Gun Control Essay

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Do we need tougher gun control laws? One of the most controversial issues in our society today is the topic of private gun ownership and gun control laws. This controversy has arisen mostly due to the different ways that the second constitutional amendment is interpreted. The amendment states that "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" (Lott, 2000). On one side of the issue, there are those that believe that the amendment guarantees the right of individuals to possess and carry a wide variety of firearms. On the other side are those that contend that the amendment was only meant to guarantee to States the right to operate militias. One thing that both sides agree upon is that it is up to the Supreme Court to resolve this debate, as it is their responsibility to enforce the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, strict gun control laws have been created for the safety of the public. Gun control laws serve their purpose well, and through things such as criminal background checks, training, and permits, they promote responsible gun ownership. 10,527 people die a year in a handgun related incidents in the United States (Smith). This number, by far, outweighs those gun related deaths in countries such as Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan. What is the reason for such drastic differences in numbers? The previous mentioned countries have stricter gun control laws and they require bare arm safety courses. These laws have a direct relationship to the number of gun deaths which occur each year from country to country. Perhaps if the U.S. would adopt some of those laws the number of deaths would drop accordingly. Winthrop addressed such a dilemma almost 350 years ago in his "Speech to the General Court" in 1645 (Winthrop). Winthrop's two main problems were

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