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“…The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be



Article [II.] Amendments to the Constitution


Gun control


America is faced with a growing problem of violence. Streets have become

a battlefield where the people can be beaten for a couple dollars, where

women can be brutally attacked and raped. Every day criminals try to

divide territories to sell their illegal drugs, and innocent people are

caught in the crossfire of drive-by shootings. We cannot ignore the

damage that these criminals are doing to our society, and strong actions

must be taken to stop this from happening. However, the efforts by the

gun control supporters to eliminate the legal ownership of firearms do

not address the real problem, and simply disarm the innocent law-abiding

citizens who might need firearms for self-defense. There are three main

reasons why gun control law should take firearms from hands of

criminals, not law-abiding citizens, first historically legal ownership

of firearms in America, second if Congress passes laws restricting

ownership of firearms, as a result it will affect law-abiding people

only, third statistic shows that the people who go through legal process

of obtaining permits do not want to break the law.


First of all to understand the reasons of the gun control efforts, we

must take a look at the history of America, and the role firearms have

played in it. The second amendment of the Constitution of the United

States makes firearm ownership legal in this country; it says, “… The

right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”(1).

Firearms in the new world were used initially for hunting, and for

self-defense. However, when the colonists felt that the burden of

British oppression was too much for them, they picked up their personal

firearms and went to war. The founding fathers of the country understood

that an armed populace aided in fighting off oppression. They made the

right to keep and bear arms a constitutionally guaranteed right. Thomas

Jefferson wrote, “No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms“(2).


Second, today Congress, claiming that they want to take guns out of the

hands of criminals, has worked to pass legislation that would take the

guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens instead. The point is the

efforts of gun control do not address the real problem of crime.

Therefore, if congress passes laws restricting ownership of firearms, as

a result this will affect law-abiding people only. Criminals will

continue to violate these laws, they will continue to carry their

firearms, and they will that commit a crime much easier when they know

that their victims will be unarmed. Unarmed victims will have small

chance against an armed one. In many states, including Florida and

Texas, citizens have stated that they want to keep their right to carry

firearms for self- defense. Since the late 1980's, Florida has been

issuing concealed weapons permits to law-abiding citizens, and these

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