Gun Control in America
The American Constitution and the Bill of Rights are amazing documents in their wording. Its writers showed astonishing foresight in some ways, and understanding that they could not accurately predict the future in others. These documents grant specific and vague powers to different departments of the Federal Government. The wording allows for changes to be made in its content and interpretation. One example of all these qualities, is the Second Amendment, and its interpretation has caused heated debate in recent years.
With the shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas on March 25, 1998, the debate on gun control will step forward again. The suspects, aged 11 and 13, knew enough about guns to kill five and wound ten others. How is this possible? Are the families into hunting? Is the National Rifle Association doing too much? Or too little? Are guns too accessible to the public? Or not accessible enough? Presented here are some facts taken from some pro-gun and pro-control web sites, and the web sites addresses themselves.
The Second Amendment
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of the Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Though there seems to be no definitive survey, most random surveys show most Americans believe some type of gun control is necessary. During August 29, 1997, through September 7, 1997, the Hearst Corporation conducted a survey as part of a 23 part story on gun control. The survey included over 2,000 people from all around the United States, and the results were varied among different groups.
Difference in opinions showed nearly two thirds believed in the right to own guns, but over half want some type of regulation on North favors gun control, (60+ %), and the South is against it, (60+ %). A possible unexpected result is that blacks are more in favor of gun control than whites. This may seem puzzling to some, due to the stastics on crime an incarceration, but some people may forget that black on black crime is a large percentage of the crime that blacks commit.
This type of thinking leads to the next difference on gun control. The North, (more cities), and the South, (more rural), are polar opposites in their point of view. The North favors control, and the South is against it. These numbers are a near perfect mirror for city and country opinions, respectively. These opinions reflect the higher crime rates in the Northern states and cities, and the cultural differences within the United States. The guns are also treated differently in the different regions. The North has guns basically at home, and the South has them in cars, at work, and on their person.
Some pro-gun groups use the phrase, Abanning of guns@, as a way to prevent gun control. Americans do believe in the right to own guns by about a 2:1 ratio. Many also believe in some form of Federal regulation. A good parallel is to a drivers license. Due to their nature,...