A warm ray of light, shining past sheer white curtains, hit the face of a heavy-eyed Colonial man. Now awake, he swiftly exchanged his over-worn Bayan for his usual trousers and top coat before heading out to town. Grabbing a small loaf of bread, he walked past the wooden entrance to his home and started his path to work. As he scuffled his feet along the dirt road, a thought started creeping from the back of his mind. As the memory came to be clear, a sensation of panic consumed his body which led to his stomach dropping and a cold sweat rushing through his very core. Face flushed and clammy palms, he recalled his Colonial wife aggressively demanding meat for the table this week. “As the wife of a Banqueter, I expect to have a proper …show more content…
Even if guns were obtained, the intruder or enemy would have been bludgeoned to death before the gun could be properly loaded. According to an interview of Bellesiles, he argues that America’s extreme gun culture gained popularity during the 1930s, when a hunting subculture was created for and represented by the “elite” in popular gun enthusiast magazines. Which leads to the gun control dispute of modern day people, who are most likely sitting at home, typing their POV’s on a social media website for an amendment that seems more unnecessary now then it was during the forefathers lifetimes. While researching pros and cons for gun control, there seems to be a trend of 3 main topics consisting of criminals, self-defense, and safety.
The most popular purpose of gun ownership is to provide the average citizen an opportunity to fend off potentially dangerous criminals. The Libertarian Party stated, "A responsible, well-armed and trained citizenry is the best protection against domestic crime and the threat of foreign invasion." Which leads to the idea that Gun control laws would prevent citizens from protecting themselves. Furthermore, this same thought could supposedly be used in other situations such as mass shootings. Could an armed civilian, free of gun control, have the potential to stop a
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On average, there is a shooting throughout the country where the victim was left defenseless each day. even with strict gun control laws set in by the federal government, many Americans still have faith in our second amendment. Gun control is proven ineffective, According to Richard Epstein of the New york University of Law, “We can confidently predict that crime will go up unless and until there is a vast expansion of the public police force.” (Epstein 1). While gun control law are in place there are still too many guns for the federal government to keep track of within the country, Richard Epstein states that “upwards of 200 million firearms of all descriptions are available for general use in the United States.” (Epstein 2). With recent
Gun control is a vital necessity to the welfare of our nation. Many people out there are supporting the “anti- gun control cause” with the excuse of “self-defense”. I believe that not everyone will handle a gun for self-defense. The possession of a gun is a sign of power. One of the bigger ambitions that one has is to have power and the easier it is to obtain a gun; the faster a criminal will gain power over an innocent person. When one is in possession of a gun, that person has complete control of their actions and may act upon the weapon however the person may please even if they know that their action will cause harm to defense-less people. There are many deaths caused by guns out there that could
There have been many times where people in stores, at house and even in the streets have done self protection with the usage of guns. 9 out of 10 times a criminal is going to flee the place if he or she notices that person with a gun. A victim of rape, Kimberly Corban, ask Obama in a press conference of how she is suppose to protect herself and her children if another accident happens. Another example of how owning firearms are a key part of self protection is how they can can scare people off that put you in danger. A man from Texas, James Gerow, woke up hearing an intruder in his house. He quickly walked out of his room noticing a man wearing a dark hoodie how shouldnt have been in his house. James grabbed his gun and chased the man outside where the cops have arrived and took the criminal to the nearest prison available. Therefore, many people use guns to protect themselves. James used the gun for self protection and he did not shoot at the intruder. This means if the usage of guns is taken away from the people that live in the United States how are they suppose to protect
“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.” These are the famous words drafted by the founding fathers into the Bill of Rights. This particular amendment has since then been a major part of American culture. Through the second amendment it has given American citizens freedom to buy firearms of any sort: AR-15s, AK-47s, handguns, and the like for self-defense. However, in light of the most recent mass shootings, people have felt that it is time to change if not regulate the freedom the second amendment grants. That is to say that some believe that there needs to be a solution to reduce if not end the gun violence in America by regulating and restricting the access to weapons meant for the police and military by American civilians. Ultimately, the solution to this social problem of gun violence in America is gun control. What is gun control exactly? From an extreme conservative's perspective, gun control is a means of disarming the public and infringing the right the second amendment grants Americans. What this point of view fails to take into account is that gun control is not about infringing on any right or disarming American civilians. It is about restricting the access and sales of deadly firearms to potential felons who have the capability of using them to commit mass murder. Furthermore, what some do not realize is that the second amendment was written in
Furthermore, opponents on gun restrictions argue that, the government should not control gun ownership to the extreme, but give them freedom town guns since it is their constitutional right. They argue that, gun control does not help reduce crimes; instead, gun related crimes will likely go up. According to them, criminals to steal and even murder will target helpless citizens without firearm. However, if they are allowed to use guns, this will be the most effective way of self-defense (Carter 102). Therefore, all citizens
Gun control laws should regulate production, distribution, ownership and use of firearms by civilians. Gun control laws are not intended to dispossess law abiding citizens of licensed firearms but to intervene on reckless use of firearms that cause harm to the public. Gun control should also make it difficult for criminals to access firearms. Armed civilians have in many instances deterred acts of crime from being instigated by scaring away criminals. Nonetheless, gun laws can only be described as immensely lax. This essay seeks to argue for the enactment of strict gun control laws by highlighting the dangers posed by guns in the hands of members of the public.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads, "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." The right to bear arms is not just a right given to American citizens by our forefathers, it is a God given right. In response to recent mass murders involving firearms, gun control advocates have heightened the urgency to increase gun control laws. Ever since Eve took a bite of the forbidden apple, evil has existed in the world, however it is of paramount importance to realize who the real culprits of these evils are; guns are not to blame. Just as spoons do not make people fat and pencils do not do math problems wrong, guns do not kill people. People kill people. According to Steve Nolan, Co-Founder of SurvivalWeek.com and publisher of The Beacon, American gun owners use their guns almost 2.5 million times per year to ward off criminal attacks. Often times, a gun does not even have to be fired to scare away an attacker. In the event of a robbery, most criminals will flee simply at the threat of being shot. We continually hear about the evil that guns cause and the detriment to society that gun owners are, however, the media fails to mention the tremendous amount of lives saved by guns being used defensively. When 2.5 million lives are saved annually as opposed to the 11,000 lost annually due to gun related homicides, it is clear that
In looking over how gun control single handily affects crime, advocates of gun control continue to argue that restrictions on firearm accessibility, handguns in particular can reduce the rate of firearm-related crimes, suicides, and accidental deaths.. People that oppose gun control argue that it won’t reduce crime, because it would embolden criminals, who manages to secure firearms, to attack citizens whom are to be believed unarmed. When it comes to debating the issue as to whether or not gun control is constitutional, the focus is mainly on the Second Amendment and it’s what it means. Gun-control advocates argue that the Second Amendment refers only to the arming of a State militia and cite court cases that have offered this interpretation. Gun-control opponents maintain that the "right to bear arms" is guaranteed not only to members of a State militia but also to every citizen. In debating whether or not gun ownership is an effective means of self-defense, opponents of gun control use situations where as gun ownership stopped or prevented a crime from happening. Gun- control advocates tend to use statistics that show a gun in the home place is more likely to kill a family member rather than its intended purpose.
Imagine somebody breaking into your home with the intentions of hurting you and your family and trying to take all your valuables that you own in your house, and not having anything to protect your loved ones. Without the protection of a firearm, the intruder could injure or kill all members within the household easily. In the United States, according to the Bill of Rights, a citizen has the right to bear arms, however, recently people have started to believe that guns only incite violence and therefore gun laws need to be more strict. Although, If you own the firearm for the right reasons and go through the process of having a carrying license, then that is within your rights to protect yourself and be able to own the gun. Therefore,
Furthermore, according to Gunowners.org, Gary Kleck’s book, who is a professor in the school of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee, implies that guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self defense, which means that each year firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.” Gunowners.org also adds, as reported by the National Safety Council, “Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.” This proves how citizens are more likely to use guns in case of self defense, and if the gun is needed it is most often used just to scare the criminal away. When debating if concealed-carry should be allowed, it should be considered that law-abiding citizens know how to use guns with common sense. In the final analysis, even if it is proclaimed that if one allows guns in certain places it will end up with guns in the hands of criminals, it is quite easy to see people have been given the right to possess guns, therefore one may use it in case of an
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, and hearing sounds coming from downstairs. You know you should be alone, but there is someone else inside your house. What do you do? Would you call the police? The truth is, they would not be able to help you. You are all alone, and you have to be able to defend yourself. People need guns to defend themselves and those around them.
The right to bear arms is believed to have been intended to allow citizens to arm themselves and overthrow the government if it ever were to break the constitution or become a tyranny. While that still holds true today, guns have become a far more integral part of life and the protection of ones property. Those in opposition to gun control argue that guns are necessary to defend their homes and their lives. These people “acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen's God-given right of self-defense” (Republican Party on Gun Control). A level playing field, and armed civilians offers the opportunity to protect property and stop these mass shootings before they get out of hand. Take the Dark Knight shooting in Aurora Colorado. Perhaps somebody in that theater has a CCW (Concealed Weapon Carry Permit), and when the shooting began, he fired back and wounded the attacker, possibly saving multiple lives. Another belief of gun control opposition is that disarming civilians gives an advantage to criminals. Criminals by definition break the law, if a man plans on committing mass murder, he will simply go outside legal means to find a weapon. Therefore civilians are now disarmed against illegally armed attackers. Perhaps more guns would make criminals rethink robbing that store or attacking someone. For example, Switzerland has the most guns
Civilian gun ownership has been debated, banned, allowed, and limited for as long as firearms have been used as a weapon against another human. Many arguments have been proposed over time about why civilians should, or should not be afforded the right to bear arms. What seems to be the most common modern opposition is that there is truly no need for civilians to own a gun, in this day and age. Many who oppose guns simply think less guns, less gun violence. However, Americans have always had the right to bear arms. There are millions of law abiding Americans that use the right to bear arms for various reasons, including: hunting, sport shooting, self-defense, and the simple reason of they can. Whatever the reason for, or against the right to bear arms there is still a looming issue in America, and that issue is gun violence. 2014 statistics show that “67.9 percent” of murders, along with “40.3 percent of robberies, and 22.5 percent of aggravated assaults” that were committed in America were done so with a firearm of some sort (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2014). A go-to solution for this is to create stricter gun legislation in an effort to limit who can sell, purchase, own, and carry firearms. As well as, what guns and gun accessories can be bought, sold, and possessed. All in an effort to reduce gun violence. However, gun control is not the solution to gun violence because gun bans only harm law abiding citizens, gun laws
One of the most popular reasons for anyone owning a firearm is self-defense. The general consensus is that: having a conceal-to-carry firearm, a firearm in one’s car, or even a firearm in one’s home tends make people feel more safe even if they don’t have proper training in firearm use. Guns do just that, provide a sense of security in case there is ever an intruder or the off chance of an attack. Most people don’t agree with gun control laws because they feel it would intrude on their right to self-defense and take away any chance of security they could get from owning a firearm. The flaw in this argument is that guns are hardly ever used for self-defense. The majority of people that own a gun in home invasions or robberies cannot use a gun properly or don’t use their firearm in the event that self-defense would be necessary. If the firearm does come into play then there is a much higher chance of it misfiring and harming the person it was meant to defend instead of the attacker due to improper use and/or knowledge of firearms and firearm safety. More people are killed by the misuse, misfiring, or improper use of a firearm than there are people killed in cases of self-defense against an attacker.
The banning of guns at the hands of the American government would leave law-abiding citizens defenseless against armed thieves. In America, many criminals use guns to commit an inconsiderable amount of crimes, such as murder and robbery. To prepare for a worst-case scenario, people who have a gun license arm themselves with multiple firearms to protect their families. By arming themselves, gun owners feel some sense of security, should they be involved in a gun-related incident. In the article “The NRA Is Right, But We Still Need to Ban Handguns,” the author states that “One tenet of the National Rifle Association’s faith has always been that handgun controls do little to stop criminals from obtaining handguns” (Sugarmann). If the