The Pros And Cons Of Gun Control

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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. As being pro-gun restrictions, one’s logic is that the ability to buy certain assault rifles and weapons makes it likely for a public shooting to happen. The …show more content…

Pro gun supporters believe it is important because it is a Constitutional Right that gives us the right to protect ourselves. Included in that constitutional right stated very specifically is that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"(Cornell 1). It serves to remind us that nobody has the right to take that constitutional right away from us. Pro gun supporters see the need to uphold the Second Amendment as means of self defense from the threat of local criminals as well as foreign invaders. Others of a differing opinion have formed the pro gun control assembly. They are of the thought process that believe gun control should be enacted and enforced in spite of the Second Amendment. Beginning in 1974, various groups started to assemble to begin the modern day gun control movement. They collectively gathered in 2014 to form a lobby for gun control. Anti gun supporters believe that violence would decrease if there were no guns among citizens. They also believe that the ability to buy rifles and assault weapons equates to mass violence. Supporters of more gun control laws acquire the idea that the Second Amendment was originally created for rebellion groups. Throughout mass shooting incidents, studies have shown that “the total number of gun deaths …show more content…

Constitution and preserving the rights of American citizens. The Columbine shootings, the Sandy Hook shootings and the Colorado movie theatre shootings are all events that have taken place over the past 20 years that have heightened the awareness of gun violence in the US. Gun control advocates believe situations like these could be prevented with stricter laws and smart gun laws. On the other side of the argument are those that oppose using tragedy to further a lost cause. There is no evidence suggesting more laws would have prevented these shootings. Criminals do not abide by the law. Gun control advocates believe “more gun control laws would deter gun related deaths”. Opposing viewpoint believe that gun ownership deters crime rather than gun laws being the reason. Gun control advocates believe the presence of a gun increases the likelihood of more gun violence including mass shootings while opposing views believe gun presence will help prevent these instances and allow for the possibility of quicker defense action from armed civilians . Both viewpoints hold value, however it seems that instead of enacting more laws surrounding the issue; perhaps gun violence would be better dealt with by enforcing the laws already in place. On November 25, 2016 South Carolina Congressman Trey

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