Some believe that the government should make gun laws stricter for the safety of them and their family. Others feel that that the gun laws should remain the same, because they don’t want their constitutional rights violated. What is the controversy surrounding this topic? The controversy is that the government believes that the world would be a safer place if the gun laws are stricter. Some feel that their rights would be violated, and the final group of people is the ones who are kind of on both sides. They want the laws to be stricter but they also care about their own rights. The government has to find a solution that will satisfy all three groups of people. They try to find balance amongst the group. Should the government strengthen the gun laws or will that violate citizen’s constitutional rights?
Crime has been taking place for centuries, it happens every day all over the world. There is no specific time to when gun violence actually started taking place. The gun crime has become a bigger problem as the years go by. Guns are easy to buy now days, due to the lack of strict background checks. The government wants to make it more difficult for somebody to purchase a gun, and then they will be able to lower the crime rate day by day. Proper background checks means that people who have mental problems will not be able to buy a gun even if they are of age to own one. Improper background checks lead to many of the gun crimes we have now. Example, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, where a mentally ill man was able to purchase a gun, which then went on to kill at least a dozen people.
As a citizen of the United States, you are entitled to certain rights. After the movie theater shooting that occurred in Aurora, citizens do not want any new gun laws even after the shooting because they feel that everybody has the right to own a gun for self-protection. Though many people don’t even own a gun, they still have the rights to bear arms if they chose to purchase a firearm. In the article “Fear Drives Opposition to Gun Control”, author David Frum states, “Three-quarters of Americans want to keep the right to own handguns, weapons whose only function is to kill human being at close range…” They want people to have the right to own a gun, but they only want it to be used for protection. A new law was passed where a person who legally owned a gun that is registered could wear a handgun on their waist in public. They could enter stores, bars etc.
Nonetheless, there is a group of people who are on both sides of the gun law controversy. These are the people who look for things to be equal. They would like for gun laws to be stricter, while not having their rights violated too much. A person should be able to own a gun if they are going to use it solely for protection. We don’t know what every person is going to use their gun for. Some may use it for protection; others may use it for crime. However, that’s when the more strict background checks come to play. You have the right to purchase a weapon, but are you mentally stable to own one? The government giving stricter background checks will determine that.
Many steps have been taken to reduce this problem, but many of those attempts have come up short. The government believes they found a way to give people what they want. They looked to ban handguns, but that attempt failed. They also made a move to ban assault rifles and military imported weapons, which turned out to be a success. Assault rifles are able to shoot multiple bullets at a time that can pierce thru armor. If anybody other than military soldiers are able to carry a gun then crime rates will go up tremendously. So the government decided to make them illegal for normal citizens to own.
As one of the greatest nations in the world the United States government and the people of the U.S have to come together and develop a solution that will make both parties happy. Maybe, the government can take away the right to carry a gun on your hip in public, that could possibly bring down the crime rate. The government cannot change a law if the people don’t want it changed. A strategy such as making it legal for citizens to purchase handguns, and banning assault rifles is a step towards progress.
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