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Should Congress ban assault rifles?

The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has reignited the debate surrounding gun control in the United States, with Americans seeming more polarized on the issue now than ever. Many activists, including some survivors of the Florida shooting, are advocating for a congressional ban on assault rifles, while others argue that this action would infringe upon 2nd Amendment rights owed to all Americans. Should Congress ban assault rifles?

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Gun Control Debate After Sandy Hook Shootings

Why The AR-15 Is America's Rifle

Where The Supreme Court Stands On Gun Laws

Additional resources to think about

Loaded: History of Gun Control in America
From KQED, this timeline of gun control in the United States follows the change in laws from 1776 to 2016.

How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement
This New Yorker article follows the activism of the Parkland students lobbying for stricter gun restrictions in Florida.

Senators Murphy And Blumenthal Reintroduce Universal Gun Background Check Legislation
This WNPR interview with Senator Chris Murphy explores the legislative efforts the Connecticut senators have taken after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Students in Cody, WY Walked Out to Champion 2nd Amendment Rights 
This PBS NewsHour video from the Student Reporting Labs demonstrates why students at Cody High School staged a walk-out in favor of the 2nd amendment.

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