Argumentative Essay: The Fight For Gun Rights

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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. Despite the idea that firearms create a more violent environment, guns should be allowed on campuses because they themselves are not the issue. Gun-free zones are not necessarily safe, and guns are not the only potential weapon. In today’s society, guns themselves are not the issue, people are. Guns are “inanimate objects, chunks of metal with no will of their own” (Medred 3) that are not capable of doing anything unless a person takes control. When the person who wields the gun is unstable problems start to arise. According to a study done by the New York Times, “of 100 rampage murderers … 47 were mentally ill” (Kopel 2). In the past few years there has been an increase in the number of mentally ill people in society. It seems as though the government is less willing to admit people into mental institutes, which in turn, explains why…show more content…
When taking into consideration the fact that a gun is just an object, it can be seen that guns themselves are not dangerous, the people wielding them are. Also, despite places saying they are a gun-free zone, it does not mean they are safe. Lastly, guns are not the only potential weapons students are exposed to in their daily life. Albert Einstein once said, “The world is a dangerous place to live; Not just because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it.” So let us come together to fight for our
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