They are concerned that each step toward greater gun control will lead to the eventual confiscation of all firearms. Gun control opponent groups spend far more than gun control supporters on campaign contributions. Opponents of gun control, including the National Rifle Association, better known as the NRA, argue that the "right to bear arms" is guaranteed in the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and licensing restrictions penalize law-abiding citizens while in no way preventing criminal use of handguns. As the National Rifle Association puts it, “Guns Don’t kill People—People Do.” It is also argued that by making it difficult for guns to be bought and registered for the American public there is a threat to the personal safety of American families
Throughout the Constitution, organized operatives designated by the state are referred to as the militia, and the citizens are referred to as the people of the United States. Over the past decade there has been much debate on concealed carry laws regarding personal firearms. Currently there are forty-eight states that allow concealed firearms by their citizens. The Second Amendment of the Constitutional Bill of Rights states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Bill of Rights). Much of the debate comes from the meanings imposed by our founding fathers when the Constitution was composed.
When America entered World War I, the Bureau’s work was increased again. They took sole responsibility for the Espionage, Selective Service and Sabotage Acts, and assisted the Department of Labor by investigating enemy aliens. The FBI of the 1920s focused on stopping gangsters and enforcing Prohibition. The 1920s to the 1930s were often referred to as the “lawless years” because of the gangsters running amuck across America, and the disregard for Prohibition, which made it illegal to sell or import alcohol. The Bureau had limited success using its narrow jurisdiction to investigate some of the “gangster era” criminals.
The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is a federally registered Political Action Committee and is one of the largest PACs in operation today (NRA ILA, "Mission Statement"). The efficiency of the NRA ILA to keep members up to date on governmental attempts to change laws, or enforce gun laws or bans are updated daily on their website and member daily emails. ILA uses the power of its member’s right to vote to make changes or keep laws that protect their second amendment rights strong. The downfalls this organization is faced with is the multiple anti-gun groups that have surfaced in the wake of mass shooting tragedies. Organizations such as MDA (Mom’s Demand Action) have been attacking the NRA ILA with the powerful tool of social media.
Essay #1 Revision 2/14/11 Gun Control The recent shooting in Arizona has brought up the ongoing debate of our gun control laws. The efficacy of constitutional action, constituting federal regulation of the use of firearms has been promoted via a number of gun control laws enacted since the beginning of the 20th century. The comprehensive understanding of the pros and cons of gun control is in constant debate (Borade). Unfortunately, enforcing laws that do not allow us to own our own guns will not stop a crazy person from killing another person. Citizens should be able to carry and own guns for their own personal protection because we all know that prohibition will not stop anyone from obtaining one regardless.
Thus, the problem of criminal gun violence is concentrated within a very small subset of gun owners, indicating that gun control aimed at the general population faces a serious needle-in-the-haystack problem.” The vast majority of citizens buying firearms are only doing it merely for their own protection. Criminals are always going to have access to firearms may it be legally or illegally. So the worst thing we could possibly do is to outlaw guns for the whole population. That would leave crime victims utterly defenseless. Gun ownership plays a big role in personal safety.
Daisy Ortiz October 5, 2011 Period 5 GUN CONTROL: is it a Federal or State policy issue Congress continues to debate the efficacy and constitutionality of federal regulation of firearms and ammunition. Various federal laws have been enacted since 1934. Gun control speakers argue that they control access by criminals, juveniles, and other "high-risk" individuals. They contend that only federal measures can successfully reduce the availability of guns. Some seek broad policy changes such as near-prohibition of non-police handgun ownership or the registration of all firearm owners or firearms.
Lobbying in America Lobbying has long been a topic of controversy since the dawn of our political system. Some see it as a necessary means to petition the government while others claim it is a mere mask for bribery. The former opinion has stood the test of time and proved that despite episodes of scandal, lobbying has promoted vital legislation and is a constitutional right every free individual should be able to practice. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines lobbying as a form of advocacy with the intention of influencing decisions made by the government, by individuals or by specialized lobby groups; it includes all attempts to influence legislators and officials, whether by other legislators, constituents or organized groups. The word
", Frank Zimring, Summer 1968 4. ” Expanded Homicide Table 8”, Federal Bureau of Inverstigation, Spring 2012 Thesis Paragraph: Gun control has been a hot topic in the United States for over a decade now, and it isn’t about to go away. 116,975,100 citizens of all walks of life who take part in exercising their second amendment right are falling victim to the negligence of .00002% of the population, leaving their right to bear arms to be questioned by the very government that granted its citizens this right centuries ago. Reasons that many pro-gun control activists vary, however, upon further examination of exactly who these people are and what kind of experience they have had with firearms, it becomes clear that a frightening portion of these people grew up without seeing any benefit whatsoever in their second amendment right. Instead, just like every other
During the progression of our nation's history, freedom of assembly has protected people with a wide variety of views. Sometimes these efforts have created public support or even rewrote history. Can you imagine the Civil Rights Movement without the March on Washington, the women's suffrage movement without scores of proper-looking, picket-carrying suffragists lining the streets, or the anti-Vietnam protests without millions of hippies and veterans? And where does the line stand between peaceful and non-peaceful assembly? During the course of this paper, it will be this author's duty to shed some light on this very important piece of the Constitution by looking at some of the famous events stemming from this little-known piece of America's