Find, Read & Annotate OR Summarize Three Scholarly Sources for Your Argumentative Essay .docx

Find, Read & Annotate OR Summarize Three Scholarly Sources for Your Argumentative Essay .docx

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Richey 1 Kelton Richey Sister Bahr FDENG 101 5 March 2018 Find, Read & Annotate OR Summarize Three Scholarly Sources for Your Argumentative Essay Introduction The debate over gun control in the United States has waxed and waned over the years, stirred by a series of mass shootings by gunmen in civilian settings. In particular, the killing of twenty schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 prompted a new national dis- cussion about gun laws. However, legislation that would have banned semiautomatic assault weapons was defeated in the Senate despite extensive public support. In 2017, mass shoot- ings at a music festival in Las Vegas and at a church near San Antonio have rekindled the gun control debate and invoked comparisons of U.S. gun policies and those of other wealthy democracies. United States Gun ownership in the United States is rooted in the Second Amendment of the Constitution: "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." However, the right is not unlimited. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld some firearms re- strictions, such as bans on concealed weapons and on the possession of certain types of weapons , as well as prohibitions against the sale of guns to certain categories of people. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits persons under eighteen years of age, convicted criminals, the mentally disabled, dishonorably discharged military personnel, and others from purchas- ing firearms. In 1993, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act mandated background checks for all unlicensed persons purchasing a firearm from a federally authorized dealer. At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Court has rolled back certain gun laws. In 2008, the court struck down a Washington, DC, law that banned handguns . Federal law provides the basis for firearm regulation in the United States, but states and cities can impose further restrictions. Some states, such as Idaho, Alaska, and Kansas, have passed various laws attempting to nullify federal gun legislation , but legal analysts say these are unconstitutional. In January 2016, President Barack Obama took several actions intended to decrease gun vio- lence, including a measure requiring dealers of firearms at gun shows or online to obtain federal licenses and conduct background checks. As of 2017, there were no federal laws banning semiautomatic assault weapons, military- style .50 caliber rifles, handguns, or large-capacity magazines. There was a federal prohibi- tion on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines between 1994 and 2004, but Congress allowed these restrictions to expire. In the days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, in Oc- tober, some lawmakers expressed provisional support for a federal prohibition of so-called
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