Guns in Today's Society Essay

3013 Words Apr 19th, 2005 13 Pages
Guns in Today's Society
In the United States today, gun control has become a very big issue in the lives of its citizens. People arguing with each other over whether it is our constitutional right to be able to obtain and bear any kind of arms that we choose or that it only belongs to the militia. Many arguments come up over whether or not just average people can show up at a gun show and sell a gun to any person without giving them a background check first. Not only do they want back ground checks they want restrictions, and bans. Should there be bans on certain kinds of weapons? If so what kind of weapons? Should any person be able to buy a gun anytime or any place? Are people getting the right picture on what guns do for the
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They believe that people do not have the right to carry guns and posses them in there own homes. They believe people should not be able to carry around guns wherever they please for many reasons. It puts innocent Americans in danger if at any point the person with a gun loses his cool and begins to shoot. If any person can carry around a gun then where can a person feel safe from harm? Guns are the cause of many homicides in the United States and around the world, and should be kept from the wrong hands. Many people are willing to give up there rights to bear arms in order to keep guns from getting in the wrong possession.
In 1994 there was a bill enacted called the "Brady Bill" and it made it so that a person had to wait up to five business days on a handgun purchase. This bill made it so that that convicted felon or offenders could not purchase a handgun. It also required that authorities do background checks on the purchasers. This bill proved to actually do some good in the fact that it kept guns out of the hands of criminals. This bill made a slight if any difference, "In the first seventeen months of the Brady Bill, 7 people were convicted of illegal attempts to buy handguns"( 2). The long term affect of the Bill for the three years that it lasted were, "There have been 242,000 background checks that have denied prospective purchasers to buy a handgun from a licensed gun dealer. Out of

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