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Gun Control For or Against? By: Miranda Odegard, Hannah Poledna, and Shelbie Draper Gun Control facts Gun control is the regulation of the selling, owning, and use of guns. Ex: machine guns, hand guns, rifles, etc… 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.” Laws and rights Right-to-carry laws are the qualifications you must have in order to own a gun. You must be the appropriate age, have a clean criminal record, and complete a fire arm safety course. The Brady Bill requires a national five business day waiting period on handgun purchases. Crime and self defense One of the most common reasons people buy guns is for self defense. One problem with guns in the house is that they are a danger to friends and family. 34% of imprisoned criminals have been scared off by guns. In 1997, 691,000 crimes were committed with fire arms. Assault Weapons The “Assault Weapons Ban” was enacted on September 14,1994. This bill banned the manufacture, possession, and importation of assault weapons. Hillary Clinton once stated, “And since the crime bill was enacted, 19 of the deadliest assault weapons are harder to find on our streets. We will never know how many tragedies we’ve avoided because of these efforts.” Gun Availability There are currently 200 million guns owned in America. The greater gun availability increases the rate of murder and suicide. It also increases the chance of guns entering illegal markets. Guns used in violent crimes are usually stolen or transferred from person to person The Second Amendment The Second Amendment reads “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.” There is a lot of discussion about what the Amendment means and how to interpret it. However, the current price we are having to pay to defend ourselves against an improbable situation is thousands of people dying each year through gun violence. Interview an Expert I do not believe in gun control because the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees me the right to keep and bear arms. I am a law abiding citizen of stable mind and I have the right to protect myself and my family from harm. It have been proven time again that if you disarm the public, the crime rate goes up. In Washington D.C. guns were illegal until late last year, it had one of the highest murder rates in the U.S. “IF YOU OUTLAW GUNS, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE GUNS.” Just my opinion, Frank Emotional Appeal Shelbie- I am against gun control because of self defense reasons and there is a low chance that somebody will just randomly shoot people. Hannah- I am for gun control because I just want the people who are not responsible not to have such easy access to guns, but I also believe responsible people in need of guns for self defense should be able to own one. Miranda- I am against gun control because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives American citizens to keep and bear arms. Also for self defense reasons. Bibliography Agresti, James. “Gun Control Facts”. Just Facts. 6/27/08. 6/10/1999. http://justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp Embar, Wanda. “Self Defense”. Vegan Peace Home. None. 2004. http://www.veganpeace.com/gun_control/SelfDefense.htm None. “How are firearms used in self defense?”. Gun Cite. 9/3/02. None. http://www.guncite.com/index.html Kleck, Gary. “Guns and Self Defense”. Walter de Gruyter Inc. None. 1997. http://pulpless.com/gunclock/kleck2.html Ruby, Frank. Email. 5/12/09.
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