Gun control.pdf - Velazquez 1 Jerdan Velazquez English 101 Mr Ferrians The Controversial Second Amendment Two-hundred years ago on the Bill of rights

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Velazquez 1 Jerdan Velazquez English 101 Mr. Ferrians January 11, 2019 The Controversial Second Amendment Two-hundred years ago, on December 15, 1791 the Bill of rights was ratified, a document insuring individual rights of all people living in the United States. The second of the 10 amendments, possibly the most controversial, the right to bear arms. The second amendment reads, “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.” The interpretation of it is highly debated by U.S. citizens almost as much as the controversy of whether we should have firearms in the United States or have more trained personnel to wielding guns. After hundreds of mass shootings, thousands of suicides, and countless gang related shootings, Americans began taking greater measures to control who can possess firearms and who can’t, but many Americans who can’t legally possess a firearm still find ways to obtain guns, only allowing this epidemic to grow. So how do we keep our Nation safe? Should Americans have the right to possess a firearm? In 1994 Congress launched a Federal Assault Weapon Ban after the Sandy Hook school shooting, that would last ten years. Overall the ban was more or less a fluke due to the fact that only some types of AR-15s and AK-47s were banned along with bayonets and high-capacity magazines that could carry more than ten rounds. On
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Velazquez 2 top of that any type of Assault Rifle manufactured prior to 1994 was legal to personally own and resell. “Everything You Need to Know about the Assault Weapons Ban, in One Post,” by Brad Plumer explains the loopholes of the law, what an assault weapon is considered, and what the law actually did. When the law was finalized there was approximately 24 million high-capacity magazines that the public owned, so acquiring one was fairly simple. Overall the law didn’t reduce the rate of gun violence, nor did it ban assault rifles, what it did was much more minor in terms of lives saved. It reduced the amount of mass shootings, which are relatively rare, even more so 15 years ago, so in 2004 when the ban ended Democrats tried to reinstate the law, but failed. Since mass shootings have been occurring more often, claiming more and more lives, so another assault weapon ban might have the same effect, reducing the rate once and for all.
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