Essay on Hand Guns: Legalize or Ban?

652 Words Oct 16th, 2011 3 Pages
Megan Oster
ENC1102 – Crombie
Rogerian Argument
April 20, 2011
Hand Guns: Legalize or Ban?
There have always been questions as to if hand guns should be legal, or illegal, to all citizens. Is it right for anyone to carry a gun and shoot it when they want to? Many people believe that anyone has the right to walk in to a store and buy a gun, while others think there should be more involved, such as background checks and identification papers. There have always been arguments between pro and anti-gun citizens, and even with the new rules out there are still arguments. There are people who say hand guns in a home can only cause accidents. This is valid because there have been several incidents where a child has thought that a gun is a toy
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If guns were outlawed and criminals were still finding a way to access a gun, a person would be helpless against them. People who support guns are aware of the accidental deaths caused by the misuse of guns, however, there are also a lot of people killed each day by careless drivers. They are aware that unintentional deaths can be caused by a variety of different things and not just because of guns.
The question of whether or not guns should be legal was, and still is, a huge ordeal in today’s society. There may be a way to find compromise, but there are also no ways of having both sides agree. Some believe the laws relating to having a handgun should be changed to be stricter on who they give permits to in order to carry a gun. Getting a permit could require a full background check and several forms of identification. A waiting period of one to three weeks can be required also. In some states, any person can walk into a gun shop and give a fake name and leave with a gun. Another way to compromise would be to completely limit guns to gun or shooting ranges and hunting land. This way, those who want to use guns can be at a safer shooting environment so no accidents occur. It is possible to decrease the number of accidental deaths caused by guns without banning them completely.

Works Cited
Edelstein, Jeff. "Ban Guns! Legalize Guns! A One-man Debate." 10 Apr. 2011. Web. 20

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