The US Gun Control Debate

It seems like US gun control is an ongoing debate.  Mass shootings always increase the intensity in the arguments between increased gun control and the right to bear arms.   Learn more about the topics at hand.

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The 2nd Amendment

Constitution of the United States
2nd Amendment

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 second amendment is part of the Bill of Rights which was ratified in 1791.  It is an amendment to the United States Constitution which is the supreme law of the nation.  

This amendment has been challenged through history, but has been upheld as an individual right to keep and bear arms. 

Learning about the history of the second amendment will increase understanding of the original purpose and clarifications that have been made over the years.

US Gun Control

Federal and state gun control laws exist and continuously get stricter...

This creates concern among law abiding citizens who support the second amendment.  Some US citizens support stricter gun laws, or agree with banning guns altogether because of gun violence and mass shootings.    

Law abiding citizens who are gun owners are not the concern; however, increasing gun control laws restrict their ability to purchase, own and bear arms. 

The 2012 study of Gun Control Legislation prepared by William J. Krouse, Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy is very informative about gun-related fatalities, the history of gun control laws and related issues.   

US Shootings

A spree shooting or mass shootings get a lot of media coverage and always end up in debate between gun control advocates and second amendment supporters. 

The timing of the San Bernardino shooting of 2015 increased tensions.  It happened shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris and during the deliberations about the United States allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to America.

Conceal carry is considered a safety measure by many, while making stricter gun laws to taking guns away from American citizens is on the agenda of others.

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