Guns in America ● Gun control ● has by far the highest rate of gun ownership in the world (90%) highest rate of murders among advanced countries 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the US Gun Control gun violence is a national crisis in the US gun control is a crucial part to solve the issue to find an effective solution other measures have to be taken too Republicans (espeacilly Donald Trump) are not likely to be able to solve the issue permanently pro would reduce gun deaths more gun control laws are needed to protect women from domestic abusers and stalkers guns are rarely used in self-defense gun control laws would reduce the societal costs associated with gun violence more gun control leads to fewer suicides the presence of a gun makes a conflict more likely to become violent the Second Amendment was intended to protect the right of militias to own guns, not the right of individuals mass shootings committed by teenagers, mentally disturbed people or zero tolerant individuals would not longer be possible a crime victim who has a gun might be killed instantly because the criminal feels threatened legalized gun ownership increases the risk of guns falling into the hands of children → more fatal accidents guns are not a defense against tyranny, the rule of law is the only defence against tyranny states should be the only...
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ones to have access to weapons ● ● contra gun control laws do not deter crime gun control laws infringe upon the right to self-defense and deny people a sense of safety gun control laws, especially those that try to ban "assault weapons," infringe upon the right to own guns for hunting and sport gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws gun control laws give too much power to the government and may result in government tyranny and the government taking away all guns from citizens gun control laws such as background checks and micro-stamping are an invasion of privacy more gun control is not needed; education about guns and gun safety is needed to prevent accidental gun deaths the Second Amendment was intended to protect gun ownership of all able- bodied men so that they could participate in the militia to keep the peace and defend the country if needed provide protection from muggings, home invasions, terrorist incidents, mass shootings, government tyranny victims can defend and protect themselves and their family; gun control would leave the victim helpless guns don't kill people, people kill people → firearms are tool and can be used for good or bad acts 2nd Amendment "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." NRA ● ● part of the Bill of Rights ratified on December 15th, 1791 protection of the individual right to keep bear arms ● National Rifle Association of America gun rights advocacy group in the US 5.5 million members stand points: against the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), protection of the 2nd Amendment criticism: NRA represents the interests of the gun companies and not the public one, protection of guns in their own interest blocking studies on the topic of gun violence possible solutions (1) universal background checks advantages: dangerous person with criminal records are not able to purchase a gun; law-abiding persons are not affected; 96% of Americans are in favour of universal background checks disadvantages: outdated FBI database (2) licensing system advantages: more comprehensive; reducing of impulse gun purchase disadvantages: more bureaucracy; purchasing a gun requires more effort also for law-abiding person (3) „red-flag laws" law to enable the police to take away weapons from persons that might be dangerous advantages: can prevent suicides, shootings,etc.; easy to implement disadvantages: worries about weapons being taken away wrongly; restricted freedom; unclear if they can prevent mass shootings/homicides