With mass shootings occurring across the country, and seemingly every other month, the gun control debate is likely to keep popping up in your social circles or among your family. Having a gun control timeline, and a more detailed understanding of events as they have happened over the years, can help you frame your arguments in the debate. Here are three major events in the history of gun control that are worth knowing.
- The Second Amendment On the gun control timeline, there are few events more significant than the establishment in the United States Constitution of the right to bear arms. In 1791 it was adopted with the Bill of Rights, and has been hotly debated in recent years as people believe that it needs to be reinterpreted.
- Coalition for Gun Control In 1989, the Montreal Massacre occurred at a polytechnic school, killing 14 women and spurring the creation of two gun control groups in Canada. The “Polytechnique” students and the Canadians for Gun Control formally merged in 1991 as the Coalition for Gun Control, which has been a strong voice for gun control in Canada ever since.
- Gabrielle Giffords In 2011, Gabrielle Giffords and 13 other people were shot at a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed, and Gabrielle Giffords herself was seriously injured. Giffords, a Democratic woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, thereafter became a gun control advocate. In general, Democrats on gun control have rarely all been aligned on one side or the other, but there is an expectation in more recent years for Democrats to side for gun control as most Republicans have sided for gun rights.
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