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Gun Control: Protecting Rights or Protecting People
Whether writing the Articles of Confederation in 1776 or watching the Columbine Shootings in 1999, the right to bear arms has been a public and political debate since the beginning of our nation. Who should have the right to bear arms? What laws can be passed that can effectively control guns, but not infringe the Constitution? Should there be certain gun laws for certain people or states? Will gun control laws lower the homicide rate in America? Will gun control laws keep guns out of our schools? These are all questions that have been asked since the dispute over gun control. There is plenty of time and money spent by lobbyist and other organizations to convince the United States Congress that gun control is the solution for America's murder problem or a violation of there second amendment rights. Either way, the people of America are split down the middle over this debate.
Quoted from the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment states, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of free state, the right to bear arms, shall not be infringed."
Gun collectors, hunting sportsmen, and people that own guns for protection do not believe new gun control laws will solve America's gun violence problems. These people do not want more laws that make their hobby or confidence more difficult to obtain. They believe the current laws are not being enforced like they should, and believe that will stricter enforcement the current laws could be more effective. When asked in a Gallup Poll in August of 2000, 53% of the people believed stricter enforcement and no new laws would meet their beliefs while 45 % believed stricter enforcement and new laws would best meet their beliefs, while 2% had no opinion. This is how anti-gun control encourages legislatures and the people to join the anti-gun control movement. The NRA is the largest and most well-known anti-gun control organization. They believe that every American has the right to manufacture, transport, buy and sell guns without any interference whatsoever from the federal government. Between January 1, 1991and June 30 1993, the NRA spent a total of 2.9 million dollars for lobbying on Capitol Hill. The NRA's high membership rate not only catches the eyes of legislatures, it encourages them to vote for and support the NRA's ideas. Another effective weapon to recruit NRA supporters is their famous slogan, "Guns don't kill people. People kill people!" They want to see longer sentencing for crimes committed with guns, not taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. The reason this organization and others like it get so much support from Congress is because they put more input than the public itself. In an ABC News/Washington Post Poll in September of 1999 41% were dissatisfied, not angry with Congress for the ways they handle gun control, but only 10% had contacted a public official to express their views on gun control, and only 13% had contributed money to an organization with the gun control issues. This gives the NRA the upper han
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