gun control





Since the days of the pioneers of the United States, firearms have been part of the American tradition as protection and a means of hunting or sport. As we near the end of the 20th century the use of guns has changed significantly. Because of fast and steady increase in crime and the fight for the right to own a handgun, the introduction of legislation for gun control, to try to reduce the crime in the United States, has been a hotly debated issue in recent years.
Many people feel that gun control violates the right of the people, given in the second amendment "the right to bear arms." Controlling distribution, sales, and the registration of guns and gun owners conflicts with this constitutional right, but is strongly suggested by many activists because of the homicide rate involving guns and the violence by criminals using guns.
Opponents of gun control, including the National Rifle Association, better known as the NRA, argue the Second Amendment of the Constitution should prevent licensing restrictions penalizing law-abiding citizens while in no way preventing criminal use of handguns. It is also argued that by making it difficult for guns to be bought and registered for the American public there is a threat to the personal safety of American families everywhere.
However, opposing activists say that controlling the sale and distribution of firearms is necessary because of the homicide rate involving guns. In 1988 there were 9000 handgun-related murders in America. Metropolitan centers and some suburban communities of America are setting new records for homicides by handguns. Larger Metropolitan centers have ten times the murder rate of all Western Europe. For example in Washington D.C. there was an estimated 400 homicides including guns last year.
Gun control is wrapped in a series of social issues such as crime and drugs. Guns have become closely linked to drugs and murder in the public mind. Guns are also used extremely heavily for game hunting. People usually react negatively to the thought of guns, but that is mostly because all they see is the bad part. They are not out in the bushes waiting for their dinner to fly over head. But maybe they have a reason to worry. Many police officers are killed every year due to drug and gang related incidents involving guns. For example: recently in Pasco, WA, a state trooper by the name of John Saunders was making a routine traffic stop and was shot in the head and killed.
There are valid reasons for why certain people feel that gun control is unfair. People against gun control feel that it is a violation of the Constitution to control the sale and distribution and the registration of guns and gun owners. Others believe it is necessary for there to be certain limits on the way that firearms are handled in this country because of the homicide rate involving guns and because of the violence created by criminals using guns.




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