Controversy Regarding Gun Control in the U.S. Citizens and a Recent Supreme Court Case

By Minseung(Ritta) Choi

Published Date: 2021 / 12 / 11


According to the Pew Research Center, roughly 30% of U.S. adults claim that they own a gun in their household. The Second Amendment grants U.S. citizens the right to form a “militia,” or “a military force that is raised from the civil population.” Due to the Second Amendment, ordinary U.S. citizens could legally own guns in their households. The original purpose of the amendment was to make the citizens able to defend themselves from a superior evil, like a corrupt government. During the founding years of the United States, it was logical to grant the citizens “the right to bear arms,” since the colonies had achieved independence against the British government by forming a militia. However, with recent mass shootings and abuses of the Second Amendment, gun control remains a huge controversy.
Roughly 48% of the U.S. citizens view gun violence as a major problem, and roughly 53% believe that the United States needs stricter gun laws. While half of the population (49%) believes that stricter gun control would decrease the number of mass shootings, the other half claims that it would not.

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The recent Supreme Court case, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, deals with gun control outside of the household. The New York state law requires ordinary citizens to possess a license to carry handguns outside households. While gun-right supporters claim that the state law goes against the Second Amendment’s “right to bear arms,” gun-control advocates refute that the Second Amendment only mentions the right to possess firearms, and does not specify the right to carry them. The case was held on November 3rd, and is a Supreme Court representation of the raging gun control debate. The Supreme Court’s decision on this recent gun control court case will greatly impact gun-right supporters and gun-control advocates, as well as the gun right controversy in the United States.

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