Essay On The Pros And Cons Of Gun Control

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of guns, is violence and tragedy. If you were to ask someone else, they may say guns are used for protection or hunting. There are pros and cons to every argument. The subject of gun control is no different. The Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right of every American to bear arms. Random acts of violence have resulted in serious injury and death to innocent people as a result of guns being in the wrong hands. When it comes to the debate over gun control, Americans for or against, are very passionate about their arguments. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, states that “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.” In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled on what this means exactly. It applies to individuals, not just militias. Because of this ruling, for example, the Washington D.C. ban on handguns was overturned and established a person’s right to keep a handgun at home for self-defense. About one third of all Americans…show more content…
It may be one of the most heated issues of our time and a topic that most Americans are very passionate about. From the Second Amendment to the various gun control laws currently in place to our elected lawmakers, random tragedies are still taking place. In 2007, a gunman killed 33 students at Virginia Tech. In 2009, an Army major killed 13 people and wounded 30 others. Let’s not forget the Columbine shootings as well. It seems to me that it is still too easy to get a hold of a gun. Jared Loughner, even after being rejected by Army recruiters for a failed drug test, was able to walk into a sporting goods store in Tucson, purchase a semiautomatic weapon and high capacity ammunition clips. He then proceeded to open fire outside of a supermarket, killing six and wounding 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle
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