The Right to Own a Gun
Are you willing to sit back and become a victim of violent crime or allow the government to tamper with your civil liberties? In recent years, anti-gun politicians have attempted to control guns in the name of crime prevention this is an assault on the Second Amendment rights of US citizens . The Second Amendment states, “ 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.” Not only did our Founding Fathers focus their debate on the right of people to keep and bear arms, they devoted energy to encouraging future generations to defend theses freedoms. In defense of gun ownership, Alexander Hamilton said, “If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens.”
The Second Amendment
The 2nd amendment “The Right to Bear Arms” has not been brought up to date in over 200 hundred years and it is time that we make the necessary adjustments. Handguns and assault weapons are to blame for many mass killings in America. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Handguns and semi automatic weapons have been used in these massacres.
“If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” is a slogan used by gun owners and their supporters. This topic was discussed at a meeting here in the United States according to the group, the Right to Keep the Bear Arms, based in Bellevue, Washington. Most gun loving Americans would tend to agree with that statement, which, based on the current rhetoric coming out of Washington D.C., may become a reality in the lifetime of today’s teens. If Americans have not been keeping up with the news lately then they might be surprised to know that gun rights are, for a lack of better term, are under fire. Although, on almost a daily basis, there seems to be news stories about shootings and killing’s throughout America by criminals and people with mental issues, it seems that only law abiding gun owners are going to suffer the most by any new gun restricting laws that may be passed by lawmakers in the United States. Excessive gun control would take away the rights of law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their property. It could also effect the recreational use of guns, and would not keep guns from criminals.
Gun control is a hot-button issue that boils over whenever acts of gun violence occur, such as the recent tragedy in Paris. Citizens, lawmakers, and gun lobbyists have been debating the issue of gun control for more than a century, and there has yet to be a definitive answer. Advocates of gun control don’t believe that state and federal gun control acts do enough, and gun rights advocates believe that the laws go too far. Opponents of gun control laws argue that Americans have the right to bear arms that it’s their right. They say that gun control laws would help individuals defend themselves and their property lawfully, as well as supporting the rights of hunters, sports shooters, and recreational gunmen. While the advocates
Americans Have the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Our rights as Americans started to take shape when the Constitution of the United States was drawn up by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Three years later, a very important part of American history called the Bill of Rights was added. The Bill of Rights is looked upon and interpreted every day. It gives the citizens of the United States many of the rights and freedoms that we value today, and some of those are in jeopardy.
A study from the American College of Physicians show that firearm homicides and suicides account for 95.9% of the 464,033 gun-related deaths in the United States of America between 1999 and 2013. This statistic shows the terrifying number of intentional gun-related deaths in a country with looser gun control. Also, people who possess weapons and firearms tend to be involved in violence. With America’s high gun ownership of approximately 112 guns per 100 residents, that tendency seems inevitable to most civilians. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health concludes that “legal purchase of a handgun appears to be associated with a long-lasting increased of risk of violent death” (Cummings, Grossman, Koepsell, Savarino and Thompson, 1). This study shows that being exposed to guns will eventually lead to violence. By enforcing stricter gun control and ownership, gun-related homicide and suicide rates are bound to drop. Not to mention, large homicidal acts such as mass shootings are associated with the possession and use of legal firearms. The article “How They Got Their Guns” by The New York Times illustrate that “a vast majority of guns used in 16 recent mass shootings, including two guns believed to be used in the last Orlando attack, were bought legally and with a federal background check” (Buchanan, Keller, Oppel and Victor, 1). With such
Those parties in favor of gun ownership and the freedom to use and keep weapons, rely on the fact that the facility for such rights is preserved in the constitution. In this climate of growing violence, common with chaos and crime, gun activists feel more than ever that their position is justified. As citizens of the “Land of the Free” owning a gun is an
There are an abundant number of places in this country in which you would expect to see people advocating the reduction or revocation of gun control laws. The first places to come to mind would be Montana or Colorado, because of the more rural connotations those places have been given in the popular media outlets such as movies, magazines, and television. Montana is depicted as a state where there are large sweeping plains and horse ranches over every horizon, while Colorado is a land of mountains and forests with a very small amount of urban invasion. This argument however comes out of Brooklyn, from a Midwood High School newspaper deep in the boroughs of New York. Considering the fact that in a national gun ownership survey only 18 percent of the residents polled in New York owned a firearm of any kind, the fight for more relaxed laws would mean more to the author because the laws are so strict. Jacob Berk, class of 2012, writes in the school paper about many varied topics that are a part of the lives of the school readers, from subjects as apparently trivial as whether it is better to ride a bike or take the bus to school in the morning to subjects as charged as this one about the current state of gun control laws. This particular article addresses the dangers of gun control and how they affect the crimes rates of various states. Even at such a young age Berk is speaking insightfully about a variety of subjects making it difficult to see his youth on the page. Because Berk has no authority on his own as of yet he uses many facts to back his argument and give it credibility, from statistical sites such as www.walletpop.com, www.disastercenter.com, and www.pulpless.com. Berk draws upon his own life experiences and observations fo...
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, hunt for food and engage in sporting activities. The issue of Guns and gun control is complex. 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.
In current day society, it is frequently promoted as self-defense and our “duty” as Americans to own a gun of some sort. The second amendment to the constitution declares that “We the People” are allowed to bear arms because we live in a free State. Although these statements are true, at what cost? The question, “at what cost,” arises due to the recent push for an extension and enforcement of the second amendment. The people of the States have been pushing for desired concealed carry at public areas, such as schools. Statements and questions of concern have been on the as to whether or not this idea is “smart”. Contrary of it allowing some people to feel safe, the idea should be imposed. Guns are weapons and they have the history behind them