Gun Control in America Essay

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Gun Control in America


The American Constitution and the Bill of Rights are amazing documents in their wording. Its writers showed astonishing foresight in some ways, and understanding that they could not accurately predict the future in others. These documents grant specific and vague powers to different departments of the Federal Government. The wording allows for changes to be made in its content and interpretation. One example of all these qualities, is the Second Amendment, and its interpretation has caused heated debate in recent years.

With the shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas on March 25, 1998, the debate on gun control will step forward again. The suspects, aged 11 and 13, knew enough about guns to kill five and wound ten
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This may seem puzzling to some, due to the stastics on crime an incarceration, but some people may forget that black on black crime is a large percentage of the crime that blacks commit.

This type of thinking leads to the next difference on gun control. The North, (more cities), and the South, (more rural), are polar opposites in their point of view. The North favors control, and the South is against it. These numbers are a near perfect mirror for city and country opinions, respectively. These opinions reflect the higher crime rates in the Northern states and cities, and the cultural differences within the United States. The guns are also treated differently in the different regions. The North has guns basically at home, and the South has them in cars, at work, and on their person.

Some pro-gun groups use the phrase, Abanning of guns@, as a way to prevent gun control. Americans do believe in the right to own guns by about a 2:1 ratio. Many also believe in some form of Federal regulation. A good parallel is to a drivers license. Due to their nature, guns can not be completely safe, but with proper training, the risks can be greatly reduced. A first time driver could learn to drive during the New York City rush hour, but the risk that he/she may hurt or kill someone would be greatly increased. The proper training and licensing helps the danger to all decrease. Should the same be done with guns?

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