Believe it or not, Gun Control has been around since the 1930’s. And during this time there have been many attempts, primarily aimed at the Second Amendment, to try and change the way Americans can own and use firearms. The history of this progression is actually quite fascinating and I wanted to share some of this with you in my post today.
There is a nice article written Breitbart that gave a historical review about the beginnings of gun control and where it is even today. The article, “CPAC 2015: The History of Gun Control,” provides many dates and accounts of how things have transpired over the years. I wanted to use this as the foundation for giving you the condensed version for easier reading and with some interesting facts about gun control.
Here are some chronological dates and some interesting facts about these dates to bring us to the present time and some of the latest issues surrounding this much talked about topic…
- 1871 – The NRA (National Rifle Association) started up for the purpose of training Americans in how to use firearms. It was widely embraced and accepted and was generally thought of as an important thing to learn during this time.
- 1934 – The first National Firearms Act was established…aimed at curbing the violence surrounding the Prohibition-era where gangsters ran the towns and violence was everywhere. This was also the first time the Second Amendment was significantly affected by placing licensing fees on certain firearms, such as fully automatic weapons. The intent was to price them out of reach of most Americans to curb their purchase. An interesting fact was that the proponents said this was a “one-time act to make the streets safe” and not an ongoing effort.
- 1968 – The Gun Control Act of 1968 surfaced after the street violence caused by race riots and the assassination of both President Kennedy and his brother Robert, and of course Martin Luther King. This was when the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) was really put into a position of power with the objective for them to control this type of violence.
- 1986 – The NRA spearheaded the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act designed to try and set limits on the “gun grabbers” at the time. But well into the ‘90s the lobbyists were relentless at trying to get handguns banned. This didn’t work so their attention was shifted to “partial bans” instead of complete bans on guns.
- 1994 – The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was put into place and was built as a “safety measure” for citizens. But an interesting aspect to this ban was that the name “assault weapon” was actually created for this law because before this it was a term no one recognized. It was a way to create fear among the public that there were “Assault Weapons” in their midst and they needed to be outlawed. But a provision in the law terminated it after a decade.
- 2014 – Initiative 594 in Washington State, created and supported by the billionaire community and others, targeted another angle to gun control…requiring background checks on everyone. This will surely reach other states and is yet another attempt to infringe on the Second Amendment
- 2014 – The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is now in the works with the idea that there should be a law that allows gun owners to carry a weapon across state lines without every state having a different way of interpreting the law. This is causing quite a stir among gun owners as well as gun control groups…the outcome is yet to be determined.
I hope this has helped give you a brief synopsis of some major events in the gun control and Second Amendment history in this country. One thing for sure…it isn’t over yet! Certainly will give me great content to continue writing about and sharing with you along the way!