PHI 105 Persuasive Essay on Gun Control First Draft Martel

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Jason D. Martel
PHI 105 – 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 22 March 2015
Kristen DiCarlo
Gun Control Contradicts Logic
Gun control has been a controversial and highly contentious subject for quite some time. People against gun control feel like owning a gun is protected by their constitutional rights. They feel very strongly about their right to own a fire arm and believe strongly that gun control laws only restrict the rights of law abiding citizens. People who support gun control laws feel that guns are the primary cause of violent crime in America, and that stricter gun laws will help keep guns off the streets and prevent crime. Even though gun control laws are getting more restrictive, they have not proven to decrease gun-related crimes, guns are not to blame for violent crimes, and the average citizen has a Second Amendment right to defend themselves against violent crimes. The Second Amendment states, “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” (Blocher, 2014). Within the confines of this amendment are the basic rights of an individual or a group to protect themselves against violence and aggression, all of which has been widely recognized by Congress. The Second Amendment was designed to help protect our rights to own a gun and keep it in our home for protection. The government should not be given the chance to decide who will and who will not be allowed to bear arms solely on the basis of vague statistics and fallacious standards about crime prevention, especially when criminals do not adhere to gun control laws to begin with. The Brady Bill banning semi-automatic weapons requires a 5-day waiting period aimed at preventing felons from buying guns. However, the truth is that most felons are not deterred by waiting periods because they are purchasing their guns illegally. Since 1968 it has been illegal for a...
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