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Four key dates that shaped the US gun debate

It’s one of the most divisive issues in American society, once again brought to the fore because of a deadly mass shooting.

So what is the basis for the right to bear arms?

And what key events have helped shape the debate?

  • Roland Hughes
  • BBC

Guns 1a Getty Images LLLLThe very beginning

15 December 1791

It makes sense to start with the date the Second Amendment to the US constitution was ratified. Here, 27 simple words set the path to gun ownership in the US.

“A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and…

The fact that the…

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