Why Gun Ownership Should Not Be Banned

1361 WordsDec 11, 20156 Pages
Gun control has been an ongoing issue in the American way of life, even though gun ownership is a constitutional right of the American people. The issue dates back prior to the drafting of the United States Constitution. According to Thomas Jefferson, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms, only disarm those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicide, for an unarmed man to be attacked with greater confidence that an armed man. Although weapon ownership has been a dated issue; it is still a controversial issue argued today in society. Despite recent gun violence incidents, I think there are more important reasons why gun ownership should not be banned. In recent years, gun violence incidents certainly justify the need for increased gun control. Many people argue that terrorism, school shootings, and other modern circumstances make guns more dangerous in today’s society (Messerli). On December 14, 2012, an active shooting occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Adam Lanza, the active shooter, forced his way into the school armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, a Glock Pistol, and a Sig Sauer Pistol. Before law enforcement officials arrived on scene, Adam Lanza killed twenty students ages 6 and 7, and six faculty members (“Sandy Hook Elementary”). Just as law

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