Does the banning of assault rifles violate our 2nd amendment? Gun control in America has been a controversial issue for years. It is a growing problem that has resulted in a lot of innocent murders, and school shootings. Many people think that if gun control was strictly enforced it would help reduce the amount of crime. On the other hand, many innocent people feel they have the right to own a gun for protection.
I’m going to analyze the quote, “Guns don’t kill people, stupid people with guns do”. I once heard Chris Tucker say it in the movie “Money Talks” before, and it’s also a slogan of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I will provide factual information on the United States Constitution, the NRA and the Second Amendment. And, this essay will discuss the pros and cons of being armed with a gun, the tragic effects gun crime had on Columbine High School and will conclude with my thoughts and opinions.
The United States is ran by a set of laws called the Constitution. It set the nation’s fundamental laws; it establishes the form of the national government and defines the rights of the American people. It also lists the goals of the government and the methods of achieving them. The second amendment of the USA’s constitution states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
With this statement, the founders of America guaranteed the American individual the right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment has been important to the growth of the nation. Over the years there has been an ongoing debate over the Second Amendment and how it should be interpreted. The issue that is being debated is whether the American government has the right to regulate guns or modernize.
There are two major sides to this debate; one feels that the right was given for collective purposes only. This side is in favor of having stricter gun control laws, they feel that by having stricter laws the number of crimes that are being committed with guns will be reduced and save lives. But while gun control laws may lower criminals’ access to guns, the same laws restricts gun owning citizens who abide by the law; these citizens make up a good amount of the opposing side of this argument. These people argue that the law was made with the individual citizens in mind. This group thinks that the Amendment should be interpreted to guarantee citizens free access to firearms.
An organization that often refers to the second amendment is the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA is the largest gun club in the world. The organization was founded in 1871 by former Union Officers, to lead sport shooting in order to have a good militia in case of emergency. It is an organization that is interested in all parts of shooting sports. The Union Officer’s think that a well regulated militia was for the security of a free state. It is an organization that opposes gun control and believes that people have the right to defend themselves using firearms.
Despite the NRA’s efforts to promote safety and gun ownership, tragedies still occur on a regular basis. One of the worst crimes of high school shootings in American history took place in Columbine High School.
On April 20, 1999 in a suburban town called Littleton, Colorado, a high school was about to have one of the most tragic and deadly day’s in US history. Columbine High School was in the middle of this tragedy.
In a premeditated attack, two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 18 and 17 years old, carelessly opened fire on their fellow classmates and teachers. In this cruel and heartless attack, these two students cut the lives short of thirteen students and one teacher. They then turned their guns on themselves leaving the nation with no explanation! They did leave a videotape: this videotape contained Harris and Klebold planning their attack on Columbine High...