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The Debate Over Gun Control Essay

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In the United States of America, we as people have certain guaranteed rights, and one of those is the Second Amendment. 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.” This amendment has been a crucial issue throughout the history of this country and still continues to be of vital importance today. Today there are several conflicts with this amendment the 1st being a law-abiding citizens right to own a weapon, Second the crime rates because of these weapons and 3rd being the distribution of weapons. In this paper I will discuss the three topics I stated and I will ...view middle of the document...

Advocates for gun control often perceive the amendment in somewhat of a different way. These people look at the first part of the amendment that states “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State” which implies that weapons are guaranteed to the people during a time of need to help defend a free state solely as a Militia. Obviously, today there is no need for a militia because the United States has armed forces to protect peoples freedoms and rights. This amendment was written during a very different time and under different circumstances, this is one of the core arguments for advocates of gun control. Just for clarification I would like to mention that advocates for gun control are not against allowing people to have guns these people are more about supporting stricter laws for guns to make it difficult for these weapons to fall into the wrong hands.
“Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms.”( James). There is a strong correlation between guns and crime rates; often times the cities with stricter gun control laws will have lower crime rates. For instance lets take at New York City the murder rates in New York in 2009 were 471 people, in 1990 that number was 2,245. New York is on its “ 19th year of consecutive declines in the major crime categories.”(Bratton 2010). New York also in 1994 implemented a new gun control policy, which made it more difficult to obtain a weapon in around New York City. Even the nation’s crime rate has fallen, “the violent crime rate has fallen from 758 per 100,000 residents in 1991 to 445 in 2008, and the murder rate is down from 9.8 to 5.4 per 100,000 residents.”(Bratton 2010). There are many more examples of crime rate declines in this country and as gun control laws become stricter it only makes sense that crime rates will continue to decline as laws become stricter. But for some the statistical evidence isn’t enough.
Some people in the United States believe that no matter how much enforcement there is to regulate these weapons there will always be away to get them. One of those ways could possibly be through a Gun Show even though many believe there is no correlation between gun shows and access to weapons and crime rates. But often times it can be said that it is easier to obtain weapons at a gun show, even though the National Rifle Association will never admit to it. Advocates against gun control often argue that the steps to obtaining a weapon at a gun show are the same as obtaining one through a store. These people dispute by saying that these places also require a background check to receive weapons. But this doesn’t take into account private sales of guns at these gun shows. There are only six states that even require background checks from private party sales making it very easy to obtain a weapon.
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