Stronger Gun Laws in America Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the arguments for and against gun control that ultimately argues for tougher gun control laws.
# 150149 | 1,926 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper begins by offering an overview of the current debate over gun control and presenting the thesis that certain types of weapons, especially automatic weapons like machine guns, Uzis and AK 47's, should be completely banned in the United States. The paper also presents an antithesis that argues that the Second Amendment offers broad protection of gun ownership, and that non-discretionary concealed handguns are the most cost-effective means of reducing crime. The paper then attempts to synthesize these two positions and posits that although the Second Amendment provides for all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, there is still the question whether the Founding Fathers intended to allow all citizens to keep deadly weapons at their immediate disposal.
The paper concludes that the U.S. must ban the sale and purchase of automatic and semi-automatic firearms and keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those who do not deserve the right to keep and bear arms as defended in the Second Amendment.


From the Paper:

"As one of the most hotly-debated issues in modern American culture, gun control continues to fill the headlines and often becomes the focus of many discussions at the federal level via congressional investigations and efforts by senators and state representatives to either strengthen or weaken current gun control measures. Without a doubt as pointed out by Kleck and Patterson, "American society is steeped in a gun culture, dating back to the times of the American Revolution when the colonies were forced to defend themselves against the English Crown" (1993, p. 380), thus giving rise to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which gave Americans the right to keep and bear arms.
"Kleck and Patterson also relate that it has been estimated that more than 250 million guns are presently held by individual citizens, not including those held by law enforcement (1993, p. 380). With this in mind, it is clear that all gun control measures and laws, either enacted at the state or federal level and oftentimes at the city/municipal level, are bound to be the source of much dissent with some advocating stronger gun control laws and others insisting upon weaker gun control laws, based on subjective viewpoints and on the fact (at least in the eyes of some) that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear firearms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Edwards, A., and J. Sheptycki. (2009). Third wave criminology: Guns, crime and socialorder. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 9(3), 379-397.
  • Kates, D.B. (1996). Handgun prohibition and the original meaning of the second amendment.University of Michigan Law Review, 82, 204-268.
  • Kleck, G. and Patterson, E.B. (1993). The impact of gun control and gun ownershiplevels on violence rates. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 9, 223-236.
  • Lott, J.R., and Bronars, S.G. (1998). Criminal deterrence, geographic spillovers and right-to-carry concealed handgun laws. American Economic Review, 88, 324-343.
  • Van Alstyne, W. (1994). The second amendment right to arms. Duke Law Review, 43, 145-157.

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