Gun Control: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

Gun Control: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

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GUN CONTROL: Should the United States Adopt Stronger Gun Control Laws?

Should the United States adopt stronger gun control laws? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.

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The widespread availability of firearms has made it easier for criminals and people with mental illness to perpetrate mass shootings. The government can reduce shooting deaths by imposing common-sense restrictions on guns that do not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Arming more people will not reduce gun violence.

The vast majority of gun owners in the United States are law-abiding citizens who buy guns for sport or protection. Curtailing the right to bear arms violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Strictly regulating gun ownership will only benefit criminals by disarming those who could otherwise defend themselves and save others.

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