Everyday in the United States, ninety families are changed forever; guns claim an average of ninety lives every day in the United States, 33,000 lives in a single year. Gun control has been a debate in the United States for many years and is constantly thrusted back into the public’s attention by horrific shootings. These shootings constantly cause individuals to petition the government to place stricter and stricter regulations of guns. However, these policies cannot be the solution to this problem. To determine a solution that will be both effective and constitutional, we must look at statistics and research that has been conducted to determine the best course of action.
The Second Amendment of the constitution states that as an American citizen, you have the right to bear arms. While this has been one of our rights for hundred of years, some believe that this amendment causes more issues and violence. Mass shootings generally trigger the gun control debate. As the two opposing opinions disagree, along with the pro-gun right party is the National Rifle Association(NRA). On the opposing side is a group of lobbyists that have called themselves the Brady Campaign but have changed their name along the way, adding various other gun restriction advocates.
The issue of gun control is the violence caused by the lack of restrictions. Throughout the country, there are mass shootings performed by people who have mental imbalances. These people are not sound in judgement. Guns do not always create a negative affect. Firearms are a staple of law enforcement.
We will not be silenced “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.” These 27 words have meant a lot in the news lately. You see Facebook posts, tweet after tweet about this. I am not here to argue with you, but I feel like only one side of this topic is being discussed.
Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, Ana Marquez-Green, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emile Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison Wyatt. Who are these people you ask? These are all the children, between 6 – 7 years old, who were victim of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. On December 14, a gunman opened fire in Connecticut elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them children and 6 of them adults. It was the most horrific event that shook the whole country.
America Needs Gun Control Once said by former American politician Eliot Spencer, “Yes, people pull the trigger, but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary , and delay means more death and horror.” His remarks mean that gun control will reduce tragedies. While gun control will affect law-abiding citizens also, gun control will limit people from getting guns and will lessen mass shootings.
Though stopping gun violence would be wonderful, it’s an ideal that America can no longer conquer. Too many citizens would disobey new laws to ban guns from our citizens’ grasp. Riots would arise, and illegal trades would become all the more frequent. But, there are solutions that could decrease the amount of gun violence within our country.
The Fight for Gun Rights In 2015, a man named Chris Harper-Mercer shot and killed eight of his fellow classmates, and injured nine others. All throughout his life Mercer had mental and emotional issues, yet in the aftermath of the massacre, people put more blame on the gun than on Mercer himself (Healy and Lovett). In the past few years gun laws have become more strict because people believe they are a danger to society. That, however, is not always true.
The Truth “It’s everywhere. Guns and violence are in every nook and cranny of America. Many children can get a gun quicker than they can get a book out of a library. That puts us all at risk”(Marian Wright Edelman). One should not argue to repeal the second amendment.
The recent media footage of the destruction of innocent, young lives re-ignites the gun reform debate again, and what we as a community can do to prevent another tragedy. The outpourings of grief and horror are becoming all too frequent in our society. What has gone wrong? Why do human beings feel the need to express their anger and disappointment with their lives by resorting to such extreme violence? The ramifications of easily accessible firearms are like opening a Pandora's Box.
One of the most debated and intense arguments is the issue on gun control and gun policies. Gun control and gun rights is always an emotional topic that has been fought in the political arena for many years, especially during presidential elections. Gun control proponents want to see all guns extinguished and they believe that guns are a key problem to crime, but gun rights advocates believe that the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Gun control is not the solution to limiting or restricting crime. First off, I want to go over the fact that most criminals usually don’t get their guns legally and that by putting forth a law it would not guarantee lower crime rates.
The subject of gun control is hotly debated not only by the media and special interest groups but also by law enforcement agencies, and ordinary citizens alike. Some feel that since the Second Amendment was written before the advent of modern firearms that it is outdated. Others believe that it is an inalienable right that must be preserved in order for Americans to remain a free people. The Second Amendment 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. ”(archives.gov)
Does Gun Control Work? Man has ruled over the earth for centuries. Using spears and swords to kill animals for food or to fight man on the battlefield. Then a new substance and tool was created to change the whole world. There have been reports of the mix of gunpowder creating explosions.