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America Needs Gun Education, Not Gun Control Laws

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Gun crime in America has become a big issue. We are barraged by news outlets with story after story showing the wide use of guns in horrific and tragic crimes. These crimes all too often end in single if not multiple deaths. Politicians and law makers are constantly trying to find ways to reduce these crimes and keep the public safe. Unfortunately their ideas or methods involve some measure meant at reducing or eliminating the public’s access to guns. This method only infringes on the basic and most significant of all American rights, the right to keep and bear arms, as defined in the second amendment. It also takes guns from honest law abiding citizens and puts them in the hands of the criminals committing these crimes. The only effective way to reduce gun crime and unnecessary gun deaths is through education, not more gun control legislation. This education should begin at the beginning, by defining the where gun rights came from and the need for these rights.

The Constitution of the United States serves to define the rights and freedoms of the people and serves as the supreme law of the land. The most important freedom or right defined in the constitution is the right of American’s to keep and bear arms. This right was so important to the authors, that is was the second of the basic freedoms and privileges outlined in the bill of rights. The 2nd amendment reads “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”. This right grants, to law abiding citizens of the United States, the privilege of owning and lawfully using guns. The citizens right "to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, means politicians and law makers do not ...

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