Argumentative Essay-The Right To Own Guns

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The Right to Own Guns
A man is exercising his right to carry a firearm, some people feel safe knowing that if an intruder were to pose a threat, he would be stopped. Others feel that their own lives are in danger because of that man carrying a gun. This places a perspective on the ongoing debate over gun control. Some people believe that guns should be monitored, restricted, limited, or completely banned. Others believe that gun laws should stay the way they currently are, or that they should become less restricting. Current gun laws vary by state. The laws vary from types of firearms, weapon accessories, uses of guns, obtainment of legal firearms such as background checks and permits, and location in which one could carry a firearm. It is
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One of the most popular use for firearms is for hunting and sporting. Hunting is not explicitly using a firearm, however the majority of hunters have and use a firearm for their sporting. “The 2011 Survey revealed that over 90 million U.S. residents 16 years old and older participated in wildlife-related recreation. During that year… 13.7 million hunted” (U.S. Census Bureau). Of the gun owners in America, almost all of them have shot the firearm(s) that they own at least once. This can be considered recreational shooting. There is slightly more recreational shooters than hunters, “Estimates range from 20 million to more than 40 million annual participants” (National Shooting Sports Foundation). Of these shooters, 65 percent are shooting rifles, 64.7 are handguns, 48.1 are shotguns, and 18.5 percent are muzzleloaders. Notice that the most popular choice of weapon is a rifle. A rifle is defined as “A weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed metallic cartridge to fire only a single projectile through a rifled bore for each single pull of the trigger” (The Lectric Law Library). By definition, this includes the AR-15 rifle. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle platform, originally intended to shoot the .223 or .556 NATO cartridge, containing a bullet that is smaller in diameter than that of the average pistol bullet. It is similar to common fully automatic rifles found in the military. However some people do not understand that this “assault rifle” can only shoot one round per trigger pull, similar to most pistols. This rifle is one of the most common guns on the range and is one of the least popular guns used in homicides, according to the FBI’s database. This debunks the common thought that assault

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