Banning Assault Weapons Essay

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Arguing a Position Essay: Banning Assault Weapons and Large Capacity Magazines The issue of banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines has been debated for years, but has never been discussed with such urgency as it is now. The issue is the banning of assault weapons in our society. Are we the kind of country that allows and encourages its citizens to own weapons of mass destruction? The moral issue we face is banning ownership of these weapons to ordinary citizens while protecting their rights under the second amendment of our Constitution. Considering the bloodshed and death that assault weapons cause in the hands of citizens and criminals, it seems to me that assault weapons do not have a place in our homes and society.…show more content…
The U.S. government cannot justify allowing anyone to have access to these weapons either. The benefit of a semi-automatic or automatic weapon is to be able to kill more people, not to be able to kill one person faster. So criminals have a bigger advantage by using these guns than law-abiding citizens (Koper and Roth 2). And people using assault weapons for self-defense in their home take ridiculous risks. Shotguns and pistols will scare or eliminate an intruder without taking those risks. Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police says, “An AK-47 fires a military round. In a regular home with dry-wall walls, I wouldn't be surprised if it went through six of them” (Roleff 3). This means that innocent children and adults hiding or sleeping in other rooms could be killed. What are these assault weapons and what makes them so dangerous? This is important to clear up because there are so many different types of weapons with different mechanisms and abilities for taking many lives quickly and brutally. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) assault weapons are types of semiautomatic and automatic weapons. Semiautomatic firearms shoot one round per single pull of the trigger. After the trigger is pulled and the bullet fired, the ammunition cartridge automatically reloads for the next shot (Study on Sporting 16). The
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