Gun Control Laws Should Be Legal Essay

1127 Words May 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Gun control policies are a debatable topic within the United States. Over half of the homicide deaths each year are gun related, and mass shootings are becoming frighteningly frequent. Lawmakers currently debate over making restrictive gun control laws that will intensify the requirements to become a legal gun owner with hopes of preventing the thousands of deaths caused by shootings each year. Gun rights activists believe that the government is threatening their second amendment right to bear arms, and argue that restrictive laws will not reduce death and injuries associated with guns. Although tougher gun control laws may not put an end to gun related deaths, tougher gun control laws can reduce the violence promoted in American culture, thus curbing gang violence and helping keep guns out of the hands of people who could be a threat to society.
Americans primarily use the idea of the Constitution’s Second Amendment as a way to justify their right to bear arms in private or in public. They argue, “Americans who are qualified to possess firearms shouldn’t be denied the right to participate in their own defense” (Goldberg 1). Although the Constitution allows one the right to carry arms in public, it is crucial that Americans understand that not all guns are allowed. The Second Amendment does not permit Americans to carry assault weapons. Pro-gun activists then go on to argue that too many Americans already own a gun or have access to a gun, making the need for further…

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