Gun rights and gun control are always hot items during any political discussion, whether it is between peers or politicians. One of the many great advantages to being an American is the ability to choose for one's own self what to believe in, another advantage, in my opinion, is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It is my intention over the next several pages to make you aware of my point of view on the issue of gun rights. I will bring up arguments for gun rights and against gun control, citing all sources used. Some topics to be discussed are the Second Amendment, media influence on weapons violence, and the effects of crime rates in areas that allow open or concealed carry. I would like to preface with some safety notes,
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The opponents of gun ownership would argue that the Army National Guard is our militia, therefore we would not need armed citizens. The National Guard is not the militia our founders had envisioned as it is an extension of the federal government, it can be ordered to fight uprising in any state and overseas. The Dick Act of 1903 defined the National Guard as the “organized militia” and all other citizens were the “unorganized militia”(2), therefore the National Guard is only part of the militia, and the entire militia is made up of the whole population. The militia men of colonial times owned their militia weapons, fought with them, and returned home with them. Therefore, it only makes sense for modern militia men to keep and bear the arms of the militia: the semi automatic rifle with medium to high capacity magazines. Just keep in mind that it is the right and responsibility of every American citizen to defend our country from enemies foreign and domestic.
Advocates of gun rights might make the argument that media, not guns themselves, could be to blame for excessive gun violence by glamorizing or making a celebrity of gun related criminals. To paraphrase a book by Loren Coleman, The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines(3), sometimes the attention given to