Based on a growing number of gun-violence occurrences that have happened at American schools, facilities, and populated places of entertainment, the President proposed a comprehensive package of firearm regulations in April 2013. President Obama has worked with Vice President Joe Biden's task force to propose a combination of Executive Orders and legislative initiatives designed to restrict WHO is allowed to purchase a gun, along with the TYPES of firearms that may be purchased. The U.S. Senate catered to NRA/Second Amendment advocates and rejected the major elements of Obama's proposed national legislation, such as the background-check provisions, banning rapid-firing assault weapons, and limitations on the size of ammunition clips gun owners could contain.
Some Americans argue that there are loopholes in our system pertaining to gun control. Currently there remains a ban on federal funding investigating research into gun violence. Additionally, illegal gun trafficking is not considered a federal crime, and the ban on deadly assault weapons (such as AK 47's) expired and was not reaffirmed in 2004. Yet, do we live in a society where mentally deranged people will go at any length- legal or illegal- to acquire firearms for mass assassinations?
Recently, the tragic mass shooting at a social services facility in San Bernardino has, once again, put the topic of gun control and regulation on the political agenda. The killers of fourteen innocent people acquired all of their lethal firearms legally, and had an arsenal of armory of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Police uncovered a dozen pipe bombs, 2,000 handgun rounds (bullets), 2,500 assault rifle rounds and other explosive devices.
Would fewer people owning guns based on tighter gun control mean there there would be fewer gun-related deaths?
Would restricting the rights of law-abiding people from their right to acquire and own a gun in turn take away the protections and safeguards from people who will go to any length (legal or not) to attack?
Are we, as a people, safer with or without national gun regulation?
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