Thomas Jefferson once wrote “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” Gun enthusiasts often couple this with a quote from Ben Franklin, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”Guns are one of the most dangerous inventions created by man, it is also one of the top killers of the world. But guns are not accountable for what they have been used for, it is the people that use them who are to be held accountable. Looking at society all around the world and my personal experiences I believe gun control is not going to help the people. In America, there are approximately 270 million firearms possessed by civilians, and only 897,000 carried by police.(1) Guns are machines made by humans to protect themselves from those who can harm them. The second amendment if the United states reads as follows: “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”. It is unconstitutional to have gun control; the four fathers of the United states always wanted small government regulations on gun control. The government would have changed the amendment or added new laws if the country was safe enough for people not to have a weapon. Guns have become important but they also need to be controlled all over the world. The combination of violence on the television, video games and music today has made guns a “cool” thing to have. Trigger locks are used to make a firearm more difficult to discharge and act as a safety precaution in carrying and owning guns. However, only 9 states in America (NY, NJ, CA, OH, MI, RI, MD, PA, MA) have trigger lock laws that enforce this precautionary measure.(2) Facts like these force you to think if gun control is even being taken seriously, and if it is that big of a problem in the United States. Agreed that there have been a lot of incidents in the united states in the past 10 years but maybe gun control is not the answer.
Guns and gun control is not just a problem in North America but a global issue and needs to be dealt with globally. I am not a person who likes guns or even find them intriguing, but the where I come from in Pakistan it is necessary to protect yourself in some way. The gun culture in many countries has been going on for generations, in Pakistan the Pakhtoon’s in NWFP conceder their guns as jewelry. Guns are considered great gifts for a boy becoming a man, but if seen at from a different perspective such as knowing that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world today it makes you think twice. The Pakistani government has always thought that gun control can reduce crime rates and they may be correct but the gun control problem has become out of control. Finding an illegal gun is not too tricky to find, from New York to Karachi, guns are always available.
From past experiences I have been convinced that bearing arms in some situations is life saving. A gun is considered life threatening and if a person has a gun on your head, it does not matter if it’s loaded or not, you do as you’re told. I have been on gun point on several occasions and have been robbed in front of dozens of people. Even after the people around me saw that I was being mugged or kidnapped no one chose to do anything. A gun gives you power, its like a 5 feet man becames a 7 feet giant. Guns create fear and especially if you watch movies or play videos games the exaggerated effects add to the fear. I have been mugged in Pakistan in situations where if you were allowed conceal and carry I could defend myself. One day I was sitting in my car next to a small street cart. I was with a few friends sipping tea, It was day time and the second day of Eid (a major Muslim celebration). Out of nowhere two men come up and stand near us, one on each side of the car. Me thinking it...
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