Gun control laws have become such a huge controversy in the United States due to the fact that citizens believe their Second Amendment right is being taken away from them. In my eyes, I believe that extended gun control measures should be taken to ensure that access to assault weapons should be limited to certain people. I believe one deserve a well rounded background check to see if any mental health issues are visible. I also believe you have the right to own a weapon and the government is not trying to take away your hunting rifles, personal permitted handguns, etc. They government is emphasizing more on the fully automatic weapons, explosives, armor and other things that only the military should have access to.
One side to this ongoing argument is that all guns in the United States need to be banned. Many Americans feel this way, believing that, “violence is out of control. Guns are a major cause. They should all be banned- the sooner the better.” To be exact nearly three out of four Americans, 73%, believe that guns need to be under a lot more control. The second amendment says “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.” (Bill of Rights).
Gun casualties and incidents throughout the country have woken the public up from its ignorance and shown them the danger guns can pose to society (Martinez, 2013). While some people want a complete blanket ban on the ownership of guns, others wants an easier access to guns so that every person may look after their own security. Part of what makes the term gun control a very controversial topic is that it’s used in a ambiguous way that does not explain the details of the issue and the demands, apart from literally controlling guns. The two prominent sides of the debate are the groups who ask for liberal gun laws that make it easier for a person to procure guns and conversely, there are groups who want to repeal the second amendment. I personally am a strong believer that an “ideal society” should have no guns; nevertheless crime is a big problem to the citizens of our society and guns are necessary.
One solution about the problem may be to speak up about the problem. How will anyone know that gun violence is a problem and must be stopped? “Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed” A great quote that support this solution. We need to speak up, adults as well as our young children. Adults can speak to the young children and let them know what’s right from wrong considering our young children are the ones being targeting when it comes to gun play as well as violence.
However, controlling the distribution and sales of registered guns and owners is necessary because of the criminals that use for them for violence and the homicide rates we have in this nation today. The purchasing and owning of guns and the purpose they are used for should be under control to prevent crimes of passion, reduce accidental deaths that involve handguns, and minimize gun related suicide. There are many sound reasons firearms should be controlled in the United States (Gun Control Facts 2013) Benefits of Gun Control One of the more important reasons guns should be controlled in the United States would be to reduce the number of crimes of passion. A crime of passion usually involves last minutes hasty decisions involving gun fire. Many people are shot following or in the result of verbal confrontations.
Should people have the right to bear arms? George Washington once said, “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” Americans need to fight to keep the second amendment. Gun ownership is necessary for self defense in your home and on the streets and to decrease crime in communities and neighborhoods; and taking away the Second Amendment will make America less of a free country. Eliminating the second Amendment will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves against psychos with guns.
According to a report by statistician, William Sturdevant, “A majority of adults who legally carry concealed handguns are law-abiding citizens, who do not misuse their firearms”. Criminals get to make the choice for themselves whether or not they carry or conceal a handgun, regardless of their criminal history. Responsible citizens should all have the same advantages to protect themselves. It has been said that when someone draws a gun in self-defense, most of the time the criminal just backs off. Our right to carry concealed handguns is guaranteed by The Second Amendment of The US Constitution, it states “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.” The right to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun is permitted in all states, excluding Washington D.C. As long as The Second Amendment is in place we will continue to have the right to bear arms.
The overall question that summarizes the topic may be seen as this – Is the right to bear arms more important than the safety of the general public? Gun rights advocates believe that under the constitution, they should have the right to possess and carry guns. As long as we keep the dangerous people in check, then the safety of the general public will not be a problem. However, gun control advocates are strong supporters of the idea that guns are responsible for the large-scale massacres. They believe that if we can eliminate guns from the big picture, we can eradicate the murders as well.
10/18/11 Thesis Even though many people would disagree: Today’s gun owners should not only register their guns new and old, but they should also be required to take an extensive gun safety class that they would be required to pass before they could carry a weapon. Gun owners should be held responsible for any crimes or actions that were taken do to the use of their registered fire arms regardless of how it was used. In the State of Arizona with the “Department of Public Safety “, it is a requirement for a gun owner to have a permit before carrying a concealed weapon. Arizona has the most leniencies on the registration of guns. I feel if we had stricter gun laws that our crime rates would plummet.
I am one that is for stricter gun laws in America, as it is scary to think of future generations where gun ownership is just as common as owning a car. On the Whitehouse website, the first thing that popped up when researching about gun laws and violence with weapons was, “Now is the time to do something about gun violence.” Now to me, this sounds like congress has every intention to do “something” about guns and gun violence, but what? After the Sandy Hook shooting, in Barack Obama’s speech he mentioned that it was an “obligation” for America to do something to prevent events like this from occurring again. The site also says, “Most gun owners are responsible and law abiding.” The key word here is “most”. What about the others who are not responsible and law abiding?