Gun Control Debate: The Second Amendment
One of the current issues in the United States of America that lasts for many years is gun control. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is protecting rights of people who want to bear arms (Barnett, 1). Many people consider that bearing weapons should be banned in order to protect peaceful citizens and decrease the crime rate in the country. The current President Barack Obama stated his opinion about this issue that could be controversial in its wording. “There’s no question that I support the Second Amendment rights, but I also support an assault weapon ban” (Kalman, 1). Anyway, gun control should restrict the use of arms in order to make American society more secure.
The issue about gun control became more serious after several shooting events that happened in the U.S. More people started to claim restricting the rights over bearing arms in order to escape tragedies in the future. “The horrific shooting at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 28 dead, including 20 children, has reignited a polarizing debate over gun control” (Free, 1). For the most part, many crimes are committed with the help of guns. People who have guns in order to protect themselves can create danger using it without critical necessity. Moreover, the rate of suicides is higher with gun availability. Less harmful crimes could be turned in more violent with the use of weapons (Doeden, 31-36).
On the other hand, some people state about uselessness of gun possession restriction. Criminals will find a solution to get guns. Sometimes, crimes are prevented with the use of weapons. People will not have the opportunity to protect themselves because police cannot be everywhere to protect each individual. Banning guns is a step back from American liberty and another source to establish a black market for guns.
The issue of gun control require some measures from the government. It should be restricted despite the arguments that support the bearing of guns. Otherwise, the country could face more shouting accidents in the future.
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Doeden, M. (2011). Gun control: Preventing violence or crushing constitutional rights? Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books.
Free, B. (2012). Gun control debate: Time to get serious? Retrieved February 17, 2013 from http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/12/gun-control-time-to-get-serious/
Gold, S. (2004). Gun control. Tarrytown: Benchmark Books.