The Great Gun Control Debate Essay

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Since its creation the firearm has served as man’s best means of self preservation, has helped in the expansion of frontiers, and has served to help many, including Americans, to secure and enforce their rights and maintain democracy. Even today our military uses firepower to prevent the spread of tyranny throughout the world. We refer to our troops as “armed forces” and the necessity of maintaining our firepower has been recognized throughout the human history, which the firearm has helped to shape. The founding fathers of this nation recognized the necessity of arming the average citizen to protect the rights so dearly purchased through armed revolution, and it was these men, all veterans of that revolution, that made it part of our…show more content…
In Great Britain, for instance, the crime rate jumped almost forty percent following that nation’s gun ban and seizure (BBC News par. 1). The research that was commissioned by the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign for Shooting showed that the law only affected the legitimate gun owners rather than criminals themselves (par. 2). The ban was put into effect due to the Hamilton Massacre when a man by the name of Thomas Hamilton walked into a primary school and left sixteen children and teachers dead (par. 3). The Centre for Defense Studies at Kings College in London, which carried out the research, said that the number of crimes in which a handgun was reported increased from 2,648 in 1997-98 to 3,685 in 1999-200 (par. 5).
It also said that there was no link between high levels of gun crime and areas where there were still high levels of lawful gun possession (par. 6).
These same people use the argument that only the police should be armed and are our protectors. But how many times have the police been at the scene of a gun crime before it happened?
One pro-gun advocate, Otis McDonald from Chicago, Illinois, is a 78-yaer-old retired maintenance engineer. He and his wife live alone in their Chicago home since their three children grew and moved away. Even with their burglar alarms tied into the police department, McDonald and his wife don’t feel safe in their neighborhood since the two armed robberies that occurred at their
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