Gun Control

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Rafael Ramos
May 14, 2011

Gun Control

The issue of gun control and restrictions is an ongoing debate in America that just cannot be settled. It is a pressing issue because it deals with the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights. Do we abide by what our founding fathers’ laws? Or do we adapt our Bill of Rights to fit how society works today? It is such an issue because we say that our country was founded on the constitution, yet we cannot decide whether or not to live by it or create restrictions and preserve the freedoms that our founders had in mind. On one side of the argument against gun restrictions is the NRA, the National Rifle association. The NRA is a non-profit lobbying group that advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights. According to the NRA, there are approximately 200 million firearms in the U.S., and 60-65 million firearm owners. They conducted a survey and found that Hunting was 10% of the population’s reason they owned firearms, 14% owned them for collection, 18% owned them for target shooting, and 58% owned firearms for protection. This goes to prove that the NRA stands by their viewpoints because of the fact that owning a gun can save lives when they are used for protection. Police are often times too overwhelmed to help out everyone, so civilians owning guns would serve as a deterrent to criminals and thugs that try and assault or rape women, for example. Woman and weaker individuals may have no means of self-defense from rape or other crimes, especially in the inner city. Also, banning guns will create another potentially large source of organized criminal revenue, as a black market for guns will surely develop. There are many helpless people in this country that have no way of defending themselves, The NRA says banning guns will not solve anything. Criminals will always find a way to obtain their guns, leaving law-abiding citizens without any weapons to use in defense. On...
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