Gun Control Essay

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Gun Control Recently due to all of the events happening in America today dealing with gun violence, the topic of gun control has become not just one concern, but many. Everyone sees the idea of gun control differently, to some it's a criminal issue and to others it's a rights issue. No matter what side one is for, these horrendous acts of violence in America need to be eliminated. In a recent article, “Why Gun ‘Control’ Is Not Enough”, Jeff McMahan discusses his views on this very controversial issue. He believes that the U.S. should ban private gun ownership entirely. I believe the U.S. governments should not ban private gun owner ship because it goes against our Second Amendment, and also work to improve the network of background checks and strengthen gun laws. Right from beginning of McMahan’s article, he makes it known which side he supports. McMahan suggests, “The United States should ban private gun ownership entirely.” (McMahan n.p.). This idea of McMahan’s is would never succeed. First and foremost, that idea goes against what our country was built on. In the U.S. constitution, the 2nd amendment states the following, “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.” (Cornell University n.p.). As it says in the amendment, that would be infringement, which is illegal. For our government to take away one of our rights as a U.S. citizen and go against our founding fathers would cause nothing but chaos. Secondly, one has to take in consideration the amount of guns bought and owned by Americans. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, “Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property.” (Saad n.p.). With that, many Americans owning at least one firearm, the ban of all private gun ownership is going to be

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