Guns: Gun and Sirs Issues Researcher

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Provido 1
George Provido
12/7/14
English 101
Word Count: 1,055

A loaded debate
The topic of whether guns should be banned has been widely debated from classrooms to state supreme courts. There have been many gun incidents where the perpetrator used a gun to terrorize innocent people. Due to that, a lot of people blame the use of guns. They propose that in order to stop our gun death rate, we should ban guns. It is improbable to do such an action because it would not solve our problems, but create more! Criminals would still get guns or they would try to find other ways of using weapons to harass innocent people. If the government bans guns, it would be labeled as unconstitutional because of the second amendment that states that we citizens have the right to bear arms. Guns also serve as a defense weapon for people to use against from harm. Guns are not the source of the problem.

Provido 2
Banning guns won’t solve any of our crime rates, but make it worse. Why should the government ban guns when it’s not the source of the problem? In a recent data, in the last 20 years, crime rate in the U.S. decreased as the number of gun owners increase (Dolan). Criminals can use other means of weapons to terrorize people such as knives, tazers, and even a bat. Molly Ivins, an anti-gun journalist, said that people should defend themselves without the use of guns. She said people should use knives to take your enemy down so that it would also make our obesity level drop (Ivins); but, is it worth the run? This would promote more crime for criminals not safety. If an anti-gun bill is passed, the population would be affected the most because of gangs getting their illegal guns or an overpowering government that is stepping out of their boundaries.

In the Second Amendment, it states that citizens have the right to keep arms. The government cannot take those guns away because it would be considered unconstitutional. Our forefathers created that to keep citizens safe from an overpowering government. Taking those guns away can enslave those who don’t have guns. Even Thomas Jefferson said “I’d rather live in a gun society with freedom than a no gun society but no freedom” (Waldman 2). It is easy to control a population without guns because they cannot defend themselves from those who have guns. There is also an argument against the amendment about what the militia means. Some people argue that the amendment was made because the U.S. at the time didn’t have a

Provido 3
National army. We only had farm boys and townsmen to defend our homeland. I propose that the word militia in the amendment means that every man, woman, and child willing to defend their homeland. One of the reasons why Switzerland wasn’t invaded by anyone is because they gave guns to every able-bodied man in the country. It frightened potential enemies because they know the Swiss would defend their country at all costs. With the entire population armed to the teeth, other countries would have trouble conquering it. Even though we do have a standing army, we should still keep the amendment as a civic duty to citizens so that they too should protect their country.

In a recent study, almost 119,000 cases reported where someone used a gun to protect themselves from home invaders (Geer 5). It shows that people use guns to defend themselves also. Taking that away will make innocent gun owners open to any harm. Making a hazy generalization that all gun owners are crazy and would shoot everyone is absurd. Just because a person shoots an innocent bystander doesn’t mean we should ban all guns from the population. In Switzerland, they have one of the highest gun owners in Europe. They have also one of the most responsible gun owners because they have strict background checks. Because of this, they have one of the lowest gun misuses of all gun owning countries. Also, their gun culture is more defined and they consider it as a tradition. They have a culture of...
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