History has presented the world with a multitude of controversies. It is up to the world then, to decide how these conflicts are resolved. America itself has worked through crises such as illegal immigration, abortion, separation of church and state, and many more. Recent suggestions have added yet another contentious subject to the long list of controversies of the twenty-first century. The new hot topic of America is gun control, and whether or not it should be enforced. This, like many others, is a two-sided argument in which many American citizens are truly passionate. This, like many others, is a topic that by no means should be taken lightly. The notion of (extreme/total) gun control must be put to an end.
Many United States citizens are ignorant of the meaning of gun control. Prior to the debate, gun control was the regulation of the use of firearms by civilians. These laws affected the means of buying, selling, manufacturing, or ownership of guns. Current gun control advocates background checks and other means of regulation. The idea of gun control was first thought up in 1934 by President Roosevelt. A bill was passed simply to curtail minimal street crimes. Since then, ideas are beginning to spiral out of control. Extreme gun-control advocates are beginning to put forth a theory that guns should be removed altogether from the citizens of America. While basic gun control can be deemed acceptable, this view certainly cannot. America’s ongoing laws of gun control are acceptable as they stand.
How can countries like America retain freedom when those freedoms are being stripped away? Initially, extreme gun control will not take all the rights of citizens away. Eventually, however, if left unchecked, the passing of gun control would result in more and more rights of American people to be taken away. The snowball of gun control and its laws could potentially become an avalanche headed straight at liberty. Each year, hundreds of thousands of refugees escape their tyrannical governments in order to reach America, the so-called “city on a hill”. Without freedom, America will become just like the countries it is trying not to be like. If more and more rights such as gun ownership get taken away, then these refugees would simply be going from one absolutist government to the next.
As stated in the second amendment of the constitution, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ It is stated very clearly, in the foundational laws of America, that citizens have the right to bear arms. Freedom and democracy are what built this country and shaped the founding fathers. Freedom and democracy are what allowed America to become the reigning power of the world. Will America then, brush off a primary foundation of the country itself? Will the very right of citizens to possess arms be stripped away? No, if the notion of extreme gun control is removed, then the country and people of America will continue to have freedom and prosperity.
Upstanding citizens must be able to protect themselves from harm with guns. A prime example of protection by use of guns comes from Ms. Jessie from Philadelphia. According to the Institute of Legislative Protection, her shop was vandalized by three armed men in the year 2016. Fortunately, she had a gun and was able to fight off these criminals, killing one and scaring off the others. Her store, and perhaps even her life, was put in extreme danger. A gun, however, is what saved her. If those supporting gun control got their way, many good people would be put at risk.
Home Security Statistics presented America with some scary evidence, saying, “2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States.” Imagine, however, if all two million of those homes were rendered defenseless by gun control. Attacks on citizens are real. Crimes are real, and they are not just fun stories to tell at the dinner table. Guns are what give many citizens of America the ability to sleep, knowing that their family and possessions will be safe. The use of guns for protection, however, can easily be deprived by the implementation of extreme gun control.
Advocates of gun control hold many tenable beliefs of their own. Through deeper thought, however, these assumptions of a world with gun control can be seen as misguiding. One important stance that supporters of gun control hold is that, if there is no gun control, tragedies such as school shootings will continue to occur. It can be said just as easily, however, that these tragedies will always occur, regardless of gun control. Likewise, regardless of gun control, people will always find ways around the law. No matter what laws are put in place, they can never stop a truly bad person from getting what they want. Take a look at illicit drug use, in 2013 alone, a total of twenty million Americans admitted to illegal drug use. Simply put, even if guns are deemed illegal by gun control, people will continue to cheat the law.
Furthermore, current technology has allowed schools to begin a process of high security meant to prevent shootings from happening. Schools such as North Cobb Christian have begun to bullet-proof their glass, lock all doors, and fence off the campus. Not only this, but armed security guards have been placed at hundreds of schools across the country. It can be said then, that is more schools choose to take precautions, then these tragedies can be prevented before ever even happening. Disasters such as school shootings most likely would be handled better without gun control, than with.
Another firm belief of gun control supporters is that the gun itself is the killer of people. This would explain then, why these supporters are so mind bent on being rid of them. This very thought itself, however, is illogical. How can an inanimate object choose to kill a person? The sad truth is, that man is the killer of man. Guns, then, are simply another tool used by man to make this killing more proficient. Also, guns aren’t the only weapons that can be used for bloodshed. Prior to the invention of guns, there were millions of murders instituted by all number of weapons. The Mongol conquests are known as one of the bloodiest affairs known to earth. Guns were never used throughout this time period, and yet, five percent of the world’s total population was killed.
Finally, there are thousands of cases in which mass shootings have been carried out by people who are mentally ill. According to the Los Angeles Times, “at least 59% of…mass shootings that took place in the United States…were carried out by people who had been diagnosed with a mental disorder.” These facts then, clearly spell out the fact that many mass shooters can be deemed mentally deranged. Normal people, then, should not be deprived of their gun rights. Gun control should not be put into place because guns are not killers, people are.
What makes something important to humans? Usually, as is the case with gun control, something becomes important to people when there is an incentive presented. America has become filled with an incentive to either go through with or revoke gun control. Ending the thought of extreme gun control is so important because if current laws change, the result would be an inferior and unsafe America. Retaining the right to bear arms will do better in the end for this nation. The citizens of America need to focus less on the use of guns by bad people, and more on the safety given by guns to good people. Total gun control must not be instituted! If freedom and safety still have any value in this world, then the idea of strict gun control must be forgotten.