Pro Gun Control Debate: Our Right to Safety Essay

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Pro Gun Control Debate: Our Right to Safety Many arguments for and against gun control in our country revolve around the second amendment. Unfortunately the majority of those arguments are based on an individual’s perception of what the second amendment means. The second amendment was adopted into the United States Bill of Rights in 1791, which was 222 years ago. The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (National Archives and Records Administration). In that span of 222 years there have been many court cases and adjustments to the second amendment, some of those changes have remained and some have been…show more content…
In the United States according to Federal law, if you are a convicted felon you are not permitted to own a gun, meaning that even though the second amendment states that your right cannot be taken away, we as a country have determined that it should be. If you are using the second amendment to base your argument against gun control, you are defending the right for convicted felons (no matter the crime) to possess guns as well. Much like the seatbelt laws that have been passed, the proposal for gun laws is to protect our safety. Requiring seatbelts has dramatically decreased the fatality rate in car accidents. According to the CDC, “Seat belt use is on the rise. Laws, education, and technology have increased seat belt use from 11% in 1981 to nearly 85% in 2010, saving hundreds of thousands of lives” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). If stricter gun laws were to be passed and more education required before owning a gun, the gun related fatalities in the United States would most likely decrease as well. Max Fischer of the Washington Post wrote:
The national rate of firearm-related murders, which is charted above [chart can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/14/chart-the-u-s-has-far-more-gun-related-killings-than-any-other-developed-country/ ]. The United States has by far the highest per capita rate of all

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