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Gun control isn't about guns its about control. Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. This is the premise that a nationally known organization, the NRA stands behind. They believe that our forefathers included the second amendment for a purpose. That purpose is just as important today as it was in the days of. The purpose is to allow the individual to defend his freedom. There are a number of reasons why this freedom needs to be protected. The number one and most important is to keep the individuality of the American people from becoming controlled by the Government. Governmental Issues Only sixty years ago Hitler took away the rights of Jews in Germany to bear arms. At that time it look like it was being done for the betterment of society. History has told us what followed. Taking away peoples abilities to defend themselves is the easiest way to subjugate, enslave or eradicate them. Many times an over zealous government takes actions that cannot be justified. A good example of this is the Ruby Ridge Incident, where a mans wife and son were killed over a minor firearm offense. Some States have enacted their own laws. Florida has aloud its citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Since this law was enacted the murder rate has dropped by 29%. Over the same period of time the nationwide murder rate increased by 11%. This clearly shows that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens can prevent crime. In contrast many of our countries major cities have banned all guns. In 1976 guns were banned in Washington DC. Since then the murder rate has risen 200%. According to a CBS poll, 64% of Americans rightfully understand and don't believe gun control laws reduce crime anyway. History has proven that every nation, which has disarmed its citizenry, has ended up with a dictator, a police state, and with countless horrible atrocities. It is true that we either learn from history or history will repeat itself. Personal Protection Not only is it our right to own guns for protection against a overbearing government, but also against those who intend to infringe on the peoples security. The criminals don't care about gun control laws for themselves. Actually, they are hoping for more laws will pass for gun control. It makes breaking the law safer and easier for them. A common belief is that people don't need guns because we have the police to protect us. In most cases the police ca not protect you. First of all if you were involved in a crime you would not have time to call the police. Secondly even if you could call the police they probably would not arrive in time. Lastly if the police arrive in time, they are not aloud to use their weapons unless they catch the criminal in the act. If the government were to ban guns today, the people who would turn in their guns would be the law abiding citizens. The criminals would still have their guns. There are many people who argue that guns in the home create accidents and children are killed. The truth is there are four times as many children that are killed in accidents with bikes than with guns. Swimming pool accidents claim ten times more toddlers. The anti-gun activists use any gun-related tragedy to promote the anti-gun agenda. The reason that guns seem so bad is that when anything bad happens you see it on TV. You will never see the news media report an incident where a gun helped save a person or repel a violent attack. Shooting Sports Guns have been involved in our countries heritage since before its conception. In some families hunting and gun collecting is a tradition that has been handed down for generations. While we do not need guns to put dinner on our table, the sport of hunting has been a bonding experience for many families. This is a healthy American tradition that should not be broken. The hunting and shooting sports industry is wide spread. There are millions of jobs and dollars that are connected with the shooting sports. While we may just think of the gun manufacturer as being affected there are however many industries that would be affected adversely if guns were eliminated. If we consider that the average hunter buys clothing ammunition, vehicles, and other necessary supplies. If he travels he buys airline tickets and gasoline. If he goes out of state he may use the services of a guide, whose livelihood depends on shooting sports. As you can see if guns were eliminated from our society we would be at a serious loss. Our freedoms would be in jeopardy, our individual safety would be questionable and a significant industry in our country would be at a deficit. The quote that "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" is even more pertinent today. It is time that each individual takes responsibilities for his actions and not blame an inanament object for a wrongdoing. Thank You.
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