Gun control has been one of the most argumentative and controversial issues in America today. The media is constantly making the public aware of all the altercations regarding firearms and the enforcement of laws controlling firearms. When we see these issues on television we become accustomed to the fact that gun control is a political debate but it is also an ethical debate. Our founding fathers had very explicit beliefs in the right to own weapons and ensured that it was written in the U.S. Constitution. As we enforce “guns laws” and policies, we must not violate these rights that were given to us but continue with the beliefs this country was founded on. At the same time, it is our responsibility to take measures in the risk to safety and security by ensuring these firearms are used responsibly. The balance between our Second Amendment rights and how to guarantee the right of safety is where the long history of political and ethical debate begins.
It is not in doubt that the USA has the highest number of guns per the population with some estimates of the number of both legal and illegal guns being that there is one gun for each person. Media freedom has contributed to the information spread especially on mass shootings that have been happening and this has created a notion that it has the highest gun related crimes in the world which is not the case. As we hear more and more about mass shootings, huge passionate debates regarding gun control escalate have come up and this has split the population in several camps. There are many people who believe that stricter gun control would prevent future violent crimes or mass shootings. On the other hand, others feel it would not affect the crime rate but only leave us unable to defend ourselves and our property.
As we try to tackle this issue, we should be guided by our culture as concerns guns and all related issues. The gun culture has a long history with the state of Kentucky being the first to enact a law regarding concealed weapon in 1813.This was however nullified in 1822 by the court of appeal as it was a violation of constitution. This was followed by the state of Georgia in 1837 which completely banned sale of pistols with only larger pistols allowed. This was also overturned by the Supreme Court in 1846 in the case on Nunn vs. state. Other state that is Alabama, Indiana and Arkansas had concealed carry laws in early to mid 1800 which were all overturned by the Supreme Court which determined that it’s a right for individuals to own and carry guns. This therefore informs us that the gun culture has a long history and has become engraved and accepted in our society just like other societal rights like freedom of speech or even the national anthem. This though is not lost to history that these laws were mainly passed to deter blacks and Hispanics from revolting being that this was the time of slavery.
Our society should be concerned with gun control since this affects how the...