Gun Control Laws: Should U.S. gun control laws be strengthened?
The widespread availability of firearms has led to a rash of tragic mass shootings. Access to guns must be made more difficult if shooting deaths are to be reduced; gun violence will continue to be a problem if gun ownership is not controlled. The government can regulate the sale of firearms without violating the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The vast majority of people in the United States who use or buy guns are law-abiding citizens. They buy guns for sport or for protection. Curtailing Americans’ rights to bear arms violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Placing strict regulations on gun ownership will only benefit criminals by disarming those who are potential victims.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Should U.S. gun control laws be strengthened? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this timely issue.
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