Gun Control Vs. Gun Rights Essay

1709 Words Sep 26th, 2016 7 Pages
In America, guns have been a part of the country’s society since about 1607, whether it be war, hunting, protecting your family, it has always been a symbol for many things. The gun control vs. gun rights debate has been an ongoing controversy since the late 1960s, weighing the rights and liberties of the individual citizen against the welfare and safety of the nation as a whole, has always been a precarious discussion. Now, 48 years later, nationwide shootings are occurring on a daily basis. Masses of Americans are demanding the Obama administration to tighten gun laws and are willing to give up their rights for more safety. While in some aspects it is understandable why many want stricter gun control, some Americans do not understand is that taking away our Second Amendment rights will not dramatically lower crime rates.
Many Americans believe that strictly controlling gun ownership would ultimately stop school massacres and control crime. In reality, crime is going to happen with or without guns and restrictive laws. The second amendment has been in place for over 200 years; why is it now that in the last 48 years Americans want more safety and less freedom? It’s an emotional knee jerk reaction. Emotions run high when it comes to crimes involving guns and people, particularly school shootings and the young. Some Americans don’t look at the big picture when it comes to heinous crimes involving guns. To have a rational conversation about the gun rights vs. gun control…

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