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Gun Control In general the United States represents a very sharp end of the spectrum as far as gun control policies are concerned The United States has the loosest control of private handgun ownership compared to Britain who has one of the strictest Comparing the position of pro-gun factions in the US such as the National Rifle Association NRA with the position of anti-gun movement is enlightening because the pro-gun control proponents in the US only fight for individuals to acknowledge that the Second Amendment is not unconditional and should be open to reasonable restrictions The pro-gun control groups in the US recognize the outcomes that are the consequences of guns in the hands of criminals or the mentally incompetent The current law that require background checks on all sales and transfers of guns was a reaction but not limited to to a mentally deranged man opening fire on school children When similar disasters happen one group will support stricter gun control while another group will go out and purchase guns in an effort to feel more secure The question that arises is should the US react by strengthening their gun control laws or should they terminate gun control all together THE PRO OR NRA POSITION The NRA has several slogans that sum up their philosophy quite concisely One such slogan is Guns dont kill People do The argument behind this slogan is that it is the people who make the weapon dangerous The ordinary citizen who buys a gun legally and registers it is the person most likely to use the weapon responsibly On the other hand it is generally believed that the criminal element will always be able to obtain guns To limit the access of the ordinary citizens is therefore seen as giving the criminal the advantage Actor and president of the National Rifle Association NRA Charlton Heston is a familiar face to all Americans Williams 10 Heston makes a
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