Gun Control: A Barrel Full of Heated Controversies

argumentative Essay
1901 words
1901 words

Introduction: In 1791, James Madison drafted 10 amendments to the Constitution that would eventually become the Bill of Rights. The amendment that I will be discussing is the Second Amendment, which clearly states people have the right to bear arms and will that it will not be changed. The Founding Fathers wanted this in the Constitution to ensure that individuals could get together and have the power to fight back if the government or some other tyranny tried to overthrow them. This one Amendment has however sparked much controversy in the world we live in today. I researched the works of John Lott, Rachel Alexander, Eric Goodchild, Maj. L. Caudill, and Richard Moore before writing this essay and I gained a lot of interesting perspectives on the infamous gun debate from both sides of the argument. While researching John Lott I noticed statistics on gun violence in correspondence with those who have concealed weapon’s licenses. According to Lott, from October 1st, 1987, when Florida’s “concealed-carry” law took effect, to 1996 over 380,000 licenses had been issued and only 72 had been revoked due to crimes committed (12). He goes on to discuss the same types of statistics in a lot of other heavily populated states. He was very adamant about keeping guns in the hands of the civilians; with proper safety courses and registration of course. As opposed to Antonio Guinn who believed gun laws are becoming more and more lenient. He goes on to say that people can buy weapons at auction and on the black market with no permits needed. He goes on to discuss the NRA (National Rifle Associations) poor interference in politics and says that they are hurting gun control by going in the wrong direction. Overall Antonio Guinn believes that guns a... ... middle of paper ... ...earms keeps track of imported firearms, makes the requirements for gun-dealer record keeping more in-depth, and also limits the sales of handguns. Shortly following these acts were those that consisted of gun-free school zones, safety triggers be built into pistols for child safety, 5-day waiting periods for handguns, and many others. In addition to the laws passed above, there was a big case in 1976 in which Washington D.C. passed a total ban on handgun ownership. This law went uncontested for quite some time until Robert A. Levy brought up suit against Washington D.C. It was 2003 when the case was first brought up and took 5 years to get in to the Supreme Court. So writing for the majority in D.C. v. Heller, Justice Scalia acknowledged the problem that gun violence poses in American cities, but declared that D.C.’s ban on handgun ownership was unconstitutional.

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that if we were to get rid of guns we would essentially force the violence from caused by guns to dissipate.
  • Explains that people with mental illnesses can cause mass casualties to innocent civilians if they get their hands on weapons. the sandy hook elementary shooting in newtown killed 20 students and 6 adults before taking his own life.
  • Opines that background checks and a mandatory waiting period would help deter criminals and possible tragedies. regulation of ownership of firearms will help in the goal of less violent crimes and deaths.
  • Explains that criminals have earned their names because they aren't law-abiding citizens. by banning guns, they will have another black market to start up. unreasonable restrictions on firearms do not prevent crime.
  • Argues that there are problems with both sides of the argument. if gun laws were to remain legalized, firearms owned by people could fall into the hands of children, strangers, or mentally unstable if improperly watched over.
  • Opines that simply removing guns will not solve the problems we are having and letting people go on how they are stirring up quite the commotion in certain groups.
  • Compares the pro- and anti-gun control arguments. prohibition in the us was a nationwide ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.
  • Compares the views of john lott, rachel alexander, eric goodchild, maj. l. caudill, and richard moore.
  • Defines gun control laws as laws that restrict or regulate the sale, purchase, or possession of firearms through licensing, registration or identification requirements. liberals lean towards stricter gun laws with conservatives heading in the opposite direction.
  • Explains that the process of getting a concealed weapons license differs from state to state and county to county.
  • Explains that the right to carry a concealed weapon is at the forefront of the american gun debate.
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