By: Madison Clabough
The gun control debate hinges on how we interpret the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads in its entirety: “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.”
Those who are most likely Democratic, argue in favor of stronger gun control laws. These stronger gun laws push for more extensive background checks, restrictions on who can buy one, and restrictions on the kind of gun that can be purchased. Or even total prohibition on the sale and purchase of firearms in the United States. Today, the debate centers on gun violence in the U.S, particularly in light of the rising awareness to mass shootings and school shootings as well as issues related to the sale of AR’s (assault rifles), background checks for buyers, and the connection between gun violence and mental illness.
Groups such as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Violence Policy Center are all Pro-Gun Control Groups. Other Republican-based groups such as the National Rifle Association (most commonly tied to the term ‘Don’t Tread On Me’), Women Against Gun Control, and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, are Anti-Gun Control.
Depending on what side you lean more towards, with that being Republican or Democrat, Gun Control is a very prominent social issue that affects all of us and our safety.