There are more than 300,000,000 guns in the United States. Guns have claimed the lives of more American citizens than all the wars since the American revolution put together. With guns holding a unique place in the American psyche, should there be measures in place to limit gun ownership? What should these measures look like?
Only the police and the army should be permitted to own firearms.
A public health issue
Guns cause premature deaths. They should be treated as a public health problem.
It is every American's constitutional right to bear arms. The government has no right to limit gun ownership.
The power of the Second Amendment
Any limit would amount to a violation of the Second Amendment
The argument against automobiles
Automobiles kill more people every year than guns but we don't talk about banning them.
Good guys versus bad guys
Bad guys can always have access to guns even if it’s illegal. So you have to allow good guys to buy guns to defend themselves.
The Second Amendment doesn't grant unlimited rights. The government can limit ownership in some cases.
A bump stock ban
Bump stocks, which effectively turn a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic weapon, should be prohibited.
Only with mandatory training
All gun owners should be effectively trained on how to be a responsible gun owner
Gun ownership should be limited to over 21s
Only those over the age of 21 should be permitted to own a firearm
Assault weapons should be banned
With no application in hunting, assault weapons should not be available to civilians
A waiting period
Many states have set waiting periods before prospective gun owners are given access to a gun.
Stringent background checks
Your eligibility to own a weapon should be decided by your past actions.
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