The Issue of Guns and Gun Control in America

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In America guns have been a part of the country’s society since it’s birth. Throughout history the citizens of the US have used firearms to protect the nation, protect their families, to hunt for food and to engage in sporting activities. The issue of Guns and gun control takes on a proportion of extreme magnitude. Weighing the rights and liberties of the individual against the welfare and safety of the public has always been a precarious balancing act. In the United States, gun control is one of these tumultuous issues that has both sides firmly entrenched in their positions. Those parties in favor of gun ownership and the freedom to use and keep arms, rely on the fact that the provision for such rights is enshrined in their constitution.…show more content…
Frightening statistics, point to handguns in particular as being the most dangerous and misused firearm in society. Some statistics indicate that crime linked to handguns is as high as 90%, Stevens, (1997). These statistics cannot be confirmed but has people questioning the legitimacy of “handgun “ownership in particular.
As stated in the U.S. Constitution, the Second Amendment as part of the Bill of Rights gives individual citizens the right to keep and bear arms. The intention of this amendment is at the core of the gun control debate. At the time this right was set into motion, the land of America was a different place. With foreign armies building up, civil unrest and the need to defend their families and state from inside and outside influences, guns were a necessity. Militias were formed apart from the British backed or loyalist armies. These militias were considered of great importance and arming them a matter of the highest order (Whisker, 1999). Creating of these groups solidified the possession and acquisition of firearms forever.
Ramifications of this second amendment clause may not have been conceived. Perhaps the founding fathers would be horrified as to the state of guns in America. However it is possible they would urge law abiding citizens to pick up arms and end the rise of criminal and violent activities in the country today.
Crimes involving firearms in America is substantially higher than any other country and is purported to be due to the

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