The Government Must Restrict the Availability of Assault Rifles

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In the United States government today, one of the foremost issues is whether or not weaponry should not only be restricted but completely taken away. The issue is more predominant than it used to be because of the increase in mass shootings, such as Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO. Pope Benedict XVI said, “No reduction or elimination of arms can happen without eliminating violence at its root.” However, something our government does not realize is that guns are not the root of violence, but are merely a branch of the larger tree. The United States government should place a restriction on eligibility when purchasing an assault rifle, but not on the purchase of handguns and bolt-action rifles which are needed for self-protection, for the livelihood of certain Americans, the protection of our basic Second Amendment right, and to bolster our economy. The American citizen’s need for self-protection when being assaulted by a criminal is necessary and should be one of the paramount reasons not to apply gun laws to the American society. All citizens have the right to defend themselves as a way of freeing themselves or others from possible harm from an aggressor. The country itself has a right to self-preservation, and if weapons are taken from United States citizens, the people would have to put all faith in the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corp) when attacked by terrorists, rival countries, and other such groups. Pope Benedict XVI said, “States will need to be armed for reason of legitimate defense.” The official Vatican stand on this controversial topic is not clear. Vatican officials and popes have given speeches on the subject but have not written any encyclicals, a letter written ... ... middle of paper ... ...+debates>. Masters, Jonathan. “U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons.” Backgrounder. Jul. 15, 2013, Council on Foreign Relations. Web. Oct. 10, 2013 . Snow, Elly. “Gun Control and Hunting.” Sporting Life 360. Nov. 12, 2008. Web. Nov. 5, 2013 . White, Brian. “Maryland Gun Sales Reach Record Levels Right Before New Gun Control Law Takes Effect.” Huff Post Politics. Sep. 28, 2013, Huffington Post. Web. Oct. 10, 2013 . Zapor, Patricia. “Faith groups begin to muster their member in support of gun controls.” Catholic News Service. Jan. 18, 2013, USCCB. Web. Oct. 2, 2013. .

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