Gun Control: The Opposing Viewpoints Essay

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Gun control is an issue that is constantly being debated. There are people who are pro gun control and those who believe gun control is unconstitutional to the citizens. Many political leaders and organizations have strong opinions on gun control, which keeps the gun control debate publicized. Gun control is limiting or taking the right of citizens to carry or purchase a gun. Guns are used for protecting the citizens by police officers and the military, as well as for many personal reasons like hunting and self-defense. There are times that guns are used for the wrong reasons like murder, or put in the wrong hands which lead to accidental deaths. Choosing a stand on gun control can be hard, but hearing both sides can help a person make a …show more content…
Palin had also advertised her love for hunting as a part of politics in her new reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. It is awkward enough that a great politician would have a reality show, but to advertise politics is even stranger. At the Safari Club International annual convention Palin stated, “I must say I did throw a little politics in my reality show” (Romano 2).
On the other hand, The Brady Center uses the 2nd amendment as their defense for gun control. Paul Helmke, former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the president of The Brady Center, and he strongly believes that gun control should occur unlike Sarah Palin’s view. Helmke and many other gun control advocates believe that the 2nd amendment does not give the citizens the right to carry guns. Helmke believes the 2nd amendment was written in a sense to give the military and federal government the right to carry guns and not the citizens. Helmke wrote in his article, The Second Amendment: The real issue, “…according to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second Amendment has a militia purpose. Not a hunting purpose. Not a self-defense purpose. Not a target-shooting purpose. Not a "private purpose." Just a militia purpose”. This being said, the 2nd amendment has more meaning to it than what is written. There is a difference when a police officer or a soldier is holding a gun in the

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