Gun Control and the Bill of Rights Essay

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George Mason, a co-author of the Bill of Rights, said “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them” If this is true, why would anyone try to ban firearms in the U.S? Guns have been a part of American history since we declared independence from Britain in 1776. Many people believe that removing weapons from the hands of citizens is the only way to stop criminals from shooting down people at malls and kids at schools, but this is not the case. Outlawing guns is not the answer for effectively reducing gun crime.
According to Wikipedia, a firearm is a portable gun, being a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles often driven by the action of an explosive force. The first firearms were invented in China during the 13th century, called “fire lances”. They were used by peasants to defend cities because they were very cheap to make. Eventually, weapons that could be fired more than once were created. During the American Revolution, we used barrel loading muskets to fight off the British. Now, current technology lets us fire many bullets in rapid succession, know as an automatic weapon. Many countries before us have tried to control guns and put strict laws and regulations or even banning them altogether. Soviet Russia banned weapons in 1929 and from 1929 to 1953 approximately 20 million unarmed protesters were gathered up and killed. The same thing happened in Turkey in 1915, Germany during the holocaust, China during the reign of…