Gun Control in America?
“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” (O'Connor & Sabato, 2008). That is the second amendment found in our U.S Constitution. According to the second ammendment the people have the right to keep and bear arms. Is this a right that everyone is given, and if so can this right be taken away? The question of gun control is one that has been highly debated since the founding of this country. Each year brings along new lawsuits challenging the validity of laws that restrict the rights of individuals to own guns. Each year also brings along another tragedy that involves the use of guns. Thoughts of the shootings at Columbine High School and at Virginia Tech come to mind very quickly when the discussion of guns and gun control is started. There are two passionate sides to this argument. The extreme side for gun control will have you believe that guns are evil, and that the second ammendment is outdated and does not apply to individual gun ownership. The extreme side of pro guns will have you believe that it is every persons right, guranteed by the second ammendment, to own a gun. In this paper we will discuss the extreme sides, but we will really take a more in depth look at the groups in the middle. These groups are just as passionate yet a lot more reasonable. It is important that we look at all sides of this argument reasonably and logically. If we are able to do so we will see that we do need stronger gun control in our country. The gun control system we have in our country is inadequeate and not strong enough for the number of people and the number of guns in the country. By stronger I mean we need to enforce the laws already in place, and punish violent criminals more severly then we do so now. A complete revamping of gun control in America is not required, just better execution of the laws already in place, and stricter punishment for those who break those laws already in place. Why Gun Control is Required?
It is important to start off by stating that I do not own a gun, and I will more than likely never own a gun. The only time I have ever fired a gun has been in training for The Army, and while deployed to combat with The Army. I choose not to have a gun, and I like the idea that I get to make that choice. I agree that the second amendment does give me the right as a responsible law abiding citizen to make that choice on my own. Gun control is not required because of people like me. Gun control is required because of people who do not have the same values as I do. Gun control is required because not everyone is a responsible law abiding citizen. We do not need to prevent the sale of guns to everyone, what we need to do is prevent the sale of guns to some people. Owning a gun is a privilege and a responsibility that if taken lightly can and will be deadly. Not every shooting has a murderous intent. Accidents happen, and accidents that involve guns have severe consequences that can be life changing for a lot of people.
One of the major problems with the gun control we have in our country right now is the lack of national regulation. Gun control laws change from city to city and state to state. There are a few national laws that help control the selling and use of guns, but there needs to be more. The Brady Law which went into effect in 1994 requires that each person wanting to buy a handgun from a federally regulated dealer pass a background check (Anonymous, 2001). The problem with this law is that it does take into account the unregulated trade and selling of handguns which occurs at gun shows, and private transactions. These unregulated transactions are estimated to be between 30% and 40% of all gun sales in the United States. When I say we need stronger gun control I mean we need to enforce the laws we have in place. The background check for anyone buying a handgun is something that...
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