Gun Control

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Gun Control

Americans are faced with an ever-growing problem of violence. Our streets have become a
battleground where the elderly are beaten for their social security checks, where
terrified women are viciously attacked and raped, where teen age gangsters shoot it out
for a patch of turf to sell their drugs, and where innocent children are caught daily in
the crossfire of drive by shootings. We cannot ignore the damage that these criminals are
doing to our society, and we must take actions to stop these horrors. However, the effort
by some misguided individuals to eliminate the legal ownership of firearms does not
address the real problem at hand, and simply disarms the innocent law abiding citizens who
are in need of a form of self-defense.

The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States makes firearm ownership
legal in this country. There were good reasons for this freedom. Firearms have played a
big role in the freedom that exists in the United States today. In colonial times, the
average American freed themselves from the British. These average American fighters were
known as Minutemen. These Minutemen, named because they would pick up their guns and go to
the defense of their country on a minutes notice, played a major part in winning the
American Revolution. It was for that reason that the founding fathers of this country made
the right to keep and bear arms a constitutional right.

It wasn't until after the Civil War that the first gun control activists came into play.
These were the southern leaders that were afraid that the newly freed black slaves would
use their new political rights against them. To avoid this they passed new laws making it
illegal for black people to own firearms in many states in the South. It was over a
century until the civil rights activists of the 1960's were able to give the
constitutional freedoms that the black people of this country were supposed to be given in
the mid 1800's.

Today's gun control activists are different than those of the past. They say that gun
violence in this country has gotten to a point where something must be done to stop it.
They would like to see criminals disarmed, and they want the violence to stop. However,
they are going about it in the wrong way. While claiming that they want to take guns out
of the hands of criminals, they work to pass laws that would take the guns out of the
hands of law-abiding citizens instead. For this reason the, efforts for gun control do not
address the real problems of crime.

The simple definition of a criminal is someone who does not obey the law. The simple
definition of a law-abiding citizen is someone who does obey the law. Therefore, if we
pass laws restricting ownership of firearms, which group of people does it affect? The
simple answer is that gun control laws affect law-abiding citizens only. By their very
nature, criminals will continue to violate these new laws, they will continue to carry
their firearms, and they will find their efforts at crime easier when they know that their
victims will be unarmed. Innocent people are turned into victims when new laws make it
impossible for them to fight back. An unarmed person stands little chance against an armed
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