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Gun Control: A Terrible Idea

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Gun Control: A Terrible Idea "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" (Right 1). This is what is written in the second amendment of the American constitution, which is part of the bill of rights. So how can the U.S. Federal Government decide to ignore the American constitutional right and decide they can take away the guns of American citizens? The Democratic party, founded by Andrew Jackson, has changed over the years. The ideals of this party originated as the party of the people since it protected the rights of ordinary Americans. In 2016, the party has changed completely because Democratic leaders such as President Barack Obama…show more content…
To start off, the United States Government should not inflict new gun control laws because Thomas Jefferson would not support this. According to Gary Lantz, ¨Jefferson made it clear during the debate over the proposed Virginia Constitution that as far as he was concerned, "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms...." (Lantz 2). Thomas Jefferson believed that one cannot be a free man if one does not have the right to own a gun. If Thomas Jefferson, the founder of American democracy, believed that the American people have the right to bear arms, then the federal government shall not change his decision. Next, the United States Government should not inflict new gun control laws because the founding fathers would be ashamed of the government today for even considering taking away Americans’ guns. According to Gary Lantz, ¨Men like Madison, [George] Mason or Jefferson would not appreciate today's tendencies to replace personal responsibility with bureaucratic mandates. They would be ashamed of leaders who insist that police or professional soldiers are available for public protection. As Madison pointed out, it is also necessary sometimes for the private citizen to protect himself from the professional bearer of arms.¨ (Lantz 3). The founding fathers would not agree with some of the leaders’ stances on how to solve gun…show more content…
To start off, the left is wrong about gun control laws prevent school shootings because gun control laws will not dictate if the school shooter buys a gun. According to Steve Chapman, a columnist from the Chicago Tribune, ¨Fewer people currently believe that tighter gun control laws will address the root causes of school violence. In the past most school shooting incidents have been followed by calls for stronger gun control legislation. However, advocates for gun control have been much less vocal in the aftermath of recent school shootings. Many now understand that school shootings are extremely rare and that strict gun control laws do not prevent school shooters from obtaining guns¨ (Chapman 1). Gun control laws cannot control if a school shooter steals someone else’s gun or gets a gun from the mob. To prevent school shootings, the schools should hire security guards and have locked, secure doors with bulletproof windows instead of the federal government passing gun control laws. Additionally, the left is wrong about gun control laws reducing gun violence because statistics have proven that cities with more gun control laws tend to have more violence. Guns and Violence
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