17 October 2013
Gun laws and rights
Gun laws should not be forced on the law abiding citizen of America. The constitutional right to bear arms allows American citizen to protect themselves and defend themselves against crime and terrorism. When the Bill of Rights was written, the Founding Fathers of this country were sure to include a very critical amendment. The Right to Bear Arms, the 2nd amendment, not only legally allows Americans to possess firearms, but its original intention was to offer the people protection not only from each other but from the government as well. That intent is still important today, and makes protecting the rights in the 2nd Amendment from government interference vital centuries after it was written.
When it comes to the question of gun violence, and how it correlates with gun control laws on a state-by-state basis, the answer at first seems very simple: More gun laws correlate with less gun violence. However, as any statistician would say, correlation is not causality, and indeed, the correlation is far from exact. For instance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while much gun violence is concentrated in gun friendly states. A good chunk of it also takes place in areas that restrict gun ownership, like the District of Columbia (Holt). More gun laws do not necessarily mean there will be less violence. It doesn’t matter how many gun laws there are. If guns get into the hands of people that do not obey the laws, the laws really do not matter. Americans need the amendment rights to protect their families. Without the amendment rights and gun laws crime rates would rise drastically. Guns in the hands of law abiding citizens will help with the public’s safety as well as personal safety. But guns in the hands of people with a criminal record or with a mental illness will harm the public’s safety as well as personal safety. If it comes down to having strict gun laws a lot of people would...