Essay on Gun Control is Needed Now

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The year was 1787, and Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington were signing their names to a document that stated, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free-state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." What were they thinking? Did they have any clue as to what types of dangerous weapons we would have available today? Their guns could fire a maximum of five rounds per minute and that was a talent even for a professional loader. We now have kids on the streets, in our schools, and in our homes with guns that can fire 180 rounds per minute. But, let's retrace our steps and Consider the times in which our framers lived. They were under …show more content…
and there is no control. Thousands are brutalized, injured, or slain because weapons are so easy obtain. Fire arms of all types account for 62% of the nation's annual murders. Armed robberies totaling 150,000 involve handguns, and 12,000 people use guns to commit suicide each year.

I am not suggesting that we consider the abolition of guns. I am suggesting that gun control is needed to protect society from those who want to corrupt it! We need to keep high-powered, dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals, children, gang-bangers, maniacs, and those with a history of violence!

I realize that my opposition is tight on the fact that gun control might take guns out of the hands of those who should have them. I give them this thought to ponder: The handgun in your home is more likely to kill you or a member of your family than to save your life. There is a quote that anti-gun control activists tend to use in their argument. "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." Well, I believe this is only half true. People do kill people. Guns kill people best. In 1963, President
John F. Kennedy was killed by a sniper's bullet. In 1968, Martin Luther King was killed by a gunman, and also in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy fell to an assassin's bullet in Los Angeles. Each year 1,200 people are killed in accidents involving handguns and someone is injured every

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