Gun Control

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“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 ideals and dreams of the founding fathers are very simple and straightforward. The early leaders in America felt strongly about the rights of the people to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. As a result of recent mass violent incidents involving firearms, many people are calling for strict gun laws. Some of these proposals make it nearly impossible for the average law-abiding citizen to buy and own firearms for self-defense. Some lawmakers support these ideas and claim that gun-violence will decrease if strict limitations are placed on the purchase and ownership of firearms. One thing people struggle to realize is that laws do not take guns out of the hands of criminals. They just take the guns out of hands of good citizens looking out for society’s best interests. Statistics about what really happens when strict gun laws are imposed on the American people show that the United States is a safer place to live when the average law-abiding citizen is allowed to own a firearm. Gun restriction is all about control. It is not about protecting people from criminals at all. If gun restriction was about safety, it would actually show statistics for a safer society. The term “infringe” means limit or regulate (Beck xiv). The second amendment provides for a freedom against regulations to be placed on the people’s right to bear arms. Gun-control advocates argue that firearms should be controlled because they are “lethal”. The point of having a firearm is that it is lethal. Lethal force is often necessary in self-defense when the attacker is willing to use the same ... ... middle of paper ... ...reason. In Texas, more than 208,900 citizens were licensed to carry and only 160 were convicted of crimes (Gottlieb 15). In 1996, Pennsylvania granted 571,208 permits, Oregon granted 78,258, and Florida granted 192,016 permit (Lott 79). With the adoption of these laws, violent crime, murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, property crime, auto theft, burglary, and larceny all decreased (Lott 80). Civilians that are licensed to carry follow the rules. They use concealed carry the way it is designed. These are the people who would be able to walk around everywhere with no license or anything and no harm would be caused. These are the people who still believe in the foundation of America and the Bill of Rights with no regulations. These are the people who should—and do—carry weapons, not only for their own protection but often for the protection of others as well.

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