One major problem that those against gun control have is that having guns is a right to every American Citizen listed in the Second Amendment. “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” ("Second Amendment”). This is one of the major obstacles of those in a favor of gun control and a key point in the argument of those against gun control. This is argued subjectively by those in favor of gun control with saying that times have changed and guns are no longer needed in today's society. However, as long as the Second Amendment is in place, guns will be legal.
Gun control is an ineffective means of reducing both violent, and firearm related crime. Limiting the ability for law abiding citizens to responsibly own arms only reduces their ability to provide to provide security to themselves and their family. It is not the duty of the federal government to dictate what a citizen chooses to legally defend themselves with.
The argument on firearm regulation has been a heated discussion for many years. On one side of the debate, we have people in favor placing restrictions on guns, while, on the opposite end of the spectrum, we have people fighting the regulation of guns. People in favor gun restrictions believe gun control can reduce crime ,while, the people against gun control believe having the right to bear arms is an effective crime deterrent. I believe that every law abiding citizen should be able to carry a gun and defend themselves against people who intend to harm them.Gun control laws are simply
With gun related crimes steadily increasing, the spotlight has been on a solution to cease firearm problems. Firearms have been around for hundreds of years, and they are included in self-defense, sport, show, and unfortunately crime. The danger of the situation immediately escalades when there is a firearm involved. A plan to fix these issues has been talked about and looked at throughout the recent years, but there are many different aspects you have to look at when trying to find a solution for this problem. However, not all gun related situations are at fault, for most people follow the law, using and collecting the guns for sporting, collecting, and self-defense purposes. The second amendment in the constitution gives citizens of the United states the right to bear arms. Areas of concern that can be focused on to prevent future danger in firearm situations are gun control laws, process undergone
From 1988 to 2001, the usage of anti-depressant drugs in the general public increased by four-hundred percent (Swanson). The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place in December of 2012, and during 2014, firearms were used in 88 percent of teen homicides, and 41 percent of teen suicides (“Suicidal Teens”). On February 28th, 2017, the Trump administration repealed a firearms regulation that prevented mentally disabled persons from owning guns. At the same time, teenage mental illness is on the rise, specifically in cases of depression and anxiety. A report from the Surgeon General shows that over 90 percent of adolescents that committed either suicide or homicide have or had a mental disability. Mental disabilities such as depression and anxiety put teenagers at a high risk for homicides and suicides. Teenagers who are stressed due to school, lack of parenting, puberty, bullying, and other factors can develop depression, anxiety or another mental illness. Allowing these teens easy access to firearms proves time and time again to be very dangerous. In some cases, the families of these teens have never been assessed to see if they can responsibly store firearms. The only background check performed is on the owner of the firearm, meaning that a person may own the weapon even if another family member living with them legally cannot. Loose gun control laws allow families with physiologically ill children to have access to firearms, without first checking to see if the disabled children in the home are responsible enough to be around said firearms. Repealing gun control laws instated by the Obama administration will cause an increase in adolescent firearm-related homicides, suicides, and tragedies similar to the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Mass shooting situations are never capable of clear premature warnings shots. Friends and family are mostly never aware of what is happening in the shooters life. Mostly outcasts and people that don’t have a connection to people that check up on them. Violence cannot be acted on by the weapon itself, it requires a gunman. Gun restriction of certain sales and consistent background checks violate the second amendment that 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.” ("Gun Control Laws: Should the United States adopt stronger gun control laws?" Issues & Controversies, InfoBase Learning, 11 Oct. 2017). On the other hand, many can argue that the sale of automatic weapon to citizen can be much more dangerous that the sale of semi-automatic weapons such as handguns. After the last decades events, many politicians and people of the public are outraged and want some sort of control on who can access the weapons.
Assault rifles are becoming the weapon of choice in these recent mass shootings. Since 2004, out of 48 mass shootings 13 of them included assault rifles. The assault rifle can be bought in many states starting at the age of 18. According to the gun control group, since 2009 individuals under the age of 21 committed two mass shootings with an assault rifle. Only one of the two rifles used was bought legally, which means just a single shooting where at least four individuals were shot and slaughtered could have been prevented. Everytown for Gun Safety reports, since 2009 there have been 156 mass shootings, eleven of these shootings were committed by individuals under the age of 21. Out of those 156 incidents 11 of those the shooter used an assault rifle. Although You have to be 21 to
One afternoon on December 11, 2012 normal, loyal citizens were going about their day, shopping for what they needed. All was fine until lound sounds were heard across the mall. This was not any loud sound, it was a gunshot. People rushing to cover, protecting their children and loved ones from the firing of a gun. Two lives of poor innocent civilians were coldly taken away from their bodies, and one of them on the floor with a critical injury. The man was named Jacob Roberts, a cold blooded murderer, firing at everything that moved, but then it suddenly stopped. Someone told him to leave, and he retreated. The man who asked him to leave is named Nick Meli. He held up his gun to Roberts and made him retreat and he did in fear of getting shot. If it wasn’t for someone having a gun to stop him, many more people would have died (Bella). This is not the only time when someone is saved by their gun; for example the New Life Church Shooting, the trolley square shooting, and the San Antonio Theater Shooting where all stopped by a civilian stopping the shooter before he murders more people (Broderick). If Congress passes stricter gun laws, it will be a grave mistake because it will take away guns from loyal, honest citizens, make victims of homicide more vulnerable, and while trying to stop mass shootings by banning guns, Congress will benefit the economy of the black market.
Firearms have been in our culture since the beginning of time. Guns have been used for many things from hunting and sports, and in some cases, personal protection. The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote in politics, “That ownership of weapons was necessary for true citizenship.”(The History) Now there are laws, people, and groups trying to take “the right to bear arms” away from U.S. citizens. Gun control is not the answer to the whole gun problem. The laws can help prevent criminal activity, with some positive effects that gun control has. But gun control is not going to solve anything.
In the United States, we have issues that affect many Americans in their day to day lives. They live always wondering when the next breaking news alert will show up on their television, smart phone, or computer; listening to the constant blast of sirens running through the downtown city streets, from police cars, firetrucks, and ambulances. Anything from burglaries, high speed car chases, or shootings keep these emergency personnel on the clock 24/7. The government has many laws established to prevent these outbreaks yet they still constantly happen. Although many of our laws do keep must of our daily lives in a safer routine such as traffic laws and laws meant to keep humans civil such as laws about murder and theft, you would think
From School shootings to Movie theaters and concerts, we the people of the United States have noticed tremendous amounts Massacres going on in our country. All of this violence raises many big questions and plenty of controversy in our country: Do we need a ban or some sort of control on guns? Many people like to argue that this violates their rights and the second amendment of the U.S. constitution telling us that the people have the right to bear arms. Many people like to argue that guns don’t kill people, but that people kill people. In the past year there has been 372 mass shootings in 2015 in the U.S. Approximately 33,636 deaths due to firearms each year. Many other countries do not have a big issue on homicides due to
Whenever gun violence comes up in today’s society, the main focus is usually gun control. However, this has led to society ignoring the fact that guns themselves are not the problem, ammunition is. Many citizens have protested, petitioned and tried to propose stricter gun control laws. Those strategies are often not accepted and refused by the National Rifles Association (NRA). This controversial issue is leading citizens to attempt restoring a previous approach, to address ammunition regulation. Unless the problem is addressed, mass shootings will continue to spiral in massive numbers. One obvious solution is for all 50 states to enact laws which regulate the purchase of ammunition because of available new technology, the current lack of effective
Gun control is necessary in order to have a peaceful city, country and world. Without gun control, many lives will be taken for unnecessary reasons. Not only should things be settled in a different way, but violence is never the answer. Those who do not support gun control show they are for violence and are not thinking in terms of safeness for all. This is why I am pro-gun control. Gun control is a controversial topic that has been around for decades in the United States and all around the world. 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.” (U.S. Const. am. 2)The questions at hand are as follows; what does a “well-regulated militia” entail, should the background checks require more and what are the reasons for gun control? There are two sides to this argument which include the people for gun control who believe guns should be taken off the streets and the ones against gun control who believe it is a right as a citizen of the United States to carry a gun.
“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.” The right of all Americans to bear arms is a right the Founding Fathers held to equal importance as the Constitution itself. Gun control laws directly violate this right and therefore should not even be under consideration. Even if that issue is overlooked, gun control advocates state that in order to reduce firearm related violence, gun control laws must be implemented to remove the violence caused by firearms. Although this may seem reasonable, the consequences of such laws are ironically counterproductive; they exacerbate the problem instead of fixing it. Besides the fact that the American
“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.” The right of all Americans to bear arms is a right the Founding Fathers held to equal importance as the Constitution itself. Gun control laws directly violate this right and therefore should not even be under consideration. Even if that issue is overlooked, gun control advocates state that in order to reduce firearm related violence, gun control laws must be implemented to remove the violence caused by firearms. Although this may seem reasonable, the consequences of such laws are ironically counterproductive; they exacerbate the problem instead of fixing it. Besides the fact that the American Constitution guarantees its citizens the right to bear arms, the idea of restricting gun ownership in order to reduce firearm-related violence would ultimately fail given the previous experiments of gun control in England and in numerous states.