English 102: Week 6 – Argumentative Essay, Gun Control in America 2/12/13
Gun Control in America
In my lifetime there have been countless fatalities due to gun violence. Some people would say that, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. Other citizens believe that the guns are the root of these deaths and more than likely contributed to the murder in such a way that, had the gun not been included, the equation would not equal murder. This topic can be explored from many different angles and points of view, but regardless of your opinion, the fact remains that guns are not going to just vanish off the face of the earth. Even if guns were to disappear murderers would still kill people.
This essay has one purpose. I intend to show my reader that as important as it is to keep guns out of the wrong hands, it’s impossible to be 100% sure as to who’s hands are the wrong hands. In all of my 35 years on earth I have not killed anyone with a firearm. I don’t believe that means that I should own one either. Using me as an example is the best way to display my unbiased opinion. As Americans once certain criteria has been met, the 2nd amendment of the constitution protects our right to bear arms. Americans take this right very seriously and exercise it religiously. According to the more than 10,000 people killed in America by firearms yearly, many obviously don’t practice this right responsibly.
I definitely believe that gun control is necessary. But when does gun control turn into exercising double standards. Why do some Americans have the right to bear arms while others rights are taken away for reasons determined by a jury of their peers? As unjust or necessary as it may be, is still not the point that this essay plans to make. Whether pro-gun control or...