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Gun Control

Guns have been imbedded in American culture since the foundation of the country on July 4, 1776. Then guns were used as tools for survival and defense from not only animals but people too. As the country has grown and changed, so has peoples use of and opinions of firearms. As the number of gun owners continues to grow, many individuals continue to push for an increase in the amount of gun control policies in the United States. Gun control continues to be a hotly debated topic that never ends with a happy compromise. Conflict almost always arises between state agencies, federal agencies, and citizens regarding the 2nd amendment, and its interpretation.
“What exactly is the 2nd amendment?” many might ask. According to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, it is 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” (“The Constitution of United States,” Amendment II). The wording and interpretation of this document has become quite a controversy. For many, militia refers to the military not a group of citizens, so they believe the government should have complete control over all firearms which would allow for huge amounts of gun control or possibly even bans. However, there are also individuals and groups such as the National Rifle Association who believe this amendment proves that each and every citizen has the right to own and carry a firearm. These differing views are where all the debate and controversy begin to take root.
Gun control is a subject that continues to divide America, because there is no simple answer or solution. There is a huge divide between rural areas, where hunting is a tradition that is emb...

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Overall, America’s foundation was based on a few very important and well known rights. Of course this includes the 2nd amendment, and overtime, that right has become embedded into the very culture of the United States. With this culture comes tradition, many are willing to fight for or against. This division has created quite a bit of controversy. However, if everyone would set their differences and opinions and focus on the facts, it becomes quite obvious that the only individuals that gun laws will actually regulate are the law abiding citizens. Of course, criminals will never obey the laws without harsher consequences, and the mentally unstable will continue to lash out at society until they get the necessary help. The simple truth is that this nation doesn’t need more regulations, but it does need to fix the issues that exist within what is already in place.

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