Gun Control in the United States
Doctoral Student in American Politics, Division of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University, 150 E.10th St Claremont CA, 91711, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Victor H Division of Politics and Economics
Claremont Graduate University, 150 E.10th St Claremont CA, 91711, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 06, 2016; Accepted Date: June 09, 2016; Published Date: June 11, 2016
Citation: Haynes V (2016) Gun Control in the United States. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 4:206. doi:10.4172/2332-0761.1000206
Copyright: © 2016 Haynes V. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Guns in the United States are viewed as a sacred emblem to its independence from Great Britain. Recent mass shootings have reignited the gun-control/rights debate in the US. Gun violence can be described as the use of firearms to cause terror through harm or death to an individual or groups of people. It has claimed many innocent peoples’ lives thus resulting in national tragedies in the U.S. The main issue lies in the ownership and issuances of unlicensed guns. Some argue that in order for the crime rates due to gun violence to decline, the U.S. government needs to directly control the distribution of guns. The 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that,“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (U.S. Const. Am. 2). Those who read the Constitution with a loose interpretation believe that gun control is not unconstitutional, however, those who read the Constitution with a strict interpretation believe that gun control would prohibit people from excercising their 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the scholarship on gun control by examining public opinion polls in the U.S., the ideological divide between advocates for gun control and gun rights, race and racial attitudes, self-interest theory, contemporary mass shootings and the future of gun control.