Gun control is a topic that stirs a strong opinion from the general public. Gun control is the effort to regulate or control usage and sales of guns. The right to bear arms is granted to all Americans by the Second Amendment and many consider it essential to maintain order in the United States of America. Even though this was the Second Amendment right granted to citizens in the Bill of Rights, many Americans opt not to own a gun, and others would like for this right to be abolished altogether. Both sides of this issue have a good argument, but when further researched, there are many more details that come up explain why siding against gun control is a better conclusion for the United States and its people. Some may say gun control should be enforced because it will make the pubic a safer place to be and decrease gun violence. “An average of eight children and teens under the age of twenty are killed by guns every day" ("Brady Campaign to prevent Gun Violence", 2012). The United States' current president, Barack Obama, is currently working on enforcing and passing more laws and legislation to protect the families and the citizens of the United States. The successful enforcement of our current laws would be a major stride toward decreasing the amount of crimes committed with guns and the amount of criminals with gun possession. The most challenging element of the gun control debate is whether existing gun laws are adequate or whether more gun laws need to be created and enforced.
In 1791 the Second Amendment was a law designed to allow the citizens of the United States the right to own and carry a firearm. Although this law seemed to give more freedom to the citizens of the United States in the 18th century, it has become a law over-ridden by criminals. The Institute for Legislative Action was developed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) in 1975 as a means of defense against any gun control laws ("About NRA, 2013, par. 1). The National Rifle Association is a non-profit group that advocates gun rights among other things. The NRA mission statement was written with the intention of preserving and defending the 2nd Amendment. The opponents of gun control, such as the National Rifle Association, argue that the "right to bear arms" is their guarantee under the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. It is also arguable that the licensing restriction penalizes the law-abiding citizens, instead of preventing criminal use of firearms ("About NRA", 2013. par.5).
What Guns are doing to our Society
As the 21st century continues, the purposes behind the use of guns are significantly changing. More people are purchasing guns for criminal activities and misusing the intentional purposes of guns. These criminals are gaining access to guns and using the firearms to commit gun-related crimes. Because of the rising...