Argumentative Essay: Controlling Our Second Constitutional Rights

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Controlling Our Second Constitutional Right Patrick L. Shartzer February 28, 2012 GE217 Abstract Our second amendment right to bear arms is being taken away bits at a time. I am all about gun control as long as it is in moderation. Some states have taken it too far though. Take California, for example. They have prohibited the ownership of firearms with magazines that hold more than ten rounds. That prohibits me from moving there or even visiting because I own such types of firearms and I keep one of them in my vehicle. I am not one of those “gun-toting”, “bigger than you because I have a gun” kind of person. I have them for personal protection, target practice, and competition/sport shooting. I personally enjoy hearing someone say…show more content…
Some laws, such as the waiting periods, have led to people getting hurt or even murdered because they had to wait for approval before completing the purchase. “On March 5, 1991 Bonnie Elmasri called a firearms instructor, worried that her husband-who was subject to a restraining order to stay away from her-had been threatening her and her children. When she asked the instructor about getting a handgun, the instructor explained that Wisconsin has a 48-hour waiting period. Ms. Elmasri and her two children were murdered by her husband twenty-four hours later.” (Dissell) “Armed with a knife, Charles A. Grant, Jr., sexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman on a Virginia beach one Tuesday in 1991. The assault was videotaped by a tourist who (not having a permit to carry a concealed handgun for protection) apparently could do nothing to help except record the crime. The following day, Wednesday, Charles Grant raped a 12-year-old girl. News broadcasts of the videotape of Grant's Tuesday assault frightened many people in the nearby Nags Head community. A young woman named Sonya Miller had wanted a handgun for a while, and on that Wednesday, her father bought her a .38 Special revolver. He gave her the revolver that evening. At about 9 P.M., Miss Miller went to the post office to pick up her mail. As she stepped into the dimly lit…show more content…
I proceeded to tell her about the statistics and reassured her that I wasn’t a criminal. I also explained to her that I carry a firearm for self-protection and I have guns locked in a safe that I use for target shooting. After that everything was fine. She even went out and purchased a handgun to keep around the house. I’m not saying that I disagree with gun control. I am saying it should be more practical and shouldn’t scare people from protecting themselves because they don’t want to jump through all of the hoops the government lays out for us. Works Cited Dissell, J. (n.d.). More Women and Children Killed by the Brady Bill. Retrieved February 29, 2012, from Gertz, G. K. (2008, September 18). Gun Control Fact Sheet 2004 "Highlights". Retrieved February 28, 2012, from Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2012, from Infoplease: National Institute of Justice "Gun Violence". (2007, March 1). Retrieved February 28, 2012, from National Institute of Justice:

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