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Gun Control Essay

1987 words - 8 pages

The Deadly Date

The Deadly Debate

Gun Control has been at the forefront of many debates due to the increase of deadly shootings. Over the past several years, there have been multiple mass casualty shootings, and as the number of shootings increased, United States citizens began the debate of whether tighter gun control laws would prevent these shootings. In this debate, we will address the reasons supporting gun control and the reasons opposing gun control. Americans have a choice and this choice will be debated below.
America was founded on the principle of freedom and the rights of an individual to live in a nation built by the people, for the people. The government has begun ...view middle of the document...

If an individual were in a situation where their personal safety or the safety of their family was under threat they would feel differently about owning a personal firearm.
The bottom line is that it is our right as an American citizen to own guns. The state and federal government have no constitutional power to enforce gun control in America. The second amendment has no exception. It clearly states "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."("Cornell Legal Institute," 2014, p. 1). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this to mean that all U.S. citizens have the right to personal ownership of firearms in District of Columbia VS Heller in 2008("Cornell Legal Institute," 2014, p. 1). Americans have a reasonable right to protection for their family and personal property, to include immediate protection from armed criminals intending to do harm. According to article 1 section 8 of the Constitution there are no rights given to the government to regulate any form of gun control on an American citizen ("Cornell Law institute," 2013).
With or without gun control people will continue to commit crimes. Gun control is not a solution to the issue. It is an advantage and encouragement to violent criminals who use firearms to intimidate and murder law abiding citizens every day. We should always have the right to protect ourselves and others from the loss of life, limb and eyesight. This is a matter of common sense if we take away all of the privately owned firearms, then only the criminals will have guns. There is one thing I can meet half way with and that is the opposition on training. I believe all gun owners should be trained how to handle properly and store their weapon. I'm not endorsing a free for all gun carrying world, where people just walk around with guns. I believe an American who is willing to take on the responsibility of owning a firearm and properly train in order to protect themselves should be able to do that with no issues. We cannot have cut and dry gun bans in America that is ridiculous and lazy. We are a democratic society that can develop a proper system to ensure safely that our rights as Americans are protected and respected by our own government.
America was indeed founded on the principles of freedom. However, our rights to live in a nation built by the people and for the people does not mean one should ignore common sense. It would be unrealistic to think that the government should not have a say in regards to gun control. It is extreme to think that the government is attempting to take away our rights to bear arms when in actuality the government is trying to put in place common sense laws that will help our nation become more responsible gun owners and users. I do not agree that the government is trying attack our civil liberties in this area but are attempting to protect its' citizen by regulating the ownership and use of...

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