Essay about The Debate Over Gun Control

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In the United States of America, we as people have certain guaranteed rights, and one of those is the Second Amendment. 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 has been a crucial issue throughout the history of this country and still continues to be of vital importance today. Today there are several conflicts with this amendment the 1st being a law-abiding citizens right to own a weapon, Second the crime rates because of these weapons and 3rd being the distribution of weapons. In this paper I will discuss the three topics I stated and I will also give an educated prediction of where this …show more content…
And are people really guaranteed the right to own a gun, it all depends on the way one looks at the amendment. Advocates for gun control often perceive the amendment in somewhat of a different way. These people look at the first part of the amendment that states “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State” which implies that weapons are guaranteed to the people during a time of need to help defend a free state solely as a Militia. Obviously, today there is no need for a militia because the United States has armed forces to protect peoples freedoms and rights. This amendment was written during a very different time and under different circumstances, this is one of the core arguments for advocates of gun control. Just for clarification I would like to mention that advocates for gun control are not against allowing people to have guns these people are more about supporting stricter laws for guns to make it difficult for these weapons to fall into the wrong hands. “Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms.”( James). There is a strong correlation between guns and crime rates; often times the cities with stricter gun control laws will have lower crime rates. For instance lets take at New York City the murder rates in New York in 2009 were 471 people, in 1990 that number was 2,245. New

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