Gun Control

Essay by rckldyk11rUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, July 2005

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In a country riddled with apprehension of violent crime, the United States continues to embody the gun as integral to its' protection and culture. While the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution grants the people the right to bear arms, the people must on the contrary protect themselves from those who bear them. In my view, guns give people a false sense of security and are more of a nuisance than a benefit. Guns are a threat to the peace and safety of society. Therefore, since it is unlikely that all guns will disappear in the United States, legislation must be enacted to ban and cease the further manufacture of the types of firearms involved in more violent crime than all others; handguns and assault-weapons.

Through the evolution of time, man has sought ways in which to facilitate hunting and warfare. Implements such as slings, spears, bow and arrows, etc.,

were effective in early history but all made obsolete by the gun. The irony today is that guns are often used to hunt for human lives rather than for gaming purposes and warfare is upon the United States itself, in the form gun violence. Since the founding of the United States, up until the early twentieth century, little attention was focused on gun control despite president Lincoln's assassination and gun violence of the Wild West.

The first real effort to control firearms came one year after Prohibition was repealed. According to Collier's Encyclopedia, " The National Firearms Act of 1934 enacted in response to the gangsterism of the prohibition era was the first major gun control law passed by congress. It imposed taxes on the sale or transfer of certain firearms; such as machine guns, sawed-off rifles, and shotguns; required manufactures to put serial numbers of such weapons by...