Argument On Gun Control

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Throughout my life I have heard numerous arguments on the position of gun control and how best to curb violence by increasing regulation. Americans have had an individual common-law right to own guns since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock. The Second Amendment recognizes that Americans have an individual constitutional right to own and use guns. All have the right to keep and bear arms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the right to live in a safe society. However, strict gun control alone cannot solve our gun problems. Statistics prove that most crimes are not committed with legally bought guns but rather guns acquired through “black-market” sources. As I have learned it is not the gun that causes the problem but human behavior within communities troubled by gun violence.

Craig R. Whitney provides a well organized account of both sides of the gun control debate in Living with Guns, A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment. He does this by providing an exhausting array of
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However, one of the biggest unanswered questions regarding buyback is “Where is the money going to come from to pay for returned guns”? Also, Whitney does not explain how to implement this program to help reduce gun violence. Ample evidence of the history of gun violence is provided in the book but not imperative to get his point across. Statistics provided by the author from high crime cities reveal overwhelming evidence that more gun laws do not lead to less gun violence. He believes the object of gun control laws should be more to try to keep illegal guns off the streets than to discourage legal ownership. Gun violence should be viewed as a disease. Prevention measures should focus on the most highly infectious patients. This helps from spreading the infection to

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