Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This means that no matter how well you try to protect someone or something from any type of threat, your sacrifices and efforts are unwilling of the rights and protection that was initially offered. This extends over to the opposition of gun control. Gun control is the effort to regulate or control the sale of guns as stated by World Net Web, Princeton. President Obama has created his own gun control, which is planned to spend millions on research, counseling, and training and to implement stricter background checks when purchasing guns. Along with the fact, Obama’s gun control plan is to also ban the use of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
Not only is it wrong to penalize law-abiding citizens, it is against the Second Amendment. It is unconstitutional to pass laws that infringe on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Second Amendment is often misinterpreted because of the wording; people believe it only applies to the military or militia. The Second Amendment reads; “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.” On June 26th, 2008, the Supreme Court established, in the case District of Columbia v. Heller, that citizens are the militia and the Second Amendment is an individual right. McDonald v. Chicago, set the precedent that the amendment covers every state and locality—not just federal enclaves (Levy 1).
First of all, gun control is an obvious violation of the Second Amendment. As stated in the Bill of Rights, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Law-abiding Americans who are over age 18 have enjoyed the right to own weapons for over 200 years. Is it logical or realistic to take that right away from them now? No; it’s not. Besides, gun control is almost too controversial to consider.