Gun Control And The American People

1236 Words May 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Gun Control and the American People: Should Gun Control Measures Be Stricter? There have been many highly publicized gun-related incidents, such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, that have renewed that call for even stricter gun control measures for both politicians and members of the media. The push for greater controls on firearms is bad policy with regards to the protection of our rights as U.S. citizens, our safety from those mean us harm, and the maintenance of an important economic market for providing legal firearms for both sport and protection. Rather than making gun ownership harder for law abiding U.S. citizens, we should be more aggressively enforcing the gun-related laws currently in place, while looking for ways to make legal gun ownership less complicated and burdensome. This will help protect the constitutional freedoms of future generations while making us safer now.
The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights established for citizens of the new United States of America. The founding fathers thought that the right to bear arms was so important in the creation and perpetuation of a free nation that they made it second only to the rights of freedom of religion, free speech, freedom of the press and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” as provided for in the First Amendment. (LII). Having won their freedom only eight years…
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