The Issue Of Gun Control

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There hardly exists a more divisive issue in the political and media landscape across the United States currently than that of gun control. Advocates on either side of the issue are quick to voraciously fight for what they believe, as well as to tear down anyone who sees the issue differently. But unlike other issues, it seems that gun control advocacy does not rest on a spectrum; either you are pro-gun control or you are against it, and anyone caught in the middle is likely to get flak from both sides. But why is the issue of gun control such a hot topic? And why is it that there seems to be no room for compromise? The reason the issue of gun control is so heated is because it’s not just another frenzied debate; it’s a battle. This battle of gun control isn’t an emerging one, it has been present ever since the signing of the declaration of independence. If there is one thing that the American people hold dear it is the rights inherently granted them by the constitution and any attempt of infringement on these rights is sure to cause an immediate and considerable uproar. Ultimately the debate of gun control all started with the second amendment to our constitution. And so the amendment reads, “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” (Lund). Debates over the verbiage of this amendment focus on whether this speaks of the right of private citizens to bear arms or

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