Essay on Gun Violence: Should We or Shouldn't We

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Gun Violence: Should We or Shouldn’t We?
The issue of gun control has been a very important topic following the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings just last year. We all feel compassionate for the families of these Americans whose lives were taken in the most horrifying way. We are all too familiar with the saying “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” my goal is to find some validity to this statement. The most prevalent question is whether the problem is the access to the gun or the person with access to the trigger. The answer to this I will soon come to but as of now let’s focus on the issue at hand. Crimes resulting in death would be reduced if the purchase of guns could only be made
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Instead, they call for increased focus on mental health and cultural influences, such as violent video games as a way to address the problem.” (Gun8). Now don’t get me wrong, adjusting such laws won’t be a bad thing but it can’t be the solution on its own.
Mr. Harry Henderson, author of the book Gun Control, states “But to most gun advocates, gun ownership is not a mere privilege; it is a right, as freedom of speech or of the press” (7). According to the Constitution of the United States, Americans have the right to legally possess and carry a gun. Although some may feel that gun ownership is a right it is also one not to be taken lightly. The Honorable Ted Cruz stated during the Should Congress Pass Stronger Gun Laws Judiciary Committee hearing “instead of passing ineffective show legislation – sound and fury, signifying nothing – we should be acting to deter and punish violent criminals and to prevent those with dangerous mental illness from illegally acquiring firearms.” (21). It seems gun control advocates only solution is to outlaw guns completely but if you outlaw guns as a whole you leave those who don’t need access to guns with total access. In other words, if guns were made illegal they would still be accessible due to the private sales or black market, leaving the rest of the world completely defenseless. “We need to be honest about what works and what doesn’t work. Proposals that would only serve to burden the law-abiding

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