Gun Control


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Gun control has proved to be an emotional topic in the United States today. Emotions of anxiety and fear have been whipped by various cases of lone shooters and mass shootings, which have claimed hundreds of lives.  In addition, statistics reveals that gun violence claims more lives than terrorism activities annually. Historically, gun control is tied to Second Amendment that grants individuals’ rights to bear arms (Doherty74). Americans consider it their constitutional rights to bear arms, but progressive voices question the validity of this right in light of the ensuing gun violence. In 1976, the District of Columbia city council passed the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975. However, the law was shortly lived as it was overturned by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 555 U.S 570(2008). This case clearly illustrates the application of the doctrine of separation of powers.