Written By: Antonio Randle
Professor Joseph Gredler
DeVry University, Composition
The debate over gun control in the United States has grown and diminished over the years. Recently this discussion has resurfaced, mainly triggered by a series of incidents involving mass killings by gunmen in non-combatant situations. The situation that initiated the most recent national probe was the killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Ct. in December 2012. It is safe to assume that the citizens of this country, or even internationally, sympathize with this tragic event, in addition to others. However, modifying the existing Second Amendment rights and principles will only jeopardize the safety of law abiding citizens. Citizens who have proven to be responsible to carry and possess firearms, via the Second Amendment of the U.S Constitution, Gun Control Act of 1968, and the Brady Bill, should not be penalized for others’ felonious behavior and rage. The proposal of intense, or universal, background checks is intrusive to a respectable citizens’ privacy. The gun control regulations are a prevalent factor in much of the violent crime in United States, and they need to be changed to make it more difficult to access by individuals categorized in the 1968 Gun Control Act and criteria set in the Brady Bill, not penalizing the other citizens’ Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
When considering the pro and cons of gun control reform, legislators and the White House administration should focus their attention to factors in the best interest of the United States ‘citizens. One of the factors that deserves to be considered above all is: will the decision make the United States a safer or more vulnerable country in regards to citizen safety? The most recent incident that resulted in resurfacing the gun control discussion of this country was the felonious and fateful act committed in Newton,...