For years proposals for gun control and the ownership of firearms have been among the most controversial issues in modern American politics. The public debate over guns in the United States is often seen as having two side. Some people passionately assert that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own guns while others assert that the Second Amendment does no more than protect the right of states to maintain militias. There are many people who insist that the Constitution is a "living document" and that circumstances have changed in regard to an individual’s right to bear arms that the Second Amendment upholds. The Constitution is not a document of total clarity and the Second Amendment is perhaps one of the worst drafted of all its amendments and has left many Americans divided over the true intent.
There is an American consensus for some form of gun control. “…[F]irearms were involved in two-thirds of all murders in the United States and [t]he United States leads the world's richest nations in gun deaths…murders, suicides, and accidental deaths due to guns - according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the International Journal of Epidemiology” (Lepore). There might be some far extreme people who think that all guns should be banned but most sane Americans do not think that gun rights should be abolished. Americans regard self-defense as the most compelling reason to have a gun and twenty-two percent of households have handguns in the United States. However many people do think that gun control laws must be enacted and enforced. Pro-gun extremists and the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) must understand that there is a real for many people at the uncontrolled system of private gun ownership. Not all gun-control advocates are liberals. “According to a 2009 survey by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, 69% of NRA members and 85% of gun owners support background checks at gun shows” (Altman, “Why Obama's Silence on Gun Control Pleases No One” )
“In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun” ( “Protect Children, Not Guns 2009”). Hysterical gun owners oppose any gun control and often think that the government wants to take away their rights to own firearms. When will they learn that most sane people want gun control not gun prohibition. Guns are a part of America’s way of life and that is a fact that many people agree on. There is another fact that all American should agree on also, guns need to be controlled with good, fair, and balanced regulations. There is a way to respect the rights of hunters, sportsmen, and legitimate gun owners.
There are powerful arguments on both sides of the equation. It is not a question of whether guns should be banned, but it is a question of finding a balanced with some government regulations to ensure that guns do not get into the wrong hands of felons, criminals, and the mentally ill. Why not banned...