Running head: Deadly Consequence of Gun Control
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Deadly Consequence of Gun Control
Policy Proposal Paper
Deadly Consequence of Gun Control
Gun control has been on the forefronts of debate since the 1960’s when there were some high profile shootings. The increase of gun violence since the 1980’s has just increased the argument over who should be allowed to own and carry weapons. The Second Amendment is the biggest stumbling block in this debate because people interpreted it differently. The one side argues that it states that we have the right to bear arms, but the other side says that it doesn’t pertain to us anymore in the modern era. Politicians love to use the idea that removing legal guns will drastically reduce suicides, assassinations, gang-violence, school shootings, accidental child deaths, and general murders. They don’t consider the fact that someone that wants to kill themselves will do it anyway they can, or a college kid trying to tear up his school will just blow it up if he cannot find a gun. Criminals vary rarely use registered guns to commit crimes, they use illegally acquired weapons. Gun control only protects the criminals and the image of the government’s control over the people. The controversial movement to disarm people has infringed their natural right to self-preservation(self-defense), which takes away their true freedom. The Founding Fathers believed that freedom and no gun control goes hand in hand, which is why they wrote the Second Amendment. “To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them” (Henry, 1788) Patrick Henry’s quote sums up gun control. So, why after all these years have we forgotten his words? History has proven Henry’s words to be true over and over, but the nation keeps disregarding it. Americans need to act urgently on this matter, because if no action is taken on gun control, we will become another ‘Hitler’s’ Germany or ‘Stalin’s’ Russia, without the ability to defend ourselves, slaves of a corrupt tyrant or government. The worst outcome will be when innocent civilians lose their ability to self-defense against the evil criminals that besieges out cities every day. The State and Federal government needs to work together to remove gun control so that the fear will be placed back into the criminals and the power of freedom back into the innocent people’s hands.
History of Gun Control
Gun control has been around for a very long time, even before there were guns. The Roman’s and Greek’s used a similar idea when they disarmed their populations of all weapons to ensure no uprising. The British implemented gun control on their colonies across the globe. The Germans with Adolf Hitler made sure his own people and conquered countries were disarmed, giving him complete control. “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.” (Hitler, 1942) Hitler’s quote here is a good example of a recent use of gun control. America is currently also implementing gun control in the Middle East, by removing weapons from the civilians and giving the weapons to the Police and Army forces they are trying to put in power. The US government believes they are doing the right thing, but at the same time the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are being denied their natural right to self-defense. The British tried to do the same to the Americans, which in part sparked a revolt and a victory for America’s freedom from oppression. The Founding Fathers realized that the right to bear arms was God-given, and no government should have the ability to take it away. Unfortunately, the USA is doing the same to its own people and those of the countries they occupy. The controversial gun control laws that have been implemented over the years have been more...
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