Gun Control misc5 Essay

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Gun Control misc5



Gun Control: What Is It?


One of the most hotly debated topics today is gun control. But what exactly is gun
control? Is it making it so hard to own that it takes away from the game or leaves
someone in fear of not being able to protect themselves? Could it be that it is there to
protect the innocent from being gunned down by a lunatic? All these are good questions
and that is why the topic is hard to define, both sides have their own feelings on the
issue and it is hard to find a happy medium between the two, but one must try. Gun
control doesn’t have to be taking guns away or making them harder to get as much as
controlling them and enforcing the laws that are already in effect.


There are many different viewpoints on the issue of gun control. My personal viewpoint is
that all citizens have the right to bear arms. If all of the laws were enforced that have
passed legislation we would not need new laws making it harder for those that use firearms
for sport and protection. The NRA(National Rifle Association) feels the same way. They
feel that legislation would infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.
They also believe that gun control is not making it harder to get guns by certain
measures but by enforcing laws that are already in effect. They also say that only those
laws would affect citizens that use their firearms legally because the people that commit
crimes would get guns another way. People that are pro-gun control believe that gun
control is to put stricter laws into effect making it harder to get a hold of guns. They
believe that the age for purchasing a gun should be changed from eighteen to twenty one.


Whatever the definition given by the various pro and anti gun controllers might be there
are certain laws that help define gun control. In many states there are laws that allow
citizens to carry concealed handguns. One of the largest states to enact this law is
Texas and many citizens indicated they would carry a concealed hand weapon because they
felt it was needed for self-defense (Goldman 121). There are also laws in many states
that put a hold on weapons sold to do a background check. In the case of gun shows the
waiting period would outlast the show itself. There are also laws being pressed to limit
buyers to a limit of one handgun per month.


So you have the opinions and you have the laws but the truest definition itself comes from
the Bill of Rights, more specifically the second amendment. The hot constitutional
question however is whether the Second Amendment protects states or individuals. The
second amendment clearly secures a “right of the people”. As defined in the constitution
itself, “ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the
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