Gun Laws Create A Platform For Debate Essay

1517 Words Dec 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Freedom and Firearms Gun laws create a platform for debate. Some people believe that we should take away all guns, and other people believe that everyone should have the ability to obtain a gun without a waiting period. Gun laws do not affect the criminals that they were intended to affect. In the United States, the Constitution 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” (James Madison). This gives every American Citizen the right to keep a gun or bear arms. As recent as January of 2016, the President of the United States has proposed new strategies to make it harder to possess a gun without stringent background checks and red tape (National Conference of State Legislature). The argument that stricter gun laws will adversely affect criminal behavior is flawed as the research shows over and over again. First off, in the United States of America, some states like Hawaii require citizens to register all guns. However, other states like Tennessee, only require a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Tennessee does not require the registration of long guns or handguns (NRA-ILA). Criminals try to avoid detection by not requesting a permit to carry. They also avoid gun shows and other events that require them to submit to a background check. Laws are meant to affect everyone. However, only law abiding citizens follow these laws. According to Merriam Webster, gun control…

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