Give Americans Guns

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For years Americans embraced the thought of the Constitutional right to bear arms. They bought guns as easily as Americans today buy over-the-counter medicine. Within the last fifty years, many citizens began to fear what would happen if their right continued. Because of tragedies such as Columbine, the Virginia Tech shooting, and the Sandy Hook massacre, Americans believed the government was not doing enough to protect the citizens. So began the fight for gun control. The controversy of gun control separates America from the fraternal state the Founding Fathers envisioned. The men that established this nation created time-honored ideas that make America great. The Constitution sets forth independence, rights, and principles that have governed the United States for over 200 years. One of these rights allows citizens of this nation to own and operate weapons. Arguments concerning gun control should be silenced because as citizens of America, people have the right to own guns. In the year of 1791, the states ratified the Second Amendment which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of arms the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Congress 1). What the country approved in 1791 still stands firm today. Because it “shall not be infringed,” the controversy should not even be present in society. However, some “Americans” believe it is necessary for citizens’ safety to have the federal government impose this right. Constitutionally, the federal government should have no business controlling the Second Amendment. In the article “Repeal the Second Amendment” the author states, “The Second Amendment impedes the power of the government to regulate the sale or possessio... ... middle of paper ... ...nt is not based on facts and statistics. The argument is based on feelings and the desire for an unattainable utopian society. In 1791, Americans were given the right to bear arms, a right that still remains today. The Second Amendment created by the Founding Fathers of this nation had a meaning and purpose to it. By being placed in the Constitution, nothing, not even the Federal Government, can impose on that right. Although Americans fear what might happen if something is not done to curb the consequences guns may have, creating laws to regulate the usage of guns only brings about more crime. The Constitution has been the basis of this country for over two hundred years, and that Constitution provides Americans with rights for which they should thank the Founding Fathers. One of these rights is the right to bear arms, a right that shall not be infringed.
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