Hold Back the Handgun

(Persuasive Essay)

Introduction

Did you know there were 80,708 American firearm deaths in 1998? (Streissguth 32) The Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution states that Americans have the right to bear arms. Some people claim that guns protect people's life and liberty. How is this so if there are so many firearm deaths? It is just not everyday people guns are affecting. For example, president John F. Kennedy was shot down in 1963. (Salzano 46) And we all know of world famous Beatles rock star John Lennon's demise. (Steissguth 20) Restricting guns in other countries has shown less murders and gun violence than prior to gun control, so I don't see why America hasn't tried it. The Second Amendment should be upheld but the ability to buy a gun should be stricter because firearms are the cause of many tragic child deaths and are the reason why many presidents have died when the guns were in the wrong hands.

Concessions

Rebuttal Paragraph #1

My first point of concern is that firearms are the cause of many tragic child incidents. About half of all households include at least one gun. (Steissguth 12) These households usually include children. And the children of America watch television, an electronic in which guns have played a large factor in. (Steissguth 17) Some examples are "Loony Tunes" or "Tom and Jerry". (see video below) We all know that children are notoriously curious and could easily find and "play" with a poorly hidden gun. If you don't believe me, just know that close to 2,000 citizens die in gun accidents annually. (Dolan 13) Good parents are usually responsible people and will secure their firearm safely if they have one. These are the kind of people who have the privilege of a gun, those who prevent dreadful and saddening accidents from happening to so many incredibly innocent people. Who knows what all of those young children could have been if these tragic accidents did not occur.
Classic Yosemite Sam vs Bugs

Rebuttal Paragraph #2

Secondly, firearms are the reason many presidents have been assassinated, or their lives were threatened, when guns were in the wrong hands. In 1981, John W. Hinckley, a mentally disturbed man, shot Ronald Reagan. (Woods 2) William McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgisz while the president was visiting an exhibit in Buffalo, New York. (Salzano 43) Lee Harvey Oswald murdered John F. Kennedy while his motorcade traveled through Dallas. (Salzano 46) These murderers have one thing in common, they were all mentally ill or insane. People in this condition are in no state to receive a gun permit. If the gun distribution was more conservative, these living legends could have altered the world as we know it.

Conclusion

The Second Amendment should be upheld but the ability to buy a gun should be stricter because firearms are the cause of many tragic child deaths and they are the reason why many presidents died when they were in the wrong hands. If these gun laws don't tighten up soon, be ready to feel unsafe even when stepping out of your home to bring the garbage to the curb.