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The National Debate on Gun Control
In APA Style
Derrick Bieller
Cameron University

Gun control has remained a leading controversial topic among politicians for the last half century. The upbringing of this topic began with the increase in murders in all societies in our country and the common sense thought must be “if personal firearms are illegal to possess in any capacity than citizens would have a much more difficult time murdering their fellow citizens. The NRA is the leading pro-gun lobbyist supporting our Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. The reason why our founding fathers have made this American right so vague is to allow individual states the ability to commission regulations to prohibit certain individuals from possessing firearms at any time. Anti-gun lobbyist have put much pressure on politicians and their decisions to be conservative with their regulations, and when a tragedy transpires, such as the Virginia Tech incident, they push even harder by empathizing with the public. There have many studies done by observing how other countries regulate their firearms and even though the U.S. is the most unique country in the world, it is still productive to compare. Canada has very liberal gun laws and their violent crimes per firearm in the country are still among the world’s leaders. Austria has recently made all personal firearms illegal which cost the country $500 million and their violent crimes increased. The only way to decrease violent crimes is to maintain our second Amendment and have states regulate gun laws according to their needs. Finally, placing more attention and resources on our juvenile offenders will also help our cause in lowering violent crimes.

The second amendment in the Bill of Rights states that we, as citizens, have the right to bear arms. There is no question or debate about the second amendment other than that the founding fathers made it extremely vague. I believe that our founding fathers developed the second amendment this particular way was to allow state governments the ability to regulate gun control based on the needs for those state and local legislatures. As the pro-gun lobbyist and anti-gun lobbyist make their arguments on what is best for our country, both still remain on each extreme side of the spectrum and continue to air their voice whenever an opportunity presents itself. There must be a middle ground from the suggestions of both extreme groups that can be implemented into our statutes that would undoubtedly improve the safety of every American. As we look at violent offenders and how they become to be, we must discuss and illustrate their childhood in order to see how they fell through the cracks of our uniform juvenile system and patch those holes up. The phrase "Gun Control" is elaborated on many different levels to many different Americans and still remains to be a controversial issue. One bumper sticker reads "Gun Control means hitting your target." However, one defines gun control as our federal and state governments responsibility to regulate and control who is allowed to possess a firearm and who is not. Opposing sides have for years fought over the laws that govern firearms. For the purposes of this paper "Gun Control" is defined as policies enacted by the government that limit the legal rights of gun owners to own, carry, or use firearms, with the intent of reducing gun crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and aggravated rape. So defined, gun control undoubtedly brings opposing sides to the ultimate debate for the last half century and the ethics of this topic is not only never overlooked but both sides believe that their personal ethics are the correct values that we all must have in order to settle this debate. The gun control debate is generally publicized because of the efforts of the Pro-Gun Lobby or...
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