Persuasive Research Paper
August 11, 2013
Persuasive Research Paper
In America, guns have been a part of the country’s society since its birth. Throughout history, citizens of the US have used firearms to protect the nation, protect their families, and to hunt for food. In the United States, gun control is an issue that has both sides firmly imbedded in their beliefs. The parties in favor of gun ownership and the right to keep and bear arms rely on the fact that provisions for such rights are protected by the Constitution. No legitimate study in the US has ever shown that gun control has any positive impact on crime. Society benefits from firearms in the hands ...view middle of the document...
So banning guns would not mean that people would not have them. Americans want to know, how far is too far when concerning passing laws restricting the second amendment? After all isn’t this “The Land of the Free”?
The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is one of the most controversial Amendments. The right to bear arms specifically grants that, "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms” (Historic Documents, n.d). The way an individual interprets the wording of the Amendment influences their point of view on who has the right to "keep and bear arms". The controversy brought on by the Second Amendment is because the Amendment does not clearly define whom "the people" are. This ambiguity has left room for action by legislative and the courts to pass laws and make interpretations that influence the way this Amendment is applied and enforced. The Second Amendment 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." (Historic Documents, n.d). A central argument put forth by gun-control advocates is, since there is no longer a "militia", that individuals should lose their rights to own a gun. They often assert that the term "militia" should now be defined as each state's National Guard or Reserves.
On the other hand, anti-gun control advocates argue that the Second Amendment clearly states that the people have the right to own and bear arms even if they are not part of an organized militia. Anti-gun control activists interpret the Second Amendment as saying that any individual, weather he be in the military or not, should be allowed to own firearms. Anti-gun control activists believe that the constitutional right granted by the Second Amendment should never be taken away because it would completely violate the purpose the bill of rights. Thomas Jefferson said, "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject.” — John Adams.
Gun control is not one issue, but many. To some people gun control is a crime issue, to others it is a rights issue. Gun control is also a safety issue, an educational, a racial issue, and a political issue. Within each of these issues there are those who want more gun control legislation and those who want less. On both sides of this issue opinions range from moderate to extreme. Guns are not for everyone. Certain individuals cannot handle a firearm safely, and some individuals choose to use firearms inappropriately. Should the citizen who do nothing wrong be punished for those who do? Since some people drink and drive and kill people, should we take away everyone’s right to drive a vehicle? Our society has passed laws regulating the ownership and use of firearms, and more legislation is being considered. Most of these legislations...