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Gun Control

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We live in a society where innocence is no longer existent. The idea of trust is rapidly declining and as our world is continuously changing, we must look out for our best interests. Gun ownership should solely for the use of self-defense, recreation, and should be limited to those who are “clean”. My description of “clean” means mentally stable and no previous criminal background. It may be true that guns can wreak havoc in society, but at the same time provides many people reassurance, protection, and a sense of security. Guns are also used for recreational purposes such as target shooting and hunting. Without hunting, we would be over run with an over population of deer, rabbit, certain avian species, etc. We as Americans rely on guns to fight our wars, crime, keeping wildlife population in balance, and to maintain security. Today, there are more gun owners than there were in the past. Approximately, 40-45% of households have firearms and 70-80 million Americans are gun owners, out of them 40-45 million own handguns (http://www.nraila.org). According to the NRA, The National Rifle Association, “forty states have the right-to-carry [law], and 48 states prohibit cities from imposing gun laws more restrictive than state law” (http://www.nraila.org). Due to this factual evidence, the overall number of violent crimes has lowered by 40% since 1991. The fact of the matter is that there are many laws and regulations that have been established, which allows adequate filtering of who and who should not be allowed to possess a firearm. Needless to say, the system isn’t perfect but America has come a long way in regards to ownership of a firearm. Guns should be sold only to those who are only “clean”. The 2nd Amendment of the U.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” (http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com). This law may interfere with putting firearms...