Push For Stricter Gun Laws!

Gun Control: Something that is Needed

The Bold Print: The Second Amendment

The Founding Fathers wrote, "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" (The Impact of the Second Amendment). This amendment has been one of the most debated in American history. Many argue that these words imply the right for citizens to personally own firearms. However, life was extremely different in 1791. The colonies weren't wealthy enough to supply their militias with guns, so the soldiers needed to bring their own weapons. Many of the Colonists at the time believed the right to bear arms went hand-in-hand with the right to form a militia.

Question: Do citizens who Carry Firearms in Public really that helpful?

Many Americans who oppose gun control would argue that firearm-carrying citizens would help stop gun-related violence, such as mass shootings. However, this "involved law enforcement or military personnel and/ or the shooter had stopped shooting before being subdued" (procon.org). This means either the shooter ran out of ammunition or targets, or that it was law enforcement that stopped the shooter, which means that armed civilians didn't help stop the shooting until it was 'too late'.

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Looking Back Further: Stricter Background Checks

"Currently, about 40% of gun sales are conducted without any background checks at all. That gives convicted felons, domestic abusers, and those with a dangerous history of mental illness a free pass to arm themselves" (Ladd Everitt). The logical solution to this problem is to require background checks at all gun purchases, and to strengthen the current system involving background checks, to pick up more warning signs in potentially dangerous customers.
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