The Pros And Cons Of Gun Rights

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Transitioning focus onto the next global issue, we’ll sharpen the lens and focus in on the United States. Gun violence has been a “condition” felt by America for decades, and yet there lacks any concrete policy to help alleviate the number of undue deaths that occur every time there is a mass shooting, much like the one that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. In 2012 alone there were over a dozen mass shootings (DeGrazia, 2014). Unsurprisingly, the list goes on. In the United States, possessing firearms is grounded in the Constitution’s second amendment, guaranteeing citizens the right to bear arms. One thing to consider is how far this amendment should be allowed to extend. Morally and legally, people should be allowed handguns in order to protect themselves; this is the one of the most plausible reasons for owning guns (DeGrazia, 2014). This is concrete in the Constitution, so we will assume for our purposes that individuals have the right to own guns. However, where is the line drawn for self-defense? While there may not be a finite answer to this question, we will explore what type of policy should be set in place in order to address this advancing problem. The background for gun rights is supported by the Supreme Court, as well as incredible amounts of Americans, so it is unlikely that this sentiment will change in the near future (DeGrazia, 2014), thus other routes must be explored in terms of treating gun violence in the United States.

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