Gun Control Essay

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Gun control has been a hot topic for very long time. People on the anti- gun control side believe that gun ownership is a Constitutional right backed by the Second Amendment. This topic has brought many arguments for many people. Both sides have a strong and proven point to their opinions. In order to discuss firearms we must understand its definition. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a firearm is "a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder- usually used of small arms". The Oxford Dictionary simply states that a firearm is “a rifle, pistol, or other portable gun". These definitions are vague and somewhat confusing to those who are not very knowledgeable in the firearm subject. Many reporters and anti-firearm organizations also include assault weapons and semi automatic weapons. So I will simply speak of firearms to include all guns and rifles. 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".(U.S. C:SA) The second amendment should help secure right of the people to have a gun in their home. The government should not be permitted to declare who would or would not be able to bear arms on the basis of vague religious tests or any other nebulous standard or artifice. Anti-firearm groups have been around since the Constitution was written. These organizations believe that gun ownership should be limited and very strict. Their quest is to reduce violence, ensure that the government enacts national regulations, ban all types of assault weapons, and restrict the number of guns individuals can buy during a specified time. The banning of assault weapons is thought to reduce violent crimes. In other words, anti-gun organizations feel that private citizens should not be allowed to own them. Gun restriction has been aided

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