Aug 27, 2012
Should the United States Have Gun Control?
The United States of America is one of the best countries to live in and for many different reasons, some to get a better life style for their families and some to get a fresh start. America is the land of the free and home of the brave where everyone can live their lives at their own pace and have no worries. Unfortunately with all the freedom you get living in America there are some states which don’t allow you to protect yourself even in your own home and they do this by taking away the right to own a gun. I feel every American should have to ability on U.S. soil to protect his/her own family by any means necessary and in a lot of areas of the U.S. there is much needed protection. In this paper you will learn brief history of gun control, pros and cons of gun control, statistic of states and cities where gun control is in affective, and our own personal views and experiences with gun control. Our founding fathers created the second amendment over 2 centuries ago with the intent to increase a man’s ability to provide safety for his/her families. Some of the earliest Americans were gun owners and gun ownership was throughout the entire continent from coast to coast. It was not until the 1900’s when gun ownership was challenged. New York passed the Sullivan act in 1911 and it was the first gun control law. The law stated that any firearm small enough to be concealed must be registered. This was the beginning a back and forth legal issue with different states within the United States. In the 1960’s Gun control laws hit strong and hard. Following the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King the entire nation demanded for new gun control laws and it sparked the beginning of significant gun control laws in America (Froman, 2007). As history has shown, gun control laws were put into place for fairly legitimate reasons. Deaths of some very influential people in American history led to almost a nationwide panic for gun control and left many people not feeling very safe anymore. It would make families feel safer if the government knows each person that owns a gun and where they live. That is not saying there are not ways around getting a gun without registering it. It is just going by statistics. In 1999 a study was done by “Harvard school of public health” showing that 90 percent of students would feel less safe if everyone began carrying guns around (White, 2010). For many, guns and hunting is a way of life leading all the way back to our forefathers who were the first to own a gun. Our current President Barack Obama believes that people should have the right to bare arms.”The country must do whatever it takes to eradicate gun violence….but I believe in an individual’s right to bare arms”(Obama). The year is 2012 and our country has come a very long way in the last one hundred years. We just don’t ride around on horseback and need to hunt for food anymore. We are into a much cleaner healthier future investing into technology trying to lengthen lives and create a better tomorrow. A non-existent gun law, or one pretty close to it, just does not fit into the logical spectrum for a safer brighter future. Here are some of the cons against gun control.
One of the biggest reasons against gun control would be the United States Constitution. In the second amendment which states; “Amendment 2 Right to Bear Arms Ratified 12/15/1791, 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”( U.S. Constitution). With this Amendment it gives the people the right to own guns if they want.
Even the founding father had very strong thoughts on gun control. Here are just a few: George Mason, “To disarm the people (is) the best way to enslave them.” Patrick Henry, “Guard...