Gun Control And The Rights Of A Free State Essay

796 Words Oct 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Gun Control
The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The amendment’s intended scope is under heavy debate. On one hand, proponents of more gun control interpret the amendment as being meant for the militia and thus gun laws should be more scrupulous for the average American citizen, although some believe in a more Draconian approach of completely abolishing guns altogether. However, opponents of additional gun control believe that the amendment is protecting an individual’s right to own guns and defend themselves and their families. Unlike proponents, their belief is that gun control laws do not deter crime, rather that gun ownership does because criminals don’t obey the law, isn’t needed to prevent firearm accidents, and it hasn’t worked for other countries.
25% of 143 guns were obtained illegally of the 62 mass shootings from 1982-2012 in the U.S and of the 62 shooters only 49 acquired their guns legally (1). Gun control laws will only confiscate guns from law abiding citizens leaving them entirely defenseless against criminals. Banning guns doesn’t get rid of them, like drugs, criminals will find a way to obtain them because lawbreakers don’t obey the law. In Chicago gun shops, shooting ranges, assault weapons, and high capacity magazines were banned, yet in 2014 there were over 2,000 shooting victims, including 390 murders. (2) (3) (4)…

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