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Gun Control Being a Racial Controversy

Gun violence is one of the most serious problems in the United States. Each year in the

US., more than 35,000 people are killed by guns, a death rate much higher than that in any

other industrial nations. In 1997, approximately 70 percent of the murders in the United

States were committed with guns. However, the United States also is the country that has

the most gun control laws. Gun control laws generally focus on passing legislation to

restrict legal ownership of certain firearms. Gun control laws may decrease criminal's

access to guns, but in fact the same laws also have their negative effects. The controversy

over gun control is always heated. Looking closely at those gun control laws and their

enforcement, we can not only see the criminal problem in america, but also another

important social problem in America which is racial discrimination.

The racial problem of gun control has raised attention of some American

scholars in the U.S. For example, a black man, General Lancy, who is the founder of a

little organization known as the National Black Sportsman's Association, often called "the

black gun lobby  said when asked his opinion of gun control: "Gun control is really race

control. People who embrace gun control are really racists in nature. All gun laws have

been enacted to control certain classes of people, mainly black people . Some white men

have said almost the same thing. Investigative reporter Robert Sherrill concluded in his

book The Saturday Night Special that the object of the Gun Control Act of 1968 was

black control rather than gun control. Congress passed the act to "shut off weapons access

to blacks, and since congress probably associated cheap guns with ghetto blacks and

thought cheapness was uncommonly the characteristic of imported military surplus and the

mail order traffic, they decided to cut off these sources while leaving over

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