Gun Rights Versus Gun Control Essay

1148 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Gun Rights Versus Gun Control In George Washington’s address to the second session of the first Congress, he said: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American People’s Liberty teeth and keystone under Independence.” A very controversial topic involving gun control and gun rights has been argued for many years. Many people strongly believe that citizens should not be allowed to possess guns. Perhaps their intentions are not completely misguided. Over the past few years, it seems that more crimes have been committed through the use of guns. However, for as many fatal shootings as you hear about from media, it appears that around the same amount have ended a little differently. Our Founding Fathers gave us the 2nd Amendment, because they believed that guns were necessary for our protection. Our government and the majority of people around us today see guns as a threat. Statistics show that while guns are dangerous , they are also beneficial. Therefore, should we condemn guns, or should we recognize the protection they can offer us?
An article published by the Congressional Digest in May of 1986 asks the important question: “Do criminals commit crimes or do guns commit crimes?” At this point in the 1900’s crimes committed with the use of guns was increasingly higher than it is today. This article served to highlight the ideals between both those advocating for gun rights and those against it. After it was acknowledged that guns…

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