Gun Control & The second amendment
Today there is a lot of debate about control and whether or not people hould be aloud to have guns. President Obama has been trying his hardest to get stricter laws passed on gun regulations. His main argument is stricter background checks and limiting ammunition rounds. His argument is that this will help with gun related crimes. According to NY Times the following is a list of the items contained in the proposal: Requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, including those by private sellers that currently are exempt.
Reinstating and strengthening the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004. Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 ounds. Banning the possession of armor-piercing bullets by anyone other than members of the military and law enforcement. Increasing criminal penalties for “straw purchasers,” people who pass the required background check to buy a gun on behalf of someone else. Acting on a $4 billion administration proposal to help keep 15,000 police officers on the street.
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Confirming President Obama’s nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Eliminating a restriction that requires the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow the mportation of weapons that are more than 50 years old. Financing programs to train more police officers, first responders and school officials on how to respond to active armed attacks. Provide additional $20 million to help expand the a system that tracks violent deaths across the nation from 18 states to 50 states. Providing $30 million in grants to states to help schools develop emergency response plans. Providing financing to expand mental health programs for young people.
A lot of people misinterpret the proposal to go as far as saying that they are trying o take the guns away from average Joes. Some say that this is Just what we need. One of the main questions being asked is if this is the first step to the government taking away our rights completely. However, on April 17, 2013, the US Senate voted against the gun control law. The vote was a close one with 57 votes in favor and 47 against. The vote only needed 60. This was a close race but many of the senators who are up for re-election made a last minute flip in order to keep the popularity in their state.
As an advocate for gun rights, I often wonder if Obama has a bigger agenda. On person properly train using a firearm doesn’t need extra ammunition. I also agree with the background checks, but not as far back as some think they will go. Every state should regulate background checks and a person who has ever spent time in a mental facility or had treatment for severe mental disorders should not be allowed to possess or own a firearm. As President Obama continues his quest for gun control, only time will tell what his full agenda is. Questions will continue to be asked if we should ban guns or if it will even help society to ban firearms.