Antonin Scalia and the Reporter of Decisions. (2005). The Right to Own a Gun Is Guaranteed by the Constitution. In K. Doyle (Ed.), At Issue. Is Gun Ownership a Right? San Diego: Greenhaven Press. In March 2008 the second amendment was reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the District of Columbia et al v. Heller case. The court stated that the second amendment allowed people to own guns. They concluded that the District of Columbia’s ban on guns was unconstitutional. The ban made it a crime to have an unregistered gun. The ban also required lawful guns to be stored unloaded and unassembled or have a trigger lock on it. The second amendment has limits though. These bans violate the second amendment.
Wright, S. E. (2012). Gun Control Laws Will Not Save Lives. In C. Watkins (Ed.), At Issue. Guns and Crime. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. Anti-gun groups use old arguments that have been proven false. They believe that setting a limit to the amount of handguns a person can buy will reduce the crime, but it will only affect a little bit of the sales in the illegal gun market, they will always find a way to sell guns. Banning extended magazines will not make crime rates go down. Some of the most horrific crimes in history were done by guns with ten or less bullets, the extended magazine does not make that any less safe.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” An Updated Background Check System Will Help Prevent Gun Violence. (2012). In C. Watkins (Ed.), At Issue. Guns and Crime. Detroit: Greenhaven Press. The background check system was created in 1993 by Congress to prevent harmful people from buying guns. This system is no longer working.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), if used correctly, would be a very effective way to prevent gun violence. The Columbine in 1999, the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, and the shooter at Tuscan, Arizona all found a way around the system. The names of those people who should not own guns needs to get out there and these loopholes need to be closed.