Gun Control

Gun Control
Heath Davis
June 20, 2012
Titilayo Evans

Gun Control
Gun control has been an issue in Congress throughout history since 1791.   With the constant controversy with gun control within the nation, Congress is constantly fighting an uphill battle for gun control (Schwartz, 2008).   With the constant debate in the United States, Congress is progressively changing gun control laws to gain control of illegal gun purchases.   Unfortunately these changes of gun control laws are not showing any improvements of firearm crimes.   Of the many laws in place, Congress should concentrate more effort in making the present gun control laws effective rather than trying to develop newer and stricter gun control laws.
The first order of gun control was in 1791 when our forefathers put into place the Second Amendment.   The Second Amendment was incorporated to ensure the rights of the people in this amendment would not be infringed.   The rights in the Second Amendment are a well-regulated militia, necessary to the security of a free state and the rights of the people to keep and bear arms.   These rights were handed down to us so the men and women of this nation can protect their families and their homes (Coulter, 2012).   For the next 143 years Congress hadn’t made any significant changes in gun control, during this time gun control was at the digression of the local law enforcement.
In 1871 the largest and oldest civil rights group was founded, the National Rifle Association (NRA).   The NRA fights for the American citizen no matter what race, to ensure the American people are able to keep their rights to keep and bear arms and these rights are not infringed upon (Coulter, 2012).   This civil rights group was founded by two Union officers, Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate (Gettings, 2012).
In 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed off on the National Firearms Act.   This act was put into place to take automatic-fire weapons off the street.   To...