Gun Control And The Rights Issue

1490 Words Nov 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Gun control is a topic that has been discussed for many years now. Increasingly so with all of the mass gun violence that has been occurring recently such as the Orlando and San Bernardino shootings in 2015 and 16. Some view gun control as a crime issue and others view it as a rights issue. Either way, there are people that want more gun control and people that want less gun control. On both sides of the issue, opinions range from moderate to extreme. Should we put more restrictions on firearms, or should we have open carry and allow for anybody to have a firearm? These are a few questions that come up when gun control is brought into a conversation. Firearms are purchased for recreation, self-defense, and even just to exercise constitutional rights. However, firearms are often labeled as the reason that gun violence is occurring. Society benefits from firearms in the hands of responsible citizens. Attempts to keep firearms away from these citizens do more harm than good.
To understand how gun laws are put in place, one must first understand the politics of the issue and the problems that are to be addressed. There are two sides to this issue, pro-gun control and against gun control. Conservatives are against gun control. Conservatives believe that the country would be safer if there were open carry laws. On the other side of the spectrum, Liberals support firearm control. Liberals believe that if comprehensive background checks are put in place, it will weed out all of the…

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