The Issue Of Gun Control Essay

1223 Words Oct 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout my life I have heard numerous arguments on the position of gun control and how best to curb violence by increasing regulation. Americans have had an individual common-law right to own guns since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock. The Second Amendment recognizes that Americans have an individual constitutional right to own and use guns. All have the right to keep and bear arms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the right to live in a safe society. However, strict gun control alone cannot solve our gun problems. Statistics prove that most crimes are not committed with legally bought guns but rather guns acquired through “black-market” sources. As I have learned it is not the gun that causes the problem but human behavior within communities troubled by gun violence.

Craig R. Whitney provides a well organized account of both sides of the gun control debate in Living with Guns, A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment. He does this by providing an exhausting array of statistics from some of the most crime ridden cities in the country. He believes the way to solve this argument is to accept what the Second Amendment recognizes, that Americans have a constitutional right to own and use guns, but instead of continually debating the issue to find common ground which can be agreed upon. No matter what anti-gun advocates would like to think he feels that a huge percentage of Americans will always have an attraction for guns and chose to own them. He…

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