A point of pride for some and a source of fear for others, guns continue to ignite sharp debates in our society.
Those who enter must surrender any cell phones, tablets or cameras, remove caps and pass through a metal detector. Weapons are kept in locked glass cases, unlike many of the 50,plus U. Legally getting your hands on one, however, requires clearing a series of bureaucratic hurdles far stricter than in the U.
According to army records, the store sold guns in Forsales had risen to 10, an increase reflecting the rise in concern about personal safety during a surge in violent deaths in Mexico.
The country recorded more thankillings between andaccording to official statistics. Although gun ownership is enshrined in the constitution, the provision also empowers the government to regulate the types of weapons that are permitted and under what conditions.
Mexicans can legally purchase one handgun for home protection, while members of hunting or shooting clubs can acquire up to nine rifles of no more than. But unlike those who run U. On a recent day, Mexico City resident Alejandro Lozano came to pick up a hunting rifle after waiting about a week while his documents were processed.
He said he keeps a handgun at home, but wishes he could legally carry it to protect himself from violent robberies targeting bus passengers, motorists at stoplights and customers emerging from banks and ATMs. Luciano Segurajauregui Alvarez, a gun advocate who shoots recreationally and competitively, said those permits are routinely denied.
He called that idiotic.
Gun advocates say relaxing gun restrictions would help private citizens protect themselves from heavily armed gangs that terrorize and extort people in various parts of the country.
Many Mexicans perceive government security forces as unable to do that job, and often actually being in cahoots with the cartels.
Yet, while Mexico has a homicide rate more than five times higher than in the U. That carrying guns is seen as a major human right is bizarre. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There are no current statistics on the number of weapons held by Mexicans.
On the black market, buyers get access to the same kind of high-caliber weapons used by cartels and can avoid paperwork, waiting periods and travel. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.Library > Bill of Rights • History • That's Not What They Meant by Wayne LaPierre • The Second Amendment History: A Drafting and Ratification of the Bill of Rights in the Colonial Period: As heirs to the majestic constitutional history of England, the intellectual and political leaders of the new Colonies intended nothing less than to incorporate into their .
Why People Own Weapons To start, I believe in the right of citizens to be armed. I own what others in this country call “weapons of war,” and to me this is the only appropriate way of things. Switzerland doesn't require its citizens to own guns.
Guns are regulated in three classes and there is mandatory military service for able-bodied men. Some people own a gun right now, while others are looking for one to buy.
One thing is sure, during a crisis or in a society where rules no longer apply you will not survive without a firearm. You will need to be able and take care of yourself and your loved ones, to be prepared for whatever.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "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." Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment's intended scope.
Although decades of electoral defeats have moderated the gun-control movement’s stated goals, advocates still deny that individual Americans have any constitutional right to own guns.