Positive and Negative Effects of Guns

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Starting in the early 1300’s, guns have become a major issue in our society. The right to bear arms is an American right featured in the second Amendment of the Constitution (Sullum 34). In the 18th century, when the constitution was written, times were different; there was a need for armed citizens to insure the safety of the society as a whole. However, factors such as gun use in crimes, robberies, and murders have led to many innocent lives being taken and the crime rate to rapidly increase. I believe, owning a gun has both, positive and negative effects, and also play an important role in our society. Across the nation, both men and women own guns for their careers, as a sense of protection or just for recreational use. Imagine policemen trying to stop crime without being able to carry a gun. It would almost be impossible for them to protect their lives and other innocent people among the community. Guns can protect others from harm and also frighten criminals into running away or giving up. Many families fear the break-ins of their homes by burglars. Owning a gun can give the homeowner a sense of protection and could even save his or her life in the worst case scenario (Grzeskowiak 12). Hunting and gathering was once the only way people could provide food for their families. Just as common today, guns make hunting easier by shooting and killing their prey with great accuracy and reliability (Sullum 28). Recreational use of guns has been around for several centuries. Competitions and special events have been set up for those enthusiasts who have a passion for shooting guns. As we know, there are numerous negative effects that are due to people owning guns. In the recent years, many gun laws and bans have been established as a result of the crime rate increasing. Guns make it easier to commit these crimes; enforcing fear onto their victims to get what they want

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