Gun Control Laws; an Illegal Drug for the Cure of
Gun Control Laws; an Illegal Drug for the Cure of

Gun Control Laws; an Illegal Drug for the Cure of

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In America questions of gun control have been evident. Beliefs vary from no infringement on a person’s right to own and bear arms shall be brought about, to other’s ideas that guns should be eliminated from the population to reduce crime and violence. Recently, with many of the highly publicized atrocities evident in our culture these points have been the two major sides supporting the gun control debate. The simple fact is that the invention of the gun provided a tool of progress, and has been influential in our success as human beings. In the United States this fact was understood and adopted by making right to ownership a law.

Though crime and violence does exist, gun controls in America are not a solution to the problem. Gun control laws are wrong and will have a negative impact on society and the successes observed over recent years. Since the inception of gun powder a method, or a tool for, firing a projectile through a barrel with great force soon followed. Early in its evolution this tool was utilized by people to acquire tangibles by force. This was counteracted by people using the same tool to defend their property. Throughout history this pattern has not changed significantly. Whether these actions are right or wrong does not matter, the gun is only a tool applied for these purposes. Just like a hammer is used to build, it is equally beneficial for demolition. Our country, well known as the world leader, was won under these pretences. Though both sides needed, and used guns, our past countrymen applied them in a more succ

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essful manner to acquire our freedom. The use of the gun was a key for early pioneers in America. Not only did the gun provide for protection from wild animals, but it granted easy access to food through hunting. For people on the move this tool was a necessity for survival, both for protection and promotion of life.

The ability to hunt and protect has evolved into a sport. Just like a bat and ball can showcase abilities of precision and athletics, the use of a gun for sport exemplifies marksmanship and abilities to hunt and survive. Many people in the United States understand this and have embraced it. “The National Shooting Sports Foundation was established in 1961 to represent the shooting sports industry. The Foundation recognizes that the shooting sports industry has been supported by 18 to 20 million Americans who engage in hunting” (Utter 222). Throughout history the gun has proved to be an influential tool. Whether for good or bad it has uses to promote progress. Guns, and their use, in the United States are too widespread and cannot be removed or excessively controlled. Any advance towards this will result in rebellious activities similar to those exhibited during prohibition. Our founding fathers had the forethought to understand the importance of the gun. They realized its necessity for protection from tyranny. This thought was realized through the constitution and ratified by the Second Amendment of to Bill of Rights. “This amendment states in typically laconic fashion, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary

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to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”” (Utter 268).

This amendment has been analyzed and interpreted many times to suit many arguments. In most cases the word “Militia” is the basis for difference in interpretations. Whatever definition has been accepted for “Militia” is circumstantial. The Bill of Rights were not written to guarantee rights for only certain situations, so it can be assumed the term “Militia” was used to cover every basis that the word defines. For use in these writings it would be best to take a literal look at its definition as given by Blacks Law Dictionary: “Militia: The body of citizens in a state, enrolled for a discipline as a military force, but not engaged in actual service except in emergencies, as distinguished from regular troops or a standing army” (“Militia.”). This definition can clearly encompass any citizen willing to organize oneself, or as a force, with motivation aside to serve alongside, or in opposition to, a regular standing army. In a simple sense any person can be, or be part of a militia. It does not matter what definition, or interpretation, one decides to believe. The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to provide security and protections from opposition that may conflict with what our founding fathers believed were inalienable rights. It can be questioned, why put the freedom of gun ownership second after the freedom of religion?

Freedom of religion was a major reason for our revolution. The fact that our past countrymen won the revolution, and utilized the gun as a tool, was a testament to its importance. The use of the gun did not go unnoticed, and it can be seen in its inclusion as the Second Bill to the ratification of the constitution. The gun is a tool that provides equality for all people. This ideal needs to be understood by the ignorant, as it accepted by opponents of gun control laws. A prominent spokesperson in opposition to gun control laws stated this ideal well. Charlton Heston, a one time actor and now the president of The National Rifle Association voiced his opinion of the Second Amendment to put it best. “Heston refers to the Second Amendment as “America’s first freedom” because, he claims, it protects all other freedoms contained in the bill of Rights: It is the first among equals” (qtd. in Utter 137). This idea can be simplified and observed to see how guns are used to promote progress through equality. Unfortunately the gun can be used as a tool to facet crime and violence. Levels of crime vary from country to country throughout the world, and even from city to city in Ohio. It can be assumed that most people would like to see these levels at zero, but the simple fact is that crime and violence does exist, and always will exist, with or without the use of guns. In the United States crime and violence is a major focus of attention. Understandably, it is well conceived to be a major problem.

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