Gun Control

by: Zach Fairbanks

Should guns altogether be legal or illegal?

The second amendment states "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"

So, technically, they shouldn't be illegal at all. They are protected under the U.S Constitution.

How many lives are lost per year by guns?

In the U.S, more than around 100,000 people are shot per year according to the The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. Every day, on average, 289 people are shot, 86 of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 commit suicide,2 die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention. Between 2000 and 2010 around a total of 335,609 people died of guns,thats more than the population of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Newark, and Orlando.

Should law-enforcement be the only ones allowed to own guns?

There is no correct answer to this question, it's purely based on opinions.

Should full-auto guns be allowed to be legally owned by citizens?

What is consider a full-auto gun?

An automatic firearm continuously fires rounds as long as the trigger is pressed and held and there is ammunition in the magazine/chamber.

What current laws are there in place for Full-Auto guns?

The restriction of fully automatic firearms is regulated by the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. With the passage of FOPA, the United States Federal Government declared it illegal to make a new fully automatic firearm, convert a semi automatic firearm to fire in full auto, or to import a fully automatic firearm unless “transferred to the U.S. Government (USG) or a law enforcement agency, or to a Federal firearms licensee for use as a USG or law enforcement sales sample.” (27 CFR 479.1109(d)). This means that any full auto firearm manufactured in the US or imported to the US before May 19, 1986 is legal for anyone who is willing to pay a one time $200 tax stamp (per firearm) to own a full auto or burst fire gun.

What is the advantage of a Full-Auto gun over a semi-auto gun?

A full-auto weapons are able to send lead down range at a higher RPS/RPM (Rate per Second/Minute). But, as a sacrifice, significantly loose accuracy. A semi-auto gun is able to send lead downrange slower, but be able to maintain killing potential and accuracy.

What are common businesses that ban all weapons in general, including law enforcement?

  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Sonic
  • Whole Foods
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Disney land/world
  • Amc Theatre
  • Ikea
  • Toys R Us

How is law enforcement affected by these bans?

Law Enforcement is affected by these bans because, how if needed, are they supposed to use deadly force (if necessary), if they aren't able to carry the necessary tools to do so.

Is this unconstitutional, or is it allowed?

This is all based on opinion. It depends on who you talk to. Some say its unconstitutional, Its like saying you have the constitutional right to free speech, but when you come here an buy a cup of coffee you can't say anything we disapprove of. Others say, the store owner is not prosecuting you, or putting you in jail. Restaurants have dress codes. Businesses operate on private property. They can make almost any rule they want that is not defined as discriminatory.

Works Cited

Berman, Jillian. "8 Companies That Have Actually Banned Guns." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/18/company-gun-bans_n_3948309.html>.

"Full Auto Is Legal | The Arms Guide." The Arms Guide. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. <http://thearmsguide.com/2349/full-auto-is-legal/>.

"United States Gun Death Data Visualization by Periscopic." U.S. Gun Deaths. Web. 25 Feb. 2015. <http://guns.periscopic.com/?year=2013>.