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Another Look at The Gun Control Debate.

February 28, 2013 by  
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( Gun control and the 2nd amendment have been heated topics of debate in the U.S. for years. With the horrible tragedies that occurred in Connecticut leaving 27 people dead, the debate quickly renewed with all of America taking sides. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the leading lobbying organization in support of gun ownership in the United States while regular citizens and politicians are split on all sides. While there are many opinions on the topic gun control and the actual right to bear arms are quite different.

What the 2nd Amendment Says

Many people involved in the debate do not actually know what the 2nd amendment says. As written in the United States Constitution the 2nd amendment says, “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.”

It is important to note the time that the 2nd amendment was actually ratified. The United States was just beginning the Revolutionary War against England, a country considered a tyrant infringing upon citizens rights. As new colonies compared to the all powerful England, small groups of people could formgun-control-poster together with weapons to defend their land, family and rights.

The term militia is largely argued today. With the Army National Guard, regional police forces and for hire security, who needs a militia? If you truly do want to form militias why not take the first step and join one of these forces instead of just retaining the right for personal gun use? These are valid points. Some proponents of the 2nd amendment simply reply with the fact that even our own country can attempt a dictatorship or martial law and they need weapons to potentially thwart such efforts.

Why Gun Control is not Anti-Gun

Gun control is not anti-gun. Nowhere in the 2nd amendment states that every citizen retains the absolute right to all arms. Proponents of 2nd amendment rights mainly argue against stronger background checks, longer waiting periods and the banning of high power assault weapons. Even if you disagree with these things there is no argument that the majority of both sides agrees with gun control. They may not know it but the sheer fact that there is an age limit of 18 to 21 to purchase a gun was put into law due to gun control advocates.

Gun control, not banning guns can help in many ways. Gun control allows for qualified, law abiding citizens to own personal use guns. These do not exclude guns for hunting. There are still personal sized guns to protect your family.

The Bottom Line

The heart of the matter is that none of these pro-gun debates take into account the people. Many NRA leaders are not as personally affected by gun violence. Many NRA leaders are wealthy business owners while NRA members range from wealthy to the poor. If the leaders of such a special interest group can only profit from the selling of guns then what incentive do they have to restrict certain guns? Why would they limit guns if it could limit their funding? When you look at some of the statistics of gun violence in the U.S. it is startling why we have not strengthened gun limits long before today. There is no need to focus on mass shootings because there are enough sickening numbers without them.

The United States is far behind other western countries. In 2011, there were 89 guns for every 100 Americans with Canada, our neighbor, being 30.8 per 100 citizens. Out all the murders in 2011, 68% were caused by firearms. The 2nd most used weapons were knives/cutting instruments at a very distant 13%.

Even though it is no argument that gun violence is rampant in America there is a large majority blaming the issue on urban African-American males. There is some truth to this. Blacks are six times as likely as whites to be the victim of homicide with the majority of offenders being other minorities.

In WashingtonD.C., a city with one of the highest minority populations, there are 12 firearm murder per 100,000 people. It is also the top region for firearm robberies with 242.56 per 100,000 people. While it may seem like an easy answer to blame minorities, gun violence heavily effects Whites as well. Did you know that 80% of those who commit suicide with a gun are white males? The ease of obtaining a gun is not the only issue. With tougher gun control measures, background checks for mentally unstable may help to prevent such a staggering statistic. Another study found that a gun kept in the household is 43 times more likely to kill a household member.

Final Words

Focusing on gun control can hit home for many. Whether you are white, black, a victim of gun violence or a proud gun owner, gun control is an important issue for everyone. There is no need to have military quality weapons for a single household. Making sure to focus on proper gun control and usage will help both sides. Proper gun usage will prevent more violence causing stricter controls and possible bans. 

Staff Writer; Stanley G. Buford

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5 Responses to “Another Look at The Gun Control Debate.”
  1. TripleLindy says:

    Your article is full of false information. For example, note the part where you state “It is important to note the time that the 2nd amendment was actually ratified. The United States was just beginning the Revolutionary War against England”
    Not true at all, the amendments in the bill of rights were introduced AFTER the war, by James Madison to the 1st United States Congress as a series of legislative articles. They were adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789. The Revolutionary War had ended years earlier, in 1783 when the United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Paris.
    I don’t expect you to acknowledge your sloppy work. Liberals rarely do. Your lot thinks that if the facts don’t fit your agenda, just invent some new ones.

  2. Ford says:

    …..if obama could he would confiscate. If republicans lose in 2014 an all out assault will be directed toward legal gun owners. People will become criminals if they refuse to give up their guns. I also think obama would be very comfortable in the position of president for life.

  3. Jeff says:

    “There is no need to have military quality weapons for a single household”

    What? Who has military grade weapons in their house? Fact of the matter is knives and blunt force trauma kill way more people than so-called “assault rifles” do. Another fact is in 2003 Chicago was worse then it was now and that was during the now expired Clinton “Assault weapons ban” of 1994-2004. Crime and shootings were going down even when the ban expired in 2004. And the new assault weapons ban won’t make them less deadly it just bans features like a pistol grip and folding stock but the guns can still hold the high capacity magazines and shoot the exact same bullet in the same manner; it’s all feel good non-sense that ignores the root of the problem. Make everyone feel good, demonize a group of law abiding citizens and make them criminals just to get votes and make the sheeple feel safe

  4. freedom says:

    i do support the 2nd amendment, and will defend it at all cost. gun control is just another way to say government control.obama is trying to bully free people as usual.i dont even consider anything the liberal media reports as remotely close to being true

  5. LostTarget says:

    Enforce gun laws already on the book (no plea bargains).

    Make state laws tougher then federal laws in regard to gun crimes.

    Prosecute to the fullest convicted felons in the possession of a firearm.

    Increase rewards for reporting illegal firearms.

    No bail for those using a firearm in the commission of a crime.

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