The Future of Gun Control Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Future of Gun Control
A brief look at the controversial topic of gun control legislation.
# 38724 | 900 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper begins with an assessment of the 2nd Amendment and discusses two events that occurred in the fall of 2002 that reflected badly on the advocates of unrestricted access to firearms. The paper considers the situation of gun control legislation at present and notes that the issue of gun control is not high on the political agenda nor prominent in the consciousness of the media or the public.

Introduction: The 2nd Amendment
The 2nd Amendment: Recent Developments
Other Developments
The Executive
The Congress

From the Paper:

"The Second Amendment to the Constitution states, "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." This Amendment has provided the basis of American gun laws for over two centuries. On the basis of it advocates of unrestricted ownership of firearms have argued that their possession is a constitutional right of all citizens. The issue has been oft debated regarding the founding father's intentions and how they are to be interpreted but, historically, this constitutional amendment has given great strength to opponents to restrictions on gun ownership and use.
"The 2nd Amendment: Recent Developments
However, in December this argument suffered a heavy blow. On December 5, 2002 the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Silveira vs. Lockyer, ruled that the Amendment does not apply to individuals. The court argued that the right to bear arms only applies to members of a 'well regulated Militia, namely the National Guard. In other words, it does not apply to individual citizens going about their daily business. This ruling, "shattered the NRA's [National Rifle Association] interpretation of the Second Amendment" according to the organization, Handgun Free America.
"Other Developments
Two other events also occurred in the fall of 2002 that reflected badly on the advocates of unrestricted access to firearms. The first, known to all, was the tragic serial snipings in the Washington, D.C. area by John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, beginning October 2. Both men were legally prohibited from owning firearms, yet managed to obtain a Bushmaster XM-15 E2S with which 14 people were killed. This case would seem to present a strong case for legal restrictions on both gun ownership and gun dealers."

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