As a federal law enforcement officer, I believe in the right to bear arms; however, I also believe that there should be more restriction on who is allowed to own and carry firearms. I also believe that if you do own a firearm that it should be locked up out of the reach of children and should only be used at ranges or hunting. It’s argumentative whether guns are used more for protection in the United States or for criminal events. I believe that there should be stricter qualifications on the ownership and if you want to own a firearm that you need first receive a security clearance and a psychological evaluation in addition to tighter background investigations. As a federal law enforcement officer, I will inform you of some facts about gun control and my personal opinions. The second amendment is the largest issue with gun control laws. The amendment states: "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" (Wikipedia). The second amendment is vague for interpretation, and is often used by gun advocates to argue for lenient gun laws. “In no particular order, early American settlers viewed the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes: deterring tyrannical government, repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, facilitating a natural right of self-defense, participating in law enforcement, and enabling the people to organize a militia system” (Wikipedia). Although the Second Amendment prevents the federal government from completely banning guns, limited restrictions are allowed on the distribution and possession of guns. The necessity for gun control comes with the amount of firearms used to commit crimes. The numerous problems occurring recently such as: suicides, murders, rapes, robberies, accidental shootings, and active shooters. Firearms are the most commonly used weapons,...
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