The Right To Bear Arms Paper

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The Right To Bear Arms

The Freedom to Bear Arms
Gun control is a very controversial issue among society at present. Many feel guns are the
cause of a great amount of crime. This has been an especially popular topic recently in
lieu of the shooting at Columbine and other high schools across the country. Are these
crimes reason to take away our freedom to bear arms? I do not believe so. The average
person uses guns mainly as a means of protection. If limitations are placed on guns, they
will only stop the average American from obtaining a gun. The real criminals out there
will still be able to obtain guns through the black market. Every American should have the
right to protect them self.

The second amendment to the constitution of the United States says, "A well regulated
Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep
and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."1 This amendment enforced a practice that had been
occurring in America for years. When the constitution was forming, there was not a large
standing army. Many inhabitants were minutemen, who needed a gun to help protect society;
this is why the militia was mentioned in the amendment. The militia clause is merely a
rationale for preserving the right.1 Even if today's well-regulated militia were the
National Guard, the Second Amendment still protects an individual right to keep and bear
arms.

Many people feel this amendment should be changed, or more restrictions should be placed
on people who want to purchase guns. Some believe that guns hurt more than they help, even
though statistics prove otherwise. I feel that guns are not as big of a threat to society
as people are lead to believe, mainly by the media. Fatal gun accidents declined by almost
sixty percent from 1975 to 1995, even though the number of guns per capita increased by
almost forty percent.2 The cart below shows that a number of crimes have started
decreasing, even though sales in guns has increased. Recently, the media has shown many
incidents of shootings in schools. This is nothing new, as the media makes it out to be.
Schools have had trouble with crime for many years. Years ago metal detectors were
installed in schools across the nation to stop violence in schools. These detectors were
placed because there was a problem in the past. Crime related to guns has, in fact, gone
down. The reality does not correspond to the perception created by the media. In 1992, 55
killings occurred in America's schools. In 1997 it was down to 25.3.2


Source: Data points from Gary Kleck, Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control, Walter de
Gruyter, Inc., New York 1997, and FBI Uniform Crime Reports. (Handgun homicide rate became
available in 1966.)

Guns are a deadly weapon, and should be used with caution. This is why there are gun
control laws. The methods of gun control at present consist of the government restricting
the ability of individual citizens to purchase weapons. The different types of gun control
vary from waiting periods between when you purchase the gun and when you actually get it,
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