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Safe Not Sorry Essay

1036 words - 5 pages

Monica Siah
Heidi Bauer
Expository Essay
Final Draft
“Gun Control”
03/25/13

Safe, Not Sorry

Freedom seems to be defined differently between Americans these days because some relate freedom to owning a gun through The Second Amendment of the United States. The Second Amendment states: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, has the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Presently, part of our society is attempting to legislate and regulate the possession and use of firearms by proposing a ‘Gun Control Bill’ that dictates and determines whether certain citizens of the United States are able to posses or carry a ...view middle of the document...

In recent cases, gun misusage has been a reoccurring crisis in the U.S. On December 14th, 2012, slightly before 9:30AM, a young man named Adam Lanza, 20, conducted a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementry in Newtown, Connecticut. Using a Bushmaster XM15-E2S Rifle, Lanza shot 154 rounds and killed 28 innocent victims – mostly children in less than a hour. After police took control of the shooting situation they recovered 2 other semi-automatic weapons found on Lanza. Research shows that Lanza did not have a criminal record however his mother formerly claimed he had Asperger syndrome and he was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder at 6 years old.
The results of our latest tragedies have led citizens in the United States to an uproar that has seemingly divided the nation. Many proposals have been submitted petitioning the banishment of gun ownership from the general society. One of the most popular concerns among Anti-Gun Control citizens today is the security and safety of their homes without firearms. They trust that if the Gun Control Law is passed it will raise question of how criminals might retort to knowing certain homes are no longer armed. Markus Funk, a law student at Northwestern University, Illinois writes in an article: ‘Are Gun Controls Discriminatory?’, “Given nationwide crime rates, it seems clear that the government cannot show that it is able to protect the citizenry from criminals, and, thus, social contract theory indicates that the government cannot justify taking away the citizen's right to defend themselves in the way they see fit.” (Funk, P.1) […] “Victims must be able to defend themselves against criminals as soon as crime strikes, and have the ability to defend oneself is much more critical in poor and minority neighborhoods which are ravaged by crime and do not have adequate police protection.” (Funk, P.1) Funk reports in his article that the general public that needs personal protection will be required to face the realism that the police do not and cannot function as bodyguards for people. As a end result, he believe this will result in individuals remaining...

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