Gun Control Ultimate Guide
Gun control is a hot topic in politics as well as on the home front. It is an issue that deals with constitutional rights. Any changes to gun control laws are bound to upset people, no matter which side of the issue they stand on. Proponents of stricter gun control laws cite crime and violence reduction as the leading reason to amend the constitutional right to bear arms. Statistics, however, say something else entirely.
A prime example is Washington D.C.’s Crime Control Act of 1994. This act was set in motion to spur a reduction in crime rate by prohibiting the “manufacture, sale and possession” of semi-automatic weapons. According to the National Institute of Justice, the weapons ban “failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot wound victims.” In 1976, a trigger lock law was put into effect. This law also enacted a ban of the possession of handguns. According to research materials that JustFacts received from the FBI, the average murder rate while this ban was in effect was, on average, 73% higher than in the times prior to the ban. The Supreme Court found the law to be unconstitutional and it was therefore lifted in 2008. The Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms via the second amendment to the Bill of Rights. The fourteenth amendment supports this as well.
While the presence of a gun can present a danger, prohibiting them will not stop criminals from committing crime. A prohibition would only allow criminals easier access, as they would assume there would be no firearm to stop them in their misdeed. Crime rates would — as they did in Washington D.C. — go up. The gun itself is not the worry; the worry is the hand the gun is in. Criminals will continue to access weapons, law or no law. A criminal is someone who either ignores the law or feels they are above it. Stricter gun control would only create more danger for law-abiding citizens.
As an American, it is important for a person to know when an attempt is being made to change constitutional rights. As a firearms owner, it is pertinent to stay up-to-date with any actions within gun control. An attempt to enforce stricter gun control laws could end in a devastating blow to a right that has been in force since the start of the nation. This is important on a state level as well. Legislation is changing every day. If a state is considering changing any of its firearms laws to enforce stricter gun control, residents should be aware of it and know how to take action via communication with legislators.
There are numerous organizations that keep up on pending legislation. These organizations help decipher what changes are being proposed. They enable people to act as a group when opposing a change of law. These watchdog groups allow people to stay on top of issues that matter to them without having to wade through pending bills, acts and changes to amendments. Being conscious to these actions is imperative to the community as well as individuals. Whether new to guns, or a seasoned firearms owner, it is up to you to know what is going on both a state and federal level when it comes to the right to bear arms. Reading up on historical motions regarding firearm legality will help you to understand what is happening, why it is happening and what to do about it.
- Just Facts
- Gun Cite
- Library of Congress: Second Amendment
- Policy Almanac
- ACLU on Gun Control
- Keep and Bear Arms
- National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action
- ATF-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- News Batch-Gun Control
- Gun Owners of America