Gun Rights And Gun Control

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Introduction Gun control has been a topic of debate in our country since before the creation of the Declaration of Independence. So much so, the individual liberty of the right to bear arms was implemented into the Bill of Rights as the second amendment. The implementation of this individual liberty wasn’t to suggest that any citizen of the United States can own or obtain a gun and therefore later federal and state laws were implemented to regulate ownership. Even so, there are an overwhelmingly large amount of guns that are possessed in this country illegally and under the radar of the federal and state governments. Today in our country alone there are 88 guns for every 100 people living in the United States (“Gun Control Overview” 4).
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Tragedies like these re-spark the debate between gun control and gun rights in our society. On one end of the spectrum people like me argue that guns don’t kill people, people kill people and imposing stricter gun regulations is not going to change the possession and use of guns legally or illegally. Others believe that stricter controls of guns would make our society safer, harder to obtain by people who will use them illegally and will prevent future tragedies we have seen in our country’s recent past.
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Guns don’t kill people, people kill people and in many instances stricter gun control laws wouldn’t have prevented these suspects from carrying out their means of terror or stopped the illegal possession of firearms. A made up mind would have found other means to carry out these tragedies. For example, a study done by the U.S. Department of Justice states that in 2014 about 5.9 million reported violent crimes were committed and only
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In a 2013 Gallup poll, 60 percent of gun owners stated they own firearms for self-defense but out of the 29,618,300 violent crimes that were committed between 2007 and 2011, only 0.79% of victims (235,700) protected themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm (Swift). A lot of people who own guns don’t know how to use them and therefore cannot use them when they need them. Also, a lot of crimes are committed during times legal gun owners are asleep or not in possession of their gun to use to protect themselves from harm. In 2010, there were only 230 "justifiable homicides" where gun owners used a gun in self-defense, compared to “8,275 criminal gun homicides (or, 36 criminal homicides for every "justifiable homicide")” (Agresti & Smith 4). These disproportionate representations go to show that guns are not being used for what they were intended for and stricter gun control regulations should be implemented to keep criminals from obtaining them and using them for harm. Almost all guns used in criminal behavior are ones that were stolen from a legal gun owner. In fact between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million guns were stolen from legal gun owners’ homes (Perkins 3). By implementing stricter gun control laws on possessing stolen guns, the amount of guns on the streets will

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