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May 30, 2012
Opposing Gun Control Laws
Watch out! Murder and mayhem is surely on the horizon as gun control laws are being dropped, and penalties could be imposed on those who do not comply. The debate over the use of guns in the United States can be traced back as far as 1791. The United States has the greatest percentage of private firearm ownership in the world. Most people do not just own one gun they own two or more guns. The average citizen comes to the realization that in order to deter and defend themselves and their loved ones against crimes, the burden becomes theirs. The police cannot protect every individual from a crime. The book “Dial 911 and Die”, through different stories, proves that citizens need to rely upon themselves for their own personal protection. Even though each state has its own individual gun control laws, there is no nationwide system of gun control. Criminals can very easily have someone buy a gun for them in a state with slack gun laws and then have it brought back to a state with stricter gun laws. With that being said, a gun that is locked in a gun cabinet, disabled, or even just unloaded is less readily available as one that is left loaded and ready to use. People should not have limited access to their guns in our society because it’s a person’s right to bear arms; in addition, opposing gun control laws does not lessen crime rates and it is counterproductive in saving lives. Reasons for Owning Guns
According to Lepore (2012), “In 1973, there were guns in roughly one in two households in the United States; in 2010, one in three. In 1980, nearly one in three Americans owned a gun; in 2010, that figure had dropped to one in five” (Battle Ground America). The number one reason for owning a gun is for protection. It does not matter whether it is for self-defense, protecting family and friends, or your property. Being able to defend yourself from an aggressor can be the difference between life and death. Another reason to own a gun is for national defense. An invading military would have a much harder time controlling and holding a country if the citizens are armed. The third reason for having a gun is to protect the individuals’ rights and freedoms from their own government. While unlikely, the rise of an authoritarian government can be quick and brutal. Therefore, if necessary, the citizens must poses the means to keep this from occurring. Lastly, people still hunt to help supplement their food source. With the fluctuations in meat cost, some people still use hunting as an alternative to a trip to the grocery store. While these are valid points, those who oppose guns also have their own reasons for restricting access to guns. Guns make it easier to kill or hurt people or property. Putting a gun in the hand of someone can embolden them and give them a false sense of superiority. This sense of power might cause a person to react differently to a situation then if they did not have the gun. Because of the glamorization of guns in films and television, gun opponents also view the introduction of guns into the household as an indirect exposure of children to violence. Therefore, they believe it is necessary to restrict access to guns through gun control laws, and this will reduce or even stop public shootings. The ‘Second Amendment’
The ‘second amendment’ proclaims that “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” (Cornell University, n.d.). The main part of the second amendment says “the people” but it is the government who is trying to take away the rights of “the people”. The Gun Owners Foundation (2004) point to the fact that, “the Supreme Court admits ‘the people’ in the Second amendment are the same ‘people’ as in the rest of the Bill of Rights” (p. 2). This Second amendment, which is being discussed, is the same amendment that...