Gun Control in the United States

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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

for figures).

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,