Gun Control and the Second Amendment

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Gun control and the Second Amendment

The United States Constitution says that U.S. Citizens have the

right to bear arms. Even though this guarantee was written with no

constraints, there are now laws that limit certain aspects of gun

ownership. The reasons for gun control fall under the flag of public

safety. Though there are many safety reasons why private ownership of

firearms should be banned, these arguments are outweighed not only by the

need for protection, but because the limitation of ownership rights could

become dangerous to personal freedom.

When the U.S. Constitution was written, some delegates thought

Militia was military forces because the Federal Government had its own army
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Not only is a gun dangerous to children, but the ammunition is

as well. A child could be seriously hurt by an exploding bullet which can

be set off by being hit by a rock, a nail, or being thrown into the

fireplace. Children are unpredictable and they do not know the effect of a

gun on themselves or their friends.

Having a gun in the house can also be dangerous because of

temperament, rage, and impulse because murder is usually a crime of passion.

"If you or someone in your family has a hot temper that leads to rather

violent reactions, you should not keep a gun around" (Cruit, 23). Guns are

an easy solution to problems in and enraged person's mind. They are quick

and clean and most of all impersonal. Enraged people are impulsive and

handguns make impulsive actions deadly. "In and all-too-typical case: A

retired railroad worker in San Francisco who bought a gun to protect

against muggers used it in 1982 to kill a neighbor in an argument over a

parking space" (Isaacson, 163).

A gun makes suicide easy and instantaneous. Thousands of people a

year commit suicide because of hopelessness and depression. "Although

there's no way of knowing if all these people would have taken their lives

by other means if a gun had been unavailable, it is reasonable to assume
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