Gun Control

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Recently, an event In aurora, Colorado, re-sparked the age old debate of gun control in the united states. James Holmes was a young and well educated man who killed 12 people in a matter of seconds. What enabled him to murder so many people in such a small matter of time was not because he had the training or experience to do so, but because the law allowed him to purchase guns and ammunition, objects which are designed to easily kill people. Guns must be banned in the United states to prevent incidents like this from happening. We live in a society where weapons are no longer essential to survive. It’s true that the second amendment to the united states constitution states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and this is used as a reason to protect gun ownership and legality. However, laws are made according to the needs of the people and the time period. Back in the 18th century when this amendment was adopted, guns were necessary to survive. There was not an established police force yet and people still hunted their own food. Today, there is a police officer almost everywhere. And if you live on campus, you definitely know. We no longer have to hunt for our food –transportation allows us to go and buy our food. In fact, if we went out trying to hunt for animals all we’d find are cats and dogs. Clearly, we are living in a civilized society, and we have no need for guns, whose sole purpose is to take away a human being’s life. Among common weapons, guns are unmatched in their killing ability. Despite the fact that we are only flesh and bones, humans are surprisingly hard to kill. However, it takes less than a second for someone with the intent to kill to pull a trigger and launch a bullet traveling at hundreds of feet per second into your head. The availability of guns in the US only allows murderers to feasibly carry out their crime. They give the element of surprise to the attacker and allow someone to be killed from...
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