Reformation May Not be Necessary In the political realm, weapons are a huge controversial topic, guns In particular. The Sullivan Act, was the first piece toward gun reformation and was passed In 1911 for New York State. The law required anyone who carried a small firearm to have a permit. This piece of legislation is still in effect today. In the sass’s, there were a series of important political assassination’s including, President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jar. , and Senator Robert Kennedy (Gun Control Reform). Politicians feel that they can change the world with legislation.
For example, In 2001, after the September 1 lath attacks President George Bush pushed through a series of acts which allowed for the government to put taps Into our phones, computers and other electronic devices. The passing of this act is an infringement on the First Amendment. The act is a violates our freedom of speech. The acts were presented to the united States citizens as a way to prevent terrorism. Well in the ass’s the killings of important political figures lead to the Gun Control Act of 1968. The act Imposed the sales of firearms, forced dealers to keep more stringent scored, also sales across state lines were forbidden.
Lee Harvey Oswald purchased his rifle, that he used to murder president John F. Kennedy, through the mail. As a direct result, the Gun Control Act also banned the sale of shotguns and rifles threw the mail. This law is perfectly fine because a weapon should be purchased at a store so a valid background check could be run. Other laws that prohibit the use of automatic weapons, hand grenades, rockets etc. Are suitable. There Is not a regular American out there that needs a AK-47 or a hand grenade to defend hills homestead. In 1993, 8111 Clinton approved the Brady Bill.
This law placed a Involuntary five day waiting period for any purchase of a firearm. A law such a the Brady Bill is ridiculous. There is no need for such an extensive background check, it should take a couple of hours maximum. What American citizens need to realize, guns don’t kill people, people do. Every year on average 28,000 people perish due to gunshot wounds (Gun Ownership 19). Now of those 28,000, how many of them were shot without someone else behind the trigger? It’s nearly impossible for any gun to fire without someone commanding It to. It’s impossible for a gun to misfire or go off by itself.
But, the likelihood of someone getting shot by a gun laying in a drawer, loaded, and standing in the line of the bullet is very highly unlikely. There could also be instances where the person is unaware that the gun Is loaded. Well if you were to take a hunter’s safety class, one of the first things they will tell you Is to “treat every gun as If It were loaded”. It should be strongly recommended for anyone to purchase a gun to have taken a Hunter’s Safety Class or to be enrolled in one. As of 2000, there were 951 firearms per 1,000 united States citizens (Gun Ownership 15).
I could almost bet that not even half of that number even has taken a Hunter’s Safety Class. Well if everyone were to take one regardless if they hunt or not the occurrences of these rare accidents would never happen. First, you would learn never to store a gun loaded. Second, you would learn to treat every gun as If were loaded. Third, when you pick up a gun check to see If It Is while its in storage because theoretical it should never be loaded. If someone is playing around with a gun pointing it at his friends and it misfires due to a bad part it’s his fault and if his friend dies it’s murder.
All of these instances wrap back around to the three basic rules of firearms, if you take the class and follow the rules there should be reason why your gun should go off. But, if for some reason you don’t follow the basic rules and you do get injured or killed, in my opinion you deserve what happened to you. Advocates of more lax gun reformation argue along the lines of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment 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” (Gun Ownership 53).
The problem with the amendment is what does its implied meaning mean? Does it mean for an individual’s right to bear arms or for the collective unit, like the marines. The basis for the controversy is in the word “arms”. The Founding Fathers basis for this amendment was because they were afraid of becoming what they previously were (England). Not to mention the first army were called The Minuteman. All the Minuteman were regular people that were ready to assemble to take on the British. If the British would have imposed upon the loonies rights to have a firearm, we would not be standing here discussing gun control.
The fact is that our nation was founded on the right to possess a firearm and anything imposing that right should be deemed unconstitutional. Supporters for gun control reform sometimes choose to take the stance that today’s times vastly differ from 300 hundred years ago. The Question I ask is “How do they differ? ” The Advocates argue that you don’t need a gun. That statement is false! Just because technology and modernization has changed how we live doesn’t mean here are still people that hunt game for there source of meat. There are many people that still choose to live off of the land.
People ask why? But, the real question is why not? When you go to the grocery store to by your hamburger for the week you can pay anywhere from $1. 99 to $5. 99 a pound. Well some people choose to bypass the extreme and continually rising cost. In Missouri, the cost of the average deer tag is around 30 to 40 dollars. Even if you Just get one deer your talking at least 100 pounds of pure meat. But, that meat is 100% hormone free! Everything that deer ate as natural, so the meat is better for you than any meat you could ever dream of purchasing at the store.
The more important aspect is the cost 30 bucks for the tag itself, 20 bucks in gas, and three dollars for ammunition. That adds up to 53 dollars for 100 pounds of meat. Now compare the average meat at the grocery store that sits around 3. 50 a pound. For the equivalent amount of meat, not the quality, would cost you 350 dollars! Your talking 300 dollars more for something that isn’t even of the same quality. Also, since the deer ate local plants and flowers, the same ones that old flare up allegories, it should help relieve the seasonal allergies some people suffer threw.
In many different states there are deer donation locations. These locations are for hunters who either harvested to many deer or would Just simply like to donate the carcass. In 2010, Missouri alone donated over 300,000 pounds of venison to families in need (mad). There are millions of people that shoot guns as a sport. T Something that is more relevant is “During the 20th century, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes have used gun registration records and other means to confiscate firearms from those who eight otherwise Jeopardize their rule” (Gun Ownership 69).
If we were to elect a corrupt that was able to pass a series of laws that allowed him to monitor the activity of gun distribution, that he could decide which ones were a threat to “democracy’. Once this official chooses which group is a threat to his power all he would have to do is go confiscate the weapons under the suspicion that “crimes would be committed. ” Later on, that leader could send back those same troops, probably armed with the same guns they stole, to round up those people and send them to a camp.
This camp would be in such a barren environment that if one were to escape they would die. Once the prisoners were there, they would be starved to death, and forced to dig these huge holes where there they would be later murdered. Then we would a Nazi Germany sitting right at our front doorstep. All of this would happen because an unarmed individual, is a defenseless individual. People lobby that if there were law that prohibited gun there would be no murders. Well that seem logical, but what about stopping the black market. Millions of dollars flow seemingly underground with no trace.
Would a criminal wanting to murder somebody really go threw the charades at a gun store? Well the answer is no! If a criminal wanted to murder somebody they will go purchase a gun from a friend or simply steal one. What’s to loose for them if they go threw with the act? They have nothing, criminals are ruthless and only care about themselves. For the average Americans Gun Control is the least of their worries, but for some it could flip how they live their world. Gun Control laws shouldn’t be so lax as to where a felon or murderer could walk into Bass Pro Shops and purchase a rifle.
But, nor so trending to where a corrupt Nazi Germany could be formed here in the states. Strict gun regulations could hurt more local charities. Millions of pound of meat come from these charities, if the meat flow stops it will leave thousands hungry. No amount of legislation could stop citizens from buying firearms legally or on the black market. Works Cited Is Gun Ownership a Right? Greengages Press. Farmington Hills, MI. 2005. Print. “Gun Control Reform. ” Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 28 Feb… 2011. 20 Mar. 2013. Web. Mad. MO. Gob. Share- Harvest, 2010. Web. 29 March 2013.