The gun debate in the US has become more visible as a result of the increasing number of school shootings and mass shootings. The debate is between gun control activists and gun rights activists.
These two sides often disagree on how laws and court cases related to guns should be interpreted. They also have different takes on the effects of firearms rules on crime and public safety.
The debate is made possible by the vague language used in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution which states that: “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.” This makes it unclear whether the Constitution claims the right of all people to bear arms or only of a militia.