The Debate over Gun Ownership

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Victoria Anderson
Professor Bowser
ENGL1101/TR2
4/7/13
The Debate over Gun Ownership
Over the past century, the debate over guns has become more and more of an issue. Violent crimes involving guns have been increasing dramatically. “More than 30 people are shot and murdered each day, and more than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in this country”! (USA Gun Violence Statistics) The Second Amendment in the United States Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms. Many people agree that something needs to be done about the gun violence in America, but the issue is what to do. Do we just take guns away from people or do we try to limit who owns a gun, and then why would we only let those certain people obtain guns and not the others.

Guns are not only used for protection and engaging in crime. Many people use guns as a hobby as well, like target shooting and hunting. High school students can even obtain scholarships to college with shooting sports. In a video a 15-year-old Maryland girl effectively argued for the Second Amendment and against gun control to state lawmakers. Sarah Merkle stated, “Because of [my gun background] I have become eligible for various shooting scholarships around the country to a wide array of even the most prestigious colleges that have shooting teams,” she said in the video. “Achieving stricter gun control laws would obliterate any opportunity I could have had to attend a decent college on a shooting scholarship.” She added to her statement “People are the problems, not guns.” (Chumley)

I believe the people to be the problem as well. We have always had guns in America, as well as violence and crime. These days though more people are on harder drugs and the economy is worse, which creates more stress for people. Stress can do all kinds of things to people; too much stress can make someone become depressed. Depression can lead people to do all kinds of things, intentionally or...
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