Say No To Gun Control Essay

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The debate between those for and against gun control is becoming more and more prominent in the United States. Several gun control activists have problems with the possibility of owning weapons. The solution is simple. The United States should continue supporting the second amendment and allow Americans to protect themselves using firearms. Currently the United States’ President, Barack Obama, is creating a plan to increase restrictions on owning arms. The current draft includes background checks for every single purchase as well as limiting ammunition magazines to a maximum of ten rounds (Gettings, McNiff). He also plans to reinstate the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, more commonly known as the Assault Weapons Ban. …show more content…
Gun control activists want the government to require everyone to surrender their weapons. It is commonly overlooked that the citizens who turn in their guns are law abiding citizens who don’t normally engage in violence. The gun owners that will struggle with surrendering are the same criminals that have the lack of mental capacity to walk into an elementary school and harm innocent children. This is not just an idea that floats around but one that our nations leaders have had. A quote from former president Ronald Reagan includes “It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun-control laws... Guns don’t make criminals... We will never disarm any American who seeks to protect his or her family from fear and harm” (Gottfried). A president other than Reagan had the same views. Thomas Jefferson wrote “laws that forbid the carrying of arms... Disarm only those who do not wish to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants” (Lee). There is absolutely no room for controversy when it comes to protecting others. It’s morally and ethically wrong to not want to help others when possible. It has become common to see school shootings in the news or hear about how someone shot a family member or friend. However statistics suggest around 1,501 victims die in accidental shootings every year. This seems like an an extremely large number but when compared with

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