The right to own a handgun has been a controversial issue for decades with both Gun rights activists and anti-gun supporters citing the Second Amendment. Many gun enthusiasts believe that an individual’s right to own a handgun is protected by the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment and enforcing Gun Control is violating a persons Constitutional rights. While the anti-gun supporters believe the Second Amendment does not assure the individual right to own a handgun but guarantees only the right of individual states to have their own militias and that the government has the duty to protect its citizens and prevent crimes by enforcing stricter Gun Control laws.
1. History of guns.
Before elaborating on the debate of gun rights let me give a brief overview of the history of guns, concentrating on handguns. The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the gun as “a weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is fired at high velocity”. Before the firearm was invented, wars were fought with swords. But this changed with the invention of gunpowder in China. It is believed that the first record of ejecting projectiles such as stones using gunpowder was used by the Chinese. This later led to the modernizing and development of firearms in Europe. The greatest incentive for developing firearms was and continues to be to this very day military usage. In early medieval times there were handheld firearms present but they were not perfected until the sixteenth century. Although the matchlock was weighty it was the first real useable handheld gun. Powder was ignited in a flash pan by a section of match cord which burned very slowly and set fire to powder in the barrel sending a lead ball in the direction of the target.
By the 18th Century Handheld firearms were referred to as pistols. In the 19th century revolvers were developed, which allowed for multiple load delivery from one handgun barrel. The handgun later advanced with the development of the semi-automatic pistol which used the energy of one shot to reload the chamber for the next shot allowing for immediate re-firing.
Guns have been always been an integral part of the American culture. Guns were used in the early days to provide food for families by hunting and to provide protection. In 1791 The Second Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified and gave Americans the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment states "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." What does that mean? Ultimately, every citizen of the United States has a constitutional right to own and keep a firearm.
2. Argument For
The real danger is not in owning a handgun, but it is the lack of discipline and dilapidation of our culture, that is the danger. Guns are not dangerous, but foolish people with guns are. Guns were made for one task and this task is killing, but killing can be a...