Modernized Gun Control

Myreia Enos, Junior Staff Writer

The Gun Control Act of 1968 was a law created to protect people and regulate guns. How far does the improper use of firearms need to go in order for this law to be enforced? As of the 31st of August, for a total of 1,554 victims, 335 have been reported dead as of the first of September, there have been a total of 287 mass shootings in the year of 2019. The Second Amendment states, “…the right to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” and yet the extent of gun use has gone far enough to challenge the Second Amendment. 

Modernized gun control can be a touchy subject, considering how some believe that it counteracts a citizen’s right to the Second Amendment. Although people of the United States have the right to possess a firearm, this does not mean that their right is limitless. Regulations have been placed, but they should further be enforced. A major federal gun law prohibits certain people groups, some of these being convicted felons, from purchasing and possessing firearms. The Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to gun ownership, but gun control protects a person’s right to live. 

As of 2019, there are no federal laws placed that prevents the ownership of military-grade weapons or semi-automatic assault weapons. There once were regulations against the possession of these firearms between the years of 1994 and 2004, but later became expired through