Gun Control: - S.150 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

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Gun Control: - S.150 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

Connecticut December 2012, a Bushmaster AR-15 assault weapon was involved in the deaths of twenty children. Colorado, an AR-15 assault rifle was involved in the killing of twelve innocent civilians at a movie theater. A TEC-DC 9, Hi-Point 995 Carbin, and a Savage 67H shotgun involved in killing eleven high school students along with one high school teacher in Colorado. The fundamental question here, is that why are such powerful assault weapons in the hands of civilians? Most Americans are against the possession of assault weapons in the hands of the civilians. Established in 1791, The 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights gives citizens the right to bear arms. The founding fathers had intended for American citizens to have the right to bear arms to protect themselves from a tyrannical government regime. Which was a legitimate concern during that time period that does not uphold presently. However, throughout history the American government makes changes to the constitution as the country goes through economic expansion and technological progress. A fine example is the 1965 voting act, which outlawed discriminatory voting. It was indeed a necessary and important act implemented to uphold the ideal of equality among all American citizens.

As time and circumstances change, so must the terms and conditions that govern them. Essentially, the interpretation of the constitution must change to some extent. The American society that is being cultivated up to this point in today’s time is morally and practically very different from the society that existed at the time when the constitution was written. Since the violence, division, and threat in today’s American society have most definitely presented new circumstances and challenges in the country. Assault weapons are defined…...

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