The Issue of Guns and Gun Control in America

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In America guns have been a part of the country’s society since it’s birth. Throughout history the citizens of the US have used firearms to protect the nation, protect their families, to hunt for food and to engage in sporting activities. The issue of Guns and gun control takes on a proportion of extreme magnitude. Weighing the rights and liberties of the individual against the welfare and safety of the public has always been a precarious balancing act. In the United States, gun control is one of these tumultuous issues that has both sides firmly entrenched in their positions. Those parties in favor of gun ownership and the freedom to use and keep arms, rely on the fact that the provision for such rights is enshrined in their constitution. In this climate of growing violence, rife with turmoil and crime, gun advocates feel more than ever that their position is justified. As citizens of the “Land of the Free” possessing a gun is a fundamental right, and may even be a necessity... Anti- gun lobbyists point to the same growing violence and gun related crimes in an effort to call on the government to take action. By enacting more laws and stricter control, these people not in favor of guns feel society would be better safer. At present there are numerous regulations and restrictions on firearms imposed by the government. However there are no national mandated requirements or all encompassing legislation. The laws in place vary from state to state and are in some cases are poorly enforced. Hard evidence as to the effectiveness of these present regulations is ambiguous. The question as to how the government and society deals with gun control is unique to the USA. In a complex issue such as gun control both sides of the equation have ... ... middle of paper ... ...m. The conundrum is any legislation in the past, or present seems to have little effect on the proliferation of guns by the people. Before any new laws are passed, it is perhaps a more worthwhile effort to increase the level of enforcement of present legislation. Ironically, as a knowledgeable man once said “Locks are for honest people.” The criminal element, or those deemed not responsible enough, will always find a way to procure what they wish. It seems any marginally effective or plausible resolution to the “gun control” question will not be a wholly legal one. To ban guns totally in America could not be done and maybe should not be done. This would deny a great segment of the population who have firearms and use them lawfully. Cultural awareness, education and a fundamental change in the “American way of life” will have to be incorporated in any legal proposal.
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