventing civilians from owning military style rifles. With the growing support, these supports are trying to get guns all together out of the hands of people. With the recent mass shootings, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Colorado, and Virginia Tech, causing big support of these laws, many people fear that losing guns to the government will allow for criminals to do anything they want because civil...   [tags: the right to bear arms, personal safety] 1311 words
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Gun Control in the United States - The second amendment gives people the right to own a firearm. The founding fathers might have thought a gun was the best form of protection but many years have past since then and humans have evolved. Times are different and society is different. Technology has a big impact on people and how we think and all those variables can affect people with how they react in stressful situations. We have to consider the mental stability of those in possession of the weapons, it is important to keep the weapon away from loved ones or other people, and is the law protecting those in possession of the weapons or putting lives in more danger....   [tags: second amendment,firearm, weapon license]
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Gun Rights and Freedom - I have had guns in my life since I was young. I served eight years in the military, and have shot in competitions for many years. I also love the outdoors, and enjoy the ability to put food on the table that is natural. I think the reasons for keeping the right to bear arms are so important that if the American people lost that right; it would mean life changes that many would be unwilling to make. The Bill of Rights are a set of laws, which includes the 2nd Amendment, which helps secure the public's freedoms....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive, gun control]
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Put 'em Back in the Holster: Why We Need Gun Control - ... The Washington Post writes, “While shooting tragedies dominate the news when they occur, eliminating gun violence is relatively low on the totem pole for most American’s.” (Aaron Blake) (2013). Reading this post makes it unbelievable, because every other reliable news source reports differently; Americans are forming an united front against gun control laws and the NRA; stating the NRA and gun owners hide behind an out dated amendment that has no use today as proof of their right to bear arms....   [tags: revision of gun law in the US]
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Gun Control: A Well Regulated Militia - Imagine a government that doesn’t allow you to buy weapons even if you are an outstanding citizen. That’s the way a lot of Chicago land citizens may feel sometimes, due to the Chicago laws that prohibit citizens from owning handguns within the city limits. Even though the founding fathers gave us the certain unalienable rights to do so, the states and the national government finds loop holes what they have created so they can go around the bill of rights. We will be going over the amendments that I believe are the most important within the bill of rights....   [tags: freedom, religion, speech, bear arms]
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Enforcing Stricter Gun Control Laws - ... If such events were to happen and the civilian populace was unarmed, the government would be free to do anything it wants due to the civilians not being able to resist. Legislators need to realize what a threat gun control is to liberty and the fact that even though our rights are guaranteed by the constitution, it does not enforce anything. Guns do. As James Madison had said “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” This shows how we have the security of knowing we are safe from tyranny as long as we are armed....   [tags: prevent crime, black market] 2048 words
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How Gun Control Affects Us All - The United States wants to embrace its right to bear arm, but manage it in a way as to not affect the rights of the people. Elected officials have their work cut out for them because, as it stands right now, the changes that have been made have not stopped people from committing mass shootings and using guns in violent crimes. Recent incidents of violent gun crimes present a need to address laws pertaining to self-defense, background checks, and Second Amendment rights, without affecting the economy....   [tags: second amendment, gun owners]
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Controversy Over Gun Control Laws - ... If so, why haven’t they passed a bill on the federal level that makes background checks mandatory for every type of sale of firearms in the US already. Well one of the reasons why is that a lot of the public does not see gun control as the right way to prevent mass shootings. Only 25% of Americans believe that by having stricter gun control laws and enforcing the law to its full extent would be the key to preventing massacres. That was second to mental health screenings, at 30%, and just ahead of moral and religious teaching, at 20%....   [tags: shootings, background, criminal] 1163 words
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Gun Control: Less Government Restrictions - A New Jersey woman told police of how two men tried to open her front doors of her car at the same time. In the driver seat she reached for her gun, pulled it out and screamed. The two men fled the scene. “On Feb. 3, 1997 outside a bar in Mexico a female used a gun to stop a man from raping her" (Gale 88). A college park woman shot and killed an armed assailant who tried to car-jack her in her van with her 1 year old daughter inside. These and many other examples are of how and when handguns can save your life....   [tags: stricker, guns, handguns, protect] 1856 words
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Public Policy Analysis: Gun Control - Public policies are developed in response to the existence of a perceived problem or an opportunity. The analysis delves into a public issue or problem and assesses a set of proposed government action for addressing the issue. The job of the analyst is to describe the background and status of an issue and then, using research and analysis, determine a proper government action to resolve the issue. By comparing options and weighing their expected benefits, the analyst should conclude with a recommended course of action or inaction to addressing the issue....   [tags: Informative Essay, Political Science]
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Three Reasons Against Gun Control - A controversial subject in America today is gun control; should there be or should there not be. I do not know the answer to this question, but I do have an opinion as most citizen of our country. All trough our history guns have been used for the good of the people, and on the other hand, they have been used for the not so good of the people; however, as with most things there is a good use and a bad use. I believe the good uses out weigh the bad uses in this case. In this essay I am going to discuss three reasons I am against gun control: one being it is our constitutional right to bear arms, two every citizen should have the right to protect themselves, their family, and their property, a...   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays] 649 words
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The Great Gun Control Debate - Since its creation the firearm has served as man’s best means of self preservation, has helped in the expansion of frontiers, and has served to help many, including Americans, to secure and enforce their rights and maintain democracy. Even today our military uses firepower to prevent the spread of tyranny throughout the world. We refer to our troops as “armed forces” and the necessity of maintaining our firepower has been recognized throughout the human history, which the firearm has helped to shape....   [tags: Argumentative Essays, Persuasive Essays]
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Gun Control: Regulating Concealed Guns - ... Of course, criminals and murderers might find knives or clubs a poor alternative to firearms. However, the weak citizens would feel completely unprotected and unable to defend themselves against any kind of assault (Lott, 2013, p. 11). So, it may be concluded that gun ownership influences much of the decrease in gun violence and crime rates. It is very interesting and instructive to follow to what extent such an influence is possible. Lott (2013) argues that most criminals care about self-preservation, and handguns, in this case, can become a powerful deterrent....   [tags: hand guns, violence reduction] 1035 words
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Who is in Control? - Can strict gun laws keep guns out of criminal hands. Maybe the question should be can strict gun laws prevent criminals from committing violent crimes. The only answer to that would be that it wouldn't. Firearms and the movement to ban firearms has become a thriving issue in not only America, but all around the world. In Molly Ivin's essay “Get a knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of the Guns”, she suggests the adoption of stricter gun laws, the same laws that are currently enforced in Europe (Irvin )....   [tags: Gun Control, Weapons, Crime] 960 words
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Non-Rewarding Efforts of Gun Control - Why is it that the people who have never used a gun or know how to are the ones trying to explain them and are making the rules about gun control. The reason behind this is that the people making the laws do not think that the laws also apply to themselves, just everyone else. Although many people have never held or operated a firearm, many citizens only see guns as dangerous, bad or worthless; however, they are, in fact, very useful, protective, and extremely valuable. These false views of firearms have formed due to violent crimes committed with firearms....   [tags: the right to bear arms]
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Gun Control: Does Having a Gun Reduce Crime? - ... The majority of guns that are sold legally are long guns like shot guns and rifles which are not generally the weapon of choice for someone who wants to kill mass amounts of people. These long guns are used for skeet shooting, hunting, or simply target practice. Where is the harm in that. Most of our police officers today believe that the banning of guns and even semi automatic assault rifles would do nothing good for the American people. Most police believe it would have a negative affect on American society....   [tags: second amendment, weapons] 776 words
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The Secret to Stopping Gun Violence in its Tracks - ... In reality, being able to avoid such procedures is what is causing problems with the people who use such weapons to commit crimes. It is said that “93 percent of the guns obtained by violent criminals are not obtained through the lawful purchase” (Snyder 1). That in order to stop horrible gun related crimes from taking place, measures such as universal background checks need to be a requirement to own any type of weapon, whether it be a simple hand held gun, or an assault weapon that can fire a high speed of bullets at once, without having to reload....   [tags: prooposed gun control] 1401 words
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The Right to Own a Gun is a Constitutional Privilege that Need Not be Regulated - “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns”. This argument has been tried throughout the years, as tragedies from assassinations to school shootings have become the focal point of national concern. The Constitution grants American’s the right to bear arms, but over the years these rights have become infringed as new laws are passed in response to specific acts that call for new safety measures. But at this point in time, because of the already instated acts, enough measures have been taken to legally prevent criminals from obtaining guns....   [tags: gun control, argumentative, persuasive] 1245 words
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The Role of Naturalism and Rationalism in American and British Gun Policy - Although they may not be aware of it, complex philosophic principles influence the simple actions of the mass’s everyday lives. In fact, long lasting and well defined contentions of basic philosophy concerning the actions of human beings has not only affected individuals, but also entire countries. Some of the greatest nations on Earth have been formed around key thoughts and opinions of several great philosophers. Primarily amongst these, however, or John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, both of whom wrote on “The State of Nature”, or the state of absolute freedom....   [tags: Gun Control Laws] 753 words
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Gun Control in the United States - According to Vital Statistics, in 2009 there were 554 adults that unintentionally shot and killed him or her selves. At the same time, 112 juveniles accidentally did the same thing (Congressional Digest 4). And “according to BJS, NVCS data from 1987 to 1992 indicated that in each of those years, roughly 62,000 victims of violent crime (1 percent of all victims of such crimes) used guns to defend themselves. Another 20,000 persons each year used guns to defend their property” (Congressional Digest 5)....   [tags: the right tosafety in America] 1221 words
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Gun Control in the United States - Weapons have been a big problem to the United States for many years now. People have access to many weapons just as easy as the US Military does. The people of the US can both go to a gun store and buy a weapon at the age of sixteen, or they can make a deal with anyone in the streets of the US. Because of the accessibility to weapons, Americans can cause collateral damage in the neighborhood they live in. They can also commit robbery, or go anywhere and start shooting. One problem that happened on April 9, 2014 is that a male sixteen-year-old student went on a stabbing and slashing spree with two knives at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh....   [tags: Weapons, Guns, United States]
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The Gun Control Debate Continues - In today’s society it’s easy to find something in a newspaper, magazine, or on television that portrays the scrutiny of guns in the home. While reading or viewing such opinions it can possibly influence one to see issues in a particular way. It is not my goal to persuade you to lean in a specific direction but to see the issue from different angles. When viewing both arguments you are faced with reflecting on your own opinion and possibly agreeing more firmly with your own choice or changing your outlook and coming across the subject in a new way....   [tags: Informative Essay]
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Taking a Look at Gun Control - ... We know that our national security is definitely, extremely dynamic and well trained. I will ensure that our national security has the equipment and training that they need. The people who serve in our national security shall receive care, as well as their families. As everyone knows terrorism has become quiet the issue. Terrorism prevention is extremely important and vital. We need to invest a lot of money into sharing information and intelligence with our allies in order to prevent a terrorist attack....   [tags: the right to defend yourself] 1216 words
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Gun Control Necessary or Unneeded - In 1791, the constitution of the United States was ratified. The second amendment of the constitution 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,” (NATIONAL Instant Criminal Background Check System, 2013). In today’s day and age firearms have developed into an excellent source of protection for citizens far and wide. Securing a concealed weapon or a gun at home can save not only your life but, the lives of innocent people around you....   [tags: second ammendment to the Constitution]
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Crime Reduction and Gun Control - CRIME REDUCTION Missouri crime is on the decline and the statistics are piling up to prove it. People are becoming educated and more aware of crime. Capt. Hull of the Missouri State Patrol shed some light on the matter. “There were 162 reports in 2012 where a weapon was used in a situation that was reported,” Hull said. “In 2013, that dropped to 116 incidents. It has to be a new program that the Columbia PD has implemented.” In 2012, the Columbia Police implemented a Ceasefire Initiative to curb crimes that involved weapons....   [tags: weapon, firearm, safety] 596 words
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Individual Rights and Gun Control - One of the safest yet deadliest tools available to the common man, guns have shown to be protectors in times of need and killers in the hands of wrongdoers. A newly proposed bill, House File 163 aims to limit the ability of criminals to commit crime by limiting the maximum amount of ammunition that a magazine can contain. Due to the gravity of the subject, many Iowans agree that limiting magazine size and gun use is the answer, while others argue that this is unconstitutional and will prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves....   [tags: shootings, killers, wrongdoers]
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Gun Control Is Not Crime Control - Gun Control is not Crime Control Americans are faced with an ever-increasing problem of violence. The streets of America are now a war zone. Teenage gangsters murder one another for drug territory, and innocent victims are caught in the crossfire. However, most recent and most abhorrent, is our children are killing one another. They are killing with extreme prejudice. Our children are killing, exhibiting little or no remorse for lives they have taken. We cannot ignore the carnage our society endures due to the criminal behavior of a minority, obviously lacking the basic moral behavior regarding human life....   [tags: Second Amendment The Right To Bear Arms] 945 words
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Gun Laws In The State of Georgia - Georgia has many gun laws, which help protect the state and the people in the state. The laws range from having a permit to carry a hand gun, where you cannot carry a handgun, what kind of guns you can carry without having a firearm permit, what age someone can buy a gun. The second amendment gives us the right to bear arms not just in the state of Georgia but it gives us the right everywhere. Georgia also has a law about the possession of people with guns who was involved in a crime, minors with the possession of handguns, and possession of dangerous weapons and the possession of a firearm under the influence in the state....   [tags: Gun Control Essays]
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Gun Law Reforms - ... Lives can be saved if guns are restricted from the wrong hands. The Supreme Court has ruled one of many gun law reformations, cited by Supreme Court decision District of Columbia v. Heller, which reiterated the right to bear arms is far from unlimited. (ThinkProcess) In the year since Newton shootings, 39 state laws have tightened restrictions on guns, but 79 states have loosened them. (Associated Press) Many lives can be saved if tragedies are prevented because of the reformation of gun laws....   [tags: gun control, firearms]
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Gun Control Controls Nothing - More and more frequently, we are saddened by the news of mass shootings. Whether it takes place in a school or public area, these shootings are both disastrous and mortifying. Families begin to feel anger and sadness, and demand immediate justice. Although these terrible events continue to happen, there have been no significant steps taken towards the reduction in the number of weapons; specifically assault rifles. This leads one to question do we need to ban the right to possess such weapons. If the possession of these weapons is not made illegal, we run the risk of another attack....   [tags: ban on assault rifles]
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Government Control of Weapons - Government Control of Weapons “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 United States Constitution Amendment 2). Since the beginning of time, weapons have been known to be a crucial factor in the survival of civilizations. In the current time, government involvement in the area of guns and weapons has been a debate among many. Within the United States, all citizens have their fundamental rights....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive, gun control]
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Pulling the Trigger on Gun Rights - Guns have been in the public’s hands for over a thousand years. Firearms have been used to hunt, to protect, settle differences, and win wars. Today the government is trying to find ways to revoke the 2nd amendment, so that only the police and military can carry guns. The second amendment is the individual right to keep and bear arms. This push to eliminate society from having guns in their possession is said to protect citizens. Pro-gun citizens are upset that the government is trying to take away their guns, because it would be harder to protect them-selves from people that get guns illegally or use their guns to harm others....   [tags: gun control, government, firearms]
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Has Your Voice About Gun Safety Been Stolen? - The questions that surround the issues of gun safety have resurfaced again since the recent shootings in Arizona. (Luo) Are background checks enough to help prevent shooting violence. Do guns that have the capacity to fire several rounds without having to reload have any influence on the number of deaths that occur due to shootings. Should mental health be screened further as a preventative safety measure. It is suggested that perhaps we the American people will never know. According to scientists and former government officials that were part of the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, which is a division of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the answers to these q...   [tags: argumentative, persuasive, gun control]
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American History: Gun Control - Guns have always been a part of American culture, even before we became the America we know today. In colonial times and the days of the Wild West, guns were an essential part of survival. They were needed to kill animals for food and to protect against unwanted trespassers and predators. However, in these modern times, because we have conveniences such as Hannaford and organized police systems, guns have gone from tools of necessity to novelty toys. For the most part, people own guns in this century for sporting reasons or to protect their families and home from intrusion....   [tags: protection, violence, hunting] 671 words
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School Violence and Gun Access - ... Groups 1, 2, and 3 were all exposed to different kinds of violence. group 1 was exposed to a live man insulting and beating a doll. Group 2 was exposed to the same scene on a tv. Group 3 was exposed to the same scenario in an animated form. Group 4 was exposed to nothing. When the groups were later tested in a frustrating situation, groups 1, 2, and 3 acted more violently and aggressively towards the situation(CRF). With our current economical crisis, students often are neglected by their parents, because bills usually demand for both parents to work....   [tags: gun control, bullying]
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Gun Crimes Cause Serious Harm to Children by Christine Watkins - Many people in America are coming to the realization that gun violence is beginning to have a dramatic affect on teenagers. Christine Watkins, the author of, “Gun Crimes Cause Serious Harm to Children” Gives much evidence on why she believes more gun control, or even removing all firearms from homes will be the solution to this crisis. She tells readers that teenagers from urban areas have the greatest risk of being involved in some kind of gun crime. With her estimate of over 280 million gun in America, she believes firearms are too readily available and teenagers are accessing them with little to no trouble, legally, or illegally....   [tags: gun violence, teenagers, gun control]
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The Blame Game Analyzing Gun Violence in America - Introduction In 1993, there were more than 18,000 firearm homicides in America. That number has been decreasing for the past two decades. In 2011, the reported number of firearm homicides was a little more than 11,000. In another part of the world, Germany was reported to have less than 200 firearm homicides, France less than 50. It is also estimated that there are around 270 million guns in America. This paper examines the possibility that if the American government put into place gun regulation laws, and made penalties more harsh for gun related crimes, the national murder rates would go down....   [tags: Firearm, Homicides, Gun Control, America]
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The Politics of Gun Control - The Politics of Gun Control In recent years, political discourse about gun control and the Second Amendment has become increasingly volatile. Gun lobbies such as the National Rifle Association are more organized and aggressive and their issue agenda has evolved as new and more powerful weapons and militia appear. On the other side of the debate, the critical wounding of James Brady gave gun control advocates a visible martyr with strong ties to Republican conservatives. In sum, gun control and the right to bear arms have become hotly disputed issues where political alignments are constantly shifting....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Example Essays] 1767 words
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The Debate Concerning Gun Control - Over the past few decades gun control has come to the fore front of debate in politics and the mass media. It's no wonder that in the wake of the recent school shootings and attacks on churches that people are beginning to fear guns. People are beginning to see guns as an object of death and destruction and not as what they are meant to be. While guns are used in war they are not intended to kill innocent people, guns are intended to be used by experienced gun handlers for protection and hunting....   [tags: Second Amendment The Right To Bear Arms] 824 words
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The Necessity of Gun Control - The Necessity of Gun Control Gun control is one of the most debatable topics today. Thirty-three million Americans own firearms for hunting (Aitkens 9). But hunting is not the sole reason for which many individuals buy firearms. Of all countries, the United States is the one which is troubled most by a large number of criminals who are in possession of guns. The U.S. has the highest firearm murder rate of any democracy in the world (Aitkens 5). Where is the country going wrong as far as gun control is concerned....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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An Argument For Gun Control - Gun control is an issue that has been debated by Americans since the 1960’s (Dolan 1). The debate questions the right of Americans to bear arms, this including, handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Some say a simple restriction of these arms is in order while some think they should be banned altogether (Dolan 1). Both sides hold strong opinions often causing conflict in the matter and confusion among the citizens of the United States. However, the opponents do agree that a death rate of 30 million a year due to the powerful and deadly weapon is too high; only they have different views on how to lower this rate....   [tags: Guns Shooting Arms Weapons Essays]
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