Gun Control

By Nick Lugo

What's below

  • The opinions of Gun Control
  • How schools plan on taking care of Guns within their School
  • What the Disabled Community is Doing

Pro Gun Control

The use of guns are commonly tied in with acts of violent crimes and they have been involved in suicides and mishaps, including accidental discharges involving children. Gun restrictions, like the Brady Law, are needed to diminish the amount of gun crimes in the US.

Against Gun Control

Firearms are used for self-defense, for collecting and recreational purposes, like hunting and target practice. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution gave most citizens the right to bear arms. Which means that the U.S. citizens have the right to own and carry firearms with them.

The Disabled Community Acts on the Debate

National statistics show that disabled people are more likely to be victims of crime than normal healthy people. Especially women with disabilities. They're targeted three times as often as others, while disabled men are at almost 6 times more at risk. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Hate crimes against the disabled increased last year by 67%, with 102 reported, according to the FBI." Majority of the disabled citizens can barely hold a gun upright, which is why the disabled community is trying to ban assault type weapons. "They're banning these weapons for arbitrary reasons -- because it has a certain grip or stock -- when in reality those are the features that someone with a disability like me needs to operate a firearm," said Scott Ennis, the president and founder of the Connecticut-based disabled firearm-owners group. Ennis, who's also a hemophiliac, suffered joint damage that makes it difficult for him to grip and shoot. Early reports in 2013 stated that Iowa was licensing firearms to blind owners who carry concealed firearms stirred controversy with some critics saying it wasn't safe, including the disabled executive director of Iowans for Gun Safety. By law, blind gun owners could already hunt, but with restrictions in Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas. Scott Ennis and other people follow the Second Amendment and insist that all U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms. Especially disabled citizens because they have an even greater need for weapons for self-defense. Scott Ennis also thinks that people who have any type of disability and pass the firearms test, have the right to keep their right of the Second Amendment.

Guns In School

According to the National School Boards Association, almost 135,000 guns are brought to the U.S.'s 85,000 public schools every day. School officials across the country say that metal detectors, security forces and locker inspections have only made a dent in that number. Although definitive statistics are unavailable, the National School Safety Center, a nonprofit research group in Westlake Village, California says, "Anti-gun efforts have escalated in the last four years.". One middle school only allows mesh or clear bags, but the policy hadn't spread till l a pistol went off (in May of 2013) in a seventh-grade social studies class. A 13-year-old boy smuggled the weapon into the classroom using his bag, which wasn't clear or mesh.


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