"Don't shoot! I'm not armed!"
Many have heard the saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” then on December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. Ever since this tragic day, there has been a large push for gun control in the US, led by President Obama. The bills that are before Congress would make penalties for buying guns illegally more onerous, address trafficking, and greatly expand the number of gun sales covered by background checks. These laws might make us all feel safer as well as make us feel like we have control over the “bad guys” but at the end of the day, these new laws will not stop what we all want to have stopped, and that is violence. The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,000. The rate of private gun ownership in the United States is 88.81 firearms per 100 people. In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the United States is ranked at No. 1 (Alpers). With these numbers, we can see that Americans in general, love their guns. The 2nd Amendment is what gives an American the right to own guns. The 2nd 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” (CRS Annotated Constitution). In this amendment, it says that people have the right to keep and bear arms. With the gun control that Obama is trying to enforce, it will be infringing on the 2nd Amendment. If one of the amendments is not honored and enforced, it will cause a domino effect, in the future, making it easier for other amendments not to be followed, or to be changed just like the 2nd Amendment. The two opposing sides in this argument are the Conservatives vs. the Liberals. The Liberal will say “The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia. Individuals do not need guns for protection; it is the role of local and federal government to protect the people through law enforcement agencies and the military. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns. More guns mean more violence.” The Conservative will say “The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws – additional laws will not lower gun crime rates. What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime” (Student News Daily). The Liberals, as well as Obama, do have two decent laws that would be implemented due to gun control. First is to have a background check on all gun purchasers. The current law states that in order to buy a gun from any licensed gun dealer, the purchaser has to complete and pass a background check. The loophole is that to buy a gun online or at a gun show, there is no background check that has to be performed. With this gun control law in place, the background check will be expanded to the gun shows, online, as well as to the licensed dealer, making it more difficult for the known lawbreakers and mentally unhealthy to purchase a gun. This law would help with keeping guns out of the hands of the people who shouldn’t have guns, but in the end, these people will still get the guns they want. For example, the drinking age is 21 in the US. How easy is it for underage kids to get their hands on alcohol? Very easy. Even though it is illegal, the underage people will still get the alcohol they want. It might not be as easy as if it was legal for underage people to consume alcohol, but they will still find a way to get the alcohol they want. It is the same thing with guns. The...
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