Regulation of guns is a necessary action that needs to be taken in order to save lives. A good
definition of gun control is needed to understand the sides and issues. Gun control is an effort to stop
the rise in violent crime by strengthening laws on the ownership of firearms. Persons in the group
against gun control believe that gun control is wrong, and that it is a violation of constitutional rights.
Those in favor of gun control believe that gun control is good, that the Second Amendment does not
apply to regular citizens, and that guns should be taken out of the hands of criminals.
There are several major anti-gun control groups. These groups include the National Rifle
Association (NRA), and the Gun Owners of America (GOA) . The NRA is a national group
dedicated to the upholding of the Second amendment of the Constitution (See Appendix). In their
magazines, American Hunter and American Rifleman, they say 'The NRA, .
. . believes that every
law-abiding citizen is entitled to the ownership and legal use of firearms, . . . ' The NRA does many
things to help display their beliefs and persuade others to their beliefs. This association also has a
strong pull on legislation, because it has many lobbyists and supporters in government. This group
has many members in Congress, and former presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan are NRA
members. The NRA lobbies for several types of legislation. For example, the NRA is currently trying
to repeal the ban on assault weapons. A lot of money is spent each year on legislation (See Appendix
The Gun Owners of America is another group that is against gun control. The GOA
preserves and defends the rights of gun owners through legislation. They publish books, articles,