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Erynn Reitmayer November 12 Gun Control The Debate Rages On Gun control is a major issue in the United States widely debated but still undecided While many people argue that the US should get on board with the rest of the worlds democratic industrialized nations many pro-gun lobbyists strongly protest the strict gun control of countries like Japan and Britain However a nation like Canada very similar in many ways to our American brethren could conceivably lend our gun control laws south of the border The question is would our Canadian gun control work down in the States or is it simply a lost cause with too many points of view to ever reach a conclusion One of the major points of debate in the gun control issue is the second amendment This well known contribution to the American constitution was added in 1791 and states 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 Robert Longley Gun Control Timeline This is the soap box upon which many pro-gun generally conservative groups stand claiming that the gun control legislation proposed by the anti-American anti-gun liberals infringes on their rights as outlined in the constitution As the debate rages on America remains more or less a gun-crazy nation and experts have started to question what the reasoning behind the gun infatuation is A very likely and possible connection is the image of the American forefathers Many American citizens grow up with the Davy Crockett hero image of their settling ancestors gun toting independent and righteous It wasnt until the 1960s that people began to call this image into question For many Americans this iconic frontiersman was redefined into a gun happy madman Debates related to gun control well into the 1990s often make reference back to this time in the 60s of the redefinition of
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