Is Gun Control Ethical? Essay

1556 Words Oct 14th, 2015 7 Pages
Is gun control ethical?
“Today, 280 million firearms are in private hands of U.S citizens, 1/3 of American households reported having a gun at home” (Smith). They are allowed to do so because of the Second Amendment, which says “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” (US). The government has been trying to limit this right due to acts of violence involving firearms, but many states have passed laws to protect their citizens from gun control. Despite the recent and long standing argument of government officials, law abiding American citizens should be allowed to own and carry firearms without infringement of the government or any laws stating otherwise.
Guns are portrayed to be deadly weapons instead of protection. Although, “For 3 decades, gun control laws were passed in response to crimes. It started with the 1968 federal gun control law that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy” (Smith). What most Americans and officials do not think about is that the people who were hired to protect those men were specially trained in the use of fire arms and were carrying them at the time of the incident. Policemen, security officers, and military personnel are all trained in gun safety and are called to the scene anytime there is a threat. However, “The mass shooting of Aurora CO on July 20th, 2012 forced the consideration of how to handle…

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