Personal Beliefs On Gun Control

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My personal belief on guns is that they are there to protect us as a society. Whether it be a police officer or a soldier or even your mom, guns can be used for good. I was brought up around guns and I learned how to safely handle them, but others do not have the experience I do and therefore misuse their weapon. We are protected under the second amendment right –the right to bear arms for all citizens—(US constitution) but all citizens includes criminals and mentally insane. Most crimes involving guns, the person is to later be found out to be insane, such as the movie theater killer, he obviously wasn’t in any frame of mind to own a gun. He killed 12 people and wounded 70. He also was seeing a phycologist and mailed her a letter of what he…show more content…
It should be more difficult for mentally insane people and felons to get guns, but the right shouldn’t be taken away from the sane people who interpret this right as to protect them from dangers. Gun control laws are just as old or older than the Second Amendment— ratified in 1791. “Some examples of gun control throughout colonial America included criminalizing the transfer of guns to Catholics, slaves, indentured servants, and Native Americans; regulating the storage of gun powder in homes; banning loaded guns in Boston houses; and mandating participation in formal gathering of troops and door-to-door surveys about guns owned (Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?). Gun control was very heavy back then to where most people couldn’t get them even if they wanted to. I think it is extreme to not let someone own a gun for racial or political reasons. Even though today we are very lax on gun control, saying people such as Catholics can’t obtain guns is ridiculous. There should be a clause in the second amendment that states “No person who has been imprisoned or deemed mentally insane can own a fire arm, and if they are found with one, the necessary methods will be taken to…show more content…
Then we hear the counter argument “People with guns kill people”. David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. made a good point; what if you place in another word for guns such as cars or bazookas (Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do?). Does the line the NRA uses as its slogan effectively convince people that it’s the one and only truth? Johnson also says the question is inconclusive. When putting cars into the statement, you realize cars aren’t meant to kill people. He says, obviously cars should not be illegal, but notice that this has nothing to do with the fact that they are proximate causes. (Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do?). Cars do in fact kill people just like guns do but they both don’t just get up and say “Hey! I want to kill someone today.” There has to be a person behind the wheel, or behind the firearm. People do drugs or get intoxicated to cloud their judgement. Most sober people would not take a gun to kill a person if it is not out of self-defense, unless they are insane. We have to realize that not all mentally ill people go seek help so there is not a way to keep a gun out of the hands of a crazy person. Just look at California. They have the strictest gun control laws and yet, a married couple shot and killed 14 people. This couple had been talking about shooting people as long as two years ago and FBI believes that they were both radicalized way before
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