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Defense of self and state. Fundamental right. 10 Big Questions in the U.S. Gun Control Debate. Big Questions in the U.S. Gun Control Debate In December 2012, a 20-year-old man wearing combat gear and armed with pistols and a semi-automatic rifle forced his way into a school in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, including 20 elementary school students [source: Barron]. That event followed two other mass killings in 2012 -- a July attack on an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in which a gunman slaughtered 12 people and wounded 58 more, and an August assault on a Sikh temple in Milwaukee in which six worshippers were shot to death and thre others wounded [source: Krouse].

But this time, the age of the Newtown victims -- coupled with heart-rending accounts of Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher slain while shielding her first-grade pupils with her body -- roused many Americans to demand action to prevent further gun violence [source: News Times]. But gun rights lobbyists say such laws would violate Americans' constitutional right to bear arms.

So which side is right? Gun Rhetoric vs. Gun Facts. Summary The mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., has reignited a national debate on gun control. As elected leaders begin the dialogue, some facts are clear — there has been a massive increase in gun sales. Some things are not so clear — such as whether there is causation between more guns and more violent crimes. And some are contrary to the general impression — for example, the rate of gun murders is down, not up. We have decided to look at some of the rhetoric and how it squares with the facts, while offering some broader context to inform the debate. Rep. Here are some other facts. Analysis On Dec. 14, on the afternoon of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and after a spate of public mass shootings, President Obama said that “we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” On cable news and other media outlets, gun rights advocates have begun to push back.

A sample: Susan B. Gun law in the United States. Gun laws in the United States are found in a number of state and federal statutes. These laws regulate the manufacture, trade, possession, transfer, record keeping, transport, and destruction of firearms, ammunition, and firearms accessories. They are enforced by state agencies and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In addition to federal and state gun laws some local governments have their own laws that regulate firearms. The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. However, mass shootings in the U.S. have led to public debate about gun control laws in the U.S., since nearly all mass shootings have been carried out using pistols and shotguns.[1] Major federal gun laws[edit] Most federal gun laws are found in the following acts:[2][3] Overview of current regulations[edit] Second Amendment[edit] The right to keep and bear arms in the United States is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S.

America's gun problem, explained. NRA regrets more 'law-abiding' citizens can't get concealed-carry permits, like Orlando shooter had. The National Rifle Association may be keeping a low profile in the wake of Orlando's 49-person massacre, but the organization had plenty to say last week after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there was no constitutional right to carry concealed weapons—a right the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen had received a permit to exercise through Florida law.

In fact, the NRA's screed following the Ninth Circuit decision included no less than six references to "law-abiding" citizens—presumably like Mateen, pre-massacre—who want to carry concealed weapons in California. As you might imagine, the citizens who are denied such a permit are being victimized by the courts, says the NRA. “Once again the 9th Circuit showed how out of touch it is with mainstream Americans," wrote Chris W. Cox, executive director of National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, the NRA's lobbying arm.

Of course, the problem is that everyone's a "law-abiding" citizen until they aren't. Why can people on the terrorist watch list buy guns, and other FAQs. Attendees visit the trade booths during the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters WASHINGTON — Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was on the government’s terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed. Yet even had he remained on that listing, it wouldn’t have stopped him from buying the firearms he used in Sunday’s Orlando shooting rampage. Senate Democrats are hoping to use that little-known fact and the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to pressure Republicans to take what could be a politically painful election-year vote to curb gun sales. The FBI investigations, in 2013 and 2014, closed with no charges against Mateen, 29. A look at the intersection between the terrorist list, guns and the Orlando bloodbath: Q: What is the terrorist watch list?

Q: That’s a lot of people. A: It is. Q: Why can people on the terrorist watch list buy guns? A: That’s the law. A: Sen. Gun politics in the United States. Gun politics is a controversial area of American politics that is primarily defined by the actions of two groups: gun control and gun rights activists. These groups often disagree on the interpretation of laws and court cases related to firearms as well as about the effects of gun control on crime and public safety.[1]:7 Since the 1990s, debates regarding firearm availability and gun violence in the U.S. have been characterized by concerns about the right to bear arms, such as found in the Second Amendment to the U.S.

Constitution, and the responsibility of the government to serve the needs of its citizens and to prevent crime and deaths. Gun legislation in the United States is constrained by judicial interpretations of the Constitution. In 1789, the United States adopted the Second Amendment, and in 1868 adopted the Fourteenth Amendment. History[edit] Colonial era through the Civil War[edit] The individual right interpretation of the Second Amendment first arose in Bliss v. McDonald v. The 3 Worst Arguments Against Gun Control.

Guns don’t kill people. Making it hard for criminals to get guns makes it hard for everyone. Any gun law puts us on a slippery slope. We’ve heard it all before. It’s all wrong. As the pressure continues to build for congressional action on gun violence in the wake of the Orlando massacre, the gun control debate will continue, in Congress and elsewhere. The opponents of proposals like universal background checks and closing the “terror gap” are deploying their well-worn bumper sticker arguments, with a superficial appeal that too often wins the day, in defiance of logic and evidence. Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People Would we find this reasoning persuasive in other contexts involving dangerous products?

Yes, it is true that dangerous people could turn to other weapons if denied access to guns. Criminals Don’t Obey Gun Laws, Only Law-Abiding Citizens Do This is the futility argument. First, the argument is transparently circular. iStock Thank You! Dennis A.