Gun control is a hotly contested issue that has gripped the United States public discourse, with both sides voicing their opinions with great fervor. At its core is a fundamental debate about how to interpret and implement the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution. This amendment details that the citizens of the country have the right to bear arms. Activists for gun rights worry that a wave of gun control legislation on the state level will eventually lead to abuses in federal power. The concern is that an individuals right to own guns will be taken away, and with that the basic ability to defend him or herself and their families. And while the type of legislation passed in states like New York has not been passed on a federal level, this has not stopped the discussion from reaching a fever pitch. Those in favor of tougher laws cite gun control statistics which indicate that decreased murder rates and an overall lack of gun violence in top European countries and Japan are due to stricter laws on guns. Here in the United States, gun control advocates call for such measures as a ban on guns that are labeled assault rifles, as well as a limit on the number of rounds that a guns magazine can hold. Leave your comments in the forum for a thoughtful and civil discussion on the subject of gun control in the United States.
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