The Issue Of Gun Control

983 WordsMar 11, 20154 Pages
Gun control has been a major issue in American politics for decades, despite the fact that the founding fathers made their views on the subject quite clear. George Washington once remarked that, “Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself.” The second amendment goes further, stating that every American has the legal right to own and bear arms. However, despite these clear statements, calls for gun control are ubiquitous and are now coming from politicians, businesses and even celebrities. Activists for gun control claim that stricter regulation and legislation to prevent law-abiding Americans from possessing firearms would reduce crime and result in a safer society. The realities are far different. Calls for gun control are resulting in economic loss, promoting a society that would cater to criminals, and contradict the legal framework of the United States of America. While issues such as safety and legality are often in the forefront of calls for gun control, what is often not mention is that protecting the right to bear arms has a tremendous cost and is damaging to the economy. Over the past six years, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has spent $2.3 million to preserve the right of every American to bear firearms. In contrast, $55,000 has been spent by proponents for gun control. In an era of failing educational systems and healthcare epidemics, this is money that could be better spent combatting the actual problems facing Americans rather

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