Biden Era: Administration’s Top Priority on Gun Control and Safety is a Ban on “Assault Weapons”
Written by A.M. Ray aka Jamm on April 24, 2023
In recent years, gun violence has become a major issue in America, with incidents of mass shootings and daily gun violence affecting communities across the country. As a response to this issue, Washington State passed a measure to ban assault weapons, sparking a heated debate over the balance between individual rights and public safety. The ban on assault weapons is a key component of President Joe Biden’s plan to address gun violence, as outlined on his official website, https://joebiden.com/gunsafety.
The measure to ban assault weapons in Washington State has been met with both support and opposition. Supporters of the ban argue that assault weapons are not necessary for hunting or self-defense and that they have been used in numerous mass shootings. They believe that banning these weapons is a necessary step towards reducing gun violence and keeping communities safe. AP NEWS
Those who oppose the ban argue that it infringes on their 2nd Amendment rights, which protect their right to bear arms. They also argue that banning assault weapons will not prevent gun violence and that law-abiding citizens should not be punished for the actions of criminals. They point out that there are already laws in place that prohibit the use of firearms in the commission of a crime, and that these laws should be enforced instead of restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens.
The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right of citizens to bear arms. This right has been upheld by the Supreme Court in several landmark cases, including District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 and McDonald v. Chicago in 2010. These cases established that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a firearm for lawful purposes, such as self-defense in the home.
However, the 2nd Amendment is not an unlimited right. The Supreme Court has also upheld laws that regulate the possession and use of firearms, such as laws that prohibit felons from owning firearms and laws that require background checks for gun purchases. The debate over the ban on assault weapons is therefore not simply a matter of individual rights, but also a matter of public safety and the regulation of firearms.
Assault weapons are firearms that are designed for rapid fire and high-capacity ammunition. They have been used in several mass shootings in recent years, including the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Pulse nightclub, and Las Vegas. The ban on assault weapons would prohibit the manufacture and sale of these weapons, as well as a buyback program for those who currently own them.
AmericanProgress.org Proponents of the ban argue that assault weapons have no place in civilian hands, and that their only purpose is to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They argue that the ban on assault weapons is a necessary step towards reducing gun violence and keeping communities safe.
Opponents of the ban argue that it will not prevent gun violence, as criminals will still be able to obtain weapons illegally. They also argue that the ban will infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens who use these weapons for legitimate purposes, such as hunting and sport shooting.
In addition to the ban on assault weapons, there are other measures that can be taken to prevent criminals and people who are not mentally sound from obtaining guns. These measures include universal background checks for all gun purchases, closing loopholes that allow for the purchase of guns without a background check, and implementing red flag laws that allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from individuals who are deemed a threat to themselves or others.
These measures have been shown to be effective in reducing gun violence in other countries and in states that have implemented them. They are not a violation of the 2nd Amendment, as they still allow law-abiding citizens to own firearms while preventing those who would use them to commit acts of violence from obtaining them.
While the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms, it is important to balance this right with the need for public safety. While the ban on assault weapons is a measure that has been proposed to address the issue of gun violence in America, there are varying opinions on its effectiveness and the potential infringement on individual rights. Additional measures, such as universal background checks and red flag laws, are also necessary to prevent criminals and people who are not mentally sound from obtaining guns. By taking a comprehensive and fair approach to gun control, we can work towards a safer and more secure society for all.