Should Assault Weapons Be Banned

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Should Assault Weapons and Large Magazine Clips be banned? Does banning assault weapons, reduce gun violence? The debate on banning assault weapons has increased recently after the recent mass shootings that have occurred over the last few years such as the ones in Aurora Colorado, Newtown, Connecticut. Both pro-gun activist and anti-gun activist have been in heated battle, with the former wanting to safeguard the right to own guns, while the latter wants laws to be enacted banning assault weapons. At the core of this argument is whether if assault weapons are banned the resulting effect will be that gun violence will reduce. Gun laws in America have evolved with time from the get go the laws on firearms initially granted citizens the right to bear and keep arms. But as time progressed new laws came into effect due to arising such example was the National Firearms Act in 1934. This law was passed due to “lawlessness and rise of gangster culture during prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt hoped this act would eliminate automatic-fire weapons like machine guns from America's streets. Other firearms such as short-barreled shotguns and rifles, parts of guns like silencers, as well as other "gadget-type" firearms hidden in canes and such were also targeted. All gun sales and gun manufacturers were slapped with a $200 tax (no small amount for Americans mired in the Great Depression; that would be like a tax of $2,525 today) on each firearm, and all buyers were required to fill out paperwork subject to Treasury Dept. approval.” This law came about as a result of increase in violent crime involving guns and was meant to try and curb the trend at that time. 30 years later came the Gun control Act that came into effect after the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, assassinations of Martin Luther King and presidential candidate Robert

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