Essay on Guns : Worst Enemy Or Best Friend?

1756 Words May 19th, 2015 8 Pages
Guns: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?
The ability to legally own and carry a firearm in the United States has always been an issue of great controversy. Even though the second amendment of the United States Constitution says that citizens have the right to bear arms, since it’s inception, there has been argument about whether there should be restrictions to this right. Gun control is the regulation of the purchase and ownership of firearms in an effort to reduce their criminal or unsafe use (“Gun Control”). Typically, gun control legislation requires the registration of firearms upon the purchase, and bans the possession of firearms by minors, felons, the mentally ill, and the people convicted of domestic violence; and mandate criminal background checks or waiting periods for gun purchases. Although these restrictions are attempting to limit the chances of a criminal obtaining a gun, are they just limiting the chances of our natio’s law abiding citizens to own a firearm for personal protection?
Roughly 30,000 people are killed in the United States each year by guns, whether by accident, suicide, or homicide; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“Gun Control”). In a 2004 survey by the Harvard School of Public Health found that 38% of U.S. households and 26% of individuals owned at least one gun, with about half of the individuals having four or more guns (“Gun Control”). This proves that just about everyone can have access to a firearm if they really…

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