Persuasive Essay On Gun Control

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Gregory Orfalea’s unhinged sister took the life of their sixty-year-old father and then took her own. Needless to say, Orfalea has known a life of tragedy. Prior to this family disaster, Orfalea described himself as one “acquainted with guns” (17). He reminisced about using guns while “training to be an Army officer” and shooting “snowshoe hares” in Alaska (17). Now, however, Orfalea backs the gun control perspective because “the chance of that gun . . . saving you from harm from an intruding stranger is minuscule, while possession of a firearm doubles or even quadruples the odds of your being shot” (qtd. in Charles Branas’s 2009 study in the American Journal for Public Health 18). Many Americans sympathize with Orfalea’s position out of the fear that firearms in the wrong hands could endanger unsuspecting citizens. But others point to the Constitution to protect their right to own a gun from further regulation.
The lasting fear resulting from the considerable number of armed conflicts involving the United States explains the citizens’ urge to protect the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Second Amendment states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. This amendment is also the basis of a current political debate over guns consisting of two polarized sides, the advocates of gun control and the advocates of gun rights. Gun control advocates tend to believe that the Founding Fathers intended the Second Amendment for militias and increasing gun restrictions reduces gun violence. Conversely, gun rights advocates tend to believe that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns, an individual needs guns for self-defense from threats, and gun ownership deters crime rather than causes more crime. American citizens frequently discuss the regulation of guns today due to the relation guns have to terrorism and mass shootings. Leah Libresco, a statistician, writes in her Washington Post article “I Used to Think Gun Control Was the Answer. My Research Told Me Otherwise” that gun control policies in their current state will make no apparent difference in the gun death rates. In opposition

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