Arguments Against Gun Control

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Crime and guns. The two seem to go hand in hand with one another. But are the two really associated? Do guns necessarily lead to crime? And if so do laws placing restrictions on firearm ownership and use stop the crime or protect the citizens? These are the questions many citizens and lawmakers are asking themselves when setting about to create gun control laws. The debate over gun control, however, is nothing new. In 1924, Presidential Candidate, Robert La Follete said, “our choice is not merely to support or oppose gun control but to decide who can own which guns under what conditions.” Clearly this debate still goes on today and is the very reason for the formation of gun control laws.
In the United States of America, we as people have certain guaranteed rights, and one of those is the Second Amendment. This amendment has been a crucial issue throughout the history of this country and still continues to be of vital importance today. Another two major claims supporting gun control is that gun violence would be reduced and banning certain guns such as fully automatic assault rifles would lead to safer societies.
The Second Amendment 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.” Militia is defined: “as a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency.” When the constitution, obviously the framers didn’t foresee such a violent future and abuse of firearms. If they could have, they might of detailed this amendment a bit more specifically so there was no misunderstanding of the intentions. I think there is confusion with the message that gun control activists are trying to get across. We are not trying to strip Americans of their rights to “bear arms” but put into effect stricter regulations to obtain a gun and on the types of guns citizens should be able to own. Every individual has a right to own a gun but just because you can legally own a gun doesn’t automatically mean you have a right to go around shooting people. In 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court said that we have a constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense, at least within

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