Gun Control

Gun Control is an issue that many Americans are passionate about. There are large numbers of conservatives and liberals that consider gun control a no compromise issue, which has made compromise exceedingly difficult. The two sides not only differ on their positions on gun control, but they have different interpretations of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Liberals believe that the Second Amendment was written in a different time, long before the advent of modern rifles, at a time when America was facing a different set of issues. Liberals also believe that the Second Amendment grants state militias the right to bear arms, but not individuals. Because of this, they support additional gun control regulation which they believe will help reduce gun violence and limit criminal’s ability to obtain guns.

Conservatives, on the other hand, believe that the language in the Second Amendment gives the individual citizen the right to keep and bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed. Conservatives also believe that the Second Amendment was written as a defense against the threat of a tyrannical government coming to power. Conservatives believe that additional gun control does not reduce gun violence and only disarms law abiding citizens. Many republican voters believe that gun control is the most important issue facing voters.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "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."

You can read more on the gun control issue here:


• An outline of the history of gun control and the Second Amendment in the United States Supreme Court.
• The Roper Center for Public Opinion compiled a large amount of data on American attitudes towards gun control.
Wikipedia does a pretty good job of explaining the basics of The District of Columbia v. Heller, which was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the Second Amendment protects an individuals right to possess firearms for lawful purposes.
• Here you can find the latest data and reports on gun control from the Pew Research Center.
• NPR documented Donald Trump’s position on gun control while he addressed the National Rifle Association.
Hillary Clinton’s position on gun control from her campaign’s website.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports on firearm violence from 1993-2011
• Statistics on gun ownership in the United States compiled by gunpolicy.org
The Yale Law Journal published an article on how Second Amendment doctrine is largely becoming a localized issue.
• A summary of California’s firearms laws, which are considered to be some of the toughest in the nation.
• A revealing study on the effects of the assault weapons ban on crime statistics in the U.S.
The Annenberg Policy Center investigates President Barrack Obama’s claim that “states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths.”
NPR also researched gun numbers in America.