Yoshiaki Katayama
Jul 22 · Last update 7 days ago.

Should guns be banned in the US?

Why has the US granted its citizens the right to own guns? The reason is in the US constitution; 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. However two-thirds of the public support strengthening gun regulations, but due to many factors such as the influence of the National Rifle Association, regulation does not progress. Why is it still unsolved today?
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How should article 2 of the United States constitution be interpreted?
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The link between guns, immigration and drug reform
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No, guns can improve safety
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Not banned, but controlled
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Yes and constitutional reform will enable this
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How should article 2 of the United States constitution be interpreted?

The debate on gun control in the United States is concerned with how to interpret Article 2 of the United States Constitution.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.

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Daniel Halliday
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The link between guns, immigration and drug reform

The problem in the United States is bigger than just guns, and the latest shootings are evidence that the mass murder problem is beginning to evolve into a white-supremacist terrorism problem, much more complex than just the legal status of gun ownership. A multitude of factors are at play in this climate also, racism, extreme political rhetoric, and the criminalisation of immigration, and while guns, racism and ‘trumpisms’ may be difficult to address directly in America, immigration reform may go some way to address this problem in the medium term. Abolishing or reforming ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) may help to reform the process of immigration in the country, taking it from a criminal to a civil issue, freeing up law enforcement to concentrate on more serious crimes (such as mass shootings for example). But real long term changes to address the scale of immigration and its underlying causes would go a lot further to addressing the issue and others related to it, and the war on drugs, which rather than prevents, actually fuels violence across Latin America, exasperates the American immigration situation, racism and mass shootings.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/hundreds-arrested-largest-immigration-raids-decade-190808014646924.html youtube.com/watch?v=2oicQ2xFiIc

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Daniel Halliday
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/hundreds-arrested-largest-immigration-raids-decade-190808014646924.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oicQ2xFiIc

No, guns can improve safety

Despite dominating the headlines, mass shootings and mental health problems account for a tiny fraction of gun violence in the United States, with the majority involving suicide and gang violence or criminal use. Why would anyone advocate for banning a potentially useful self-defence tool before advocating for at least a study into why the suicide rate is so high in the richest country in the world? Secondly, why would you ban guns to reduce suicide when there are many other ways to commit suicide, and more importantly when the second most common reason for gun violence is criminal activity? No, the US doesn’t need to ban or control guns but instead should educate its citizens further about how to use these valuable self-defence tools safely, while putting resources into tackling suicide and crime in the country, both of which will continue regardless of gun legislation. Responsible gun ownership should be encouraged the the more people have guns the more people will be able to stop violent crime and adequately defend themselves.

quora.com/Are-most-gun-homicides-gang-criminal-related-domestic-or-other truthinmedia.com/more-gun-laws-do-not-mean-less-crime

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Daniel Halliday
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Not banned, but controlled

Banning is a completely losing argument in the US, a country that is home to around 46% of all the world’s gun owners, but greater gun control could be possibility and is clearly needed. The gun situation in the US is currently seemingly out of control, with mass murders being frequently carried out using semi-automatic assault weapons, firearms that do not have a use in hunting or sport, and are arguably excessive even in self-defence situations. The need for some gun control is becoming so apparent that opinion is beginning to change around the issue, Fox News conducted a survey in August 2019 and 90% of people asked said they were in favour of background checks, 81% were in favour of removing guns from at-risk individuals and 67% were in favour of banning assault weapons.

edition.cnn.com/2017/10/03/americas/us-gun-statistics/index.html foxnews.com/politics/fox-news-poll-most-back-gun-restrictions-after-shootings-trump-ratings-down

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Daniel Halliday
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Yes and constitutional reform will enable this

Constitutional reform is needed to deal with this massive social catastrophe of American gun culture. The second amendment was written hundreds of years ago and American society was massively different back then, it was a newly independent colonial society of slave owners committing genocide against indigenous peoples and dominating societies by force. The America of today shares little resemblance to the America in which the constitution came into force. Since this time the constitution has been amended 27 times and gun crime and gun violence in the US have reached epidemic proportions and desperately need to be addressed, other countries have had issues with mass murder and introduced stricter gun laws to ultimately solve the issue, for example Australia. Even George Washington famously said "the basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government" [1].

hrlibrary.umn.edu/education/all_amendments_usconst.htm [1] brainyquote.com/authors/george-washington-quotes

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