Gun control has been a contentious issue in the past, including in the recent U.S. presidential elections. A section of the citizenry is concerned that banning gun ownership or severely limiting the citizens’ right to use guns will be an infringement on their rights. However, the recent increase in mass shootings and assault against police officers provides a leeway for the placement of limits on gun ownership and use. This paper argues that gun control is necessary both in the short run and in future.
Controlling handguns, for instance, limits the number of new gun owners thus limiting the likelihood of more crime being committed. Gun control will to a great extent save lives. First, the largest number of homicides is usually linked to the law sector, where homicides by gun account for the greatest number of casualties. One of the key reasons why gun control is necessary is the increase in shooting cases, particularly in schools. Several innocent school children have previously died due to the prevalence of a high number of guns in the hands of civilians. This has encouraged gunmen to use the arms inappropriately.
In addition, some of the opponents of gun control state that hunting is a key activity in their life and that they require guns to hunt. Still, some of the weapons used for hunting are assault and semi-automatic. In fact, assault weapons, which account for a significant number of weapons held by private citizens, is not meant to be used for sport hunting purposes. However, when someone insists that he is using an AR-15 for use in sports, it barely makes sense. Using semi-automatic weapons for hunting purposes amount to misuse. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons are the best choice for mass shooters hence such weapons in wrong hands is extremely risky. Such weapons need to be in the hands of law enforcers only. Handguns can do just fine for hunting purposes.
Individuals and groups that oppose gun control further point to the Second Amendment which allows civilians to own firearms for the purpose of individual and societal protection. However, such rights made sense during moments when private citizens did not trust the national government. The American civil war of the mid 19th century gave civilians such a chance. Yet in modern days where private citizens have turned to amassing several firearms with no clear threat to their lives, it is necessary to pursue the Second Amendment with caution. Cases of armed civilians shooting police officers dead have been on the rise in the past five years. In this regard, the pursuit of the Second Amendment must be cautious, and gun control needs to be enforced.
One of the aspects that make gun control relatively difficult is the ability of armed civilians to intervene and stop criminals at scenes of crime. In reality, however, very few cases of intervention by armed civilians have been recorded in the past at scenes of crime. Mass killings continue in schools, and no one intervenes in such cases because a gunman comes with the sole intention of murder. Expecting armed civilians to respond is harder than simply placing checks that prevent the gunman from owning the gun in the first place.
In conclusion gun ownership and use needs to be controlled. It is a contentious but necessary decision. Such a move would not only limit access to firearms hence save lives, but it will also reduce the rampant cases of mass shootings and high rates of homicides that define the current society. Law enforcement agencies need to be empowered to protect civilians and civilians need to trust law enforcers to do their work. Application of the Second Amendment should be cautious.
Argumentative Essay on Gun Control
Gun control is a controversial subject in the United States of America. In the wake of so many tragic mass shootings, like the recent Las Vegas Shooting, the conversation tends to pull in two directions: Those who believe gun laws should be less strict and those pushing for more restrictions.
When you are writing a gun control argumentative essay, you are free to take any side you want, unless your instructor specifically tells you to take a certain side. What matters is that whichever position you choose, ensure you have good points and supporting facts.
In this gun control essay, I have decided to take a pro gun control approach: strict regulation up to and including an outright ban on firearms. In fact, my thesis statement for this for argumentative essay is stricter gun control laws should be enacted and implemented if the United States is to solve the problem of mass shootings and reduce crime within its borders.
My essay is divided into three basic parts, the introduction, the body and the conclusion.
Here is my gun control argumentative essay. Enjoy!
Stricter Gun Control Laws Should Be Adopted
The pervasive gun culture in the United States of America is a creation of the country’s frontier expansion, revolutionary roots, colonial history, and the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment stipulates, “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” (Cornell.edu, 2017). The argument fronted by proponents of stricter gun control laws is that the amendment targeted militias and not the common citizen. They are of the view that gun control restrictions have always been there and that they serve to enhance the security of the country and the various states. The opponents however argue that through the provisions of the Second Amendment, individuals have the right to own guns. Their view is that individuals need guns for self-defense and that gun ownership thwarts criminal activities. This paper argues that stricter gun control laws should be enacted and implemented if the United States is to solve the problem of mass shootings and reduce crime within its borders (my argumentative essay thesis statement).
On 1st October, 2017, the US witnessed one of the worst mass shooting incidences in its history, probably the worst. The shooting, as observed by Swift (2017), was conducted by a common US citizen who was a gun owner. Following the incidence, there has been rage and confusion all over the country as to whether the gun control debate is still relevant. A whopping 59 people died in the incidence with 500 others sustaining serious injuries (Swift, 2017). This incidence alone, the Second Amendment notwithstanding, tells why the country is in dire need of very strict gun control laws. Nothing can compensate for human life and it is even worse when life is lost at the hands of another human being. It becomes more serious when one person decides to kill, without stopping to think, as many people as time and other factors would allow them to! The latest gun incidence is a clear sign that the threat of lives being lost due to misuse of personal guns is more real than the threat of one losing their life due to lack of self-defense.
Given the latest mass shooting incidence, together with such other past incidences, it could be safely argued that the Second Amendment is being misinterpreted to mean what the framers of the Constitution never intended nor meant. It is high time that the three branches of the federal government, together with the states, sought a clear reinterpretation of “well-regulated militia”. It cannot be that those who effected this amendment “authorized” what was recently witnessed in Las Vegas. As pointed out by Insana (2017), “The Founding Fathers, who lived before the invention of the Gatling gun, could not have envisioned civilians commanding the right to hunt turkeys, or humans, with modern ferocity”. The Second Amendment is surely not a leeway for citizens to have unlimited rights to own guns. A well-regulated militia should imply that a state, or the country, adequately serves its law enforcement agencies with the right ammunition and weaponry so as to ensure security. This has however unfortunately been misinterpreted to mean anyone can own a gun.
Stricter gun control laws would reduce deaths resulting from individually owned guns. Street (2016) reports that between 1999 and 2013, the number of gun deaths totaled to 464,033. Out of this, 270,237 were gun suicide cases, 9,983 were unintentional deaths, while 174,773 were homicides. It is thus crystal clear that mass shooting is not the only way in which guns are being used for the wrong purposes. It is emerging that giving an American citizen the right to own a gun is akin to giving them a shorter way of executing their evil plan of killing themselves, if they had it that is. If a gun is meant for self-defense and crime prevention, isn’t gun suicide the exact opposite of this? As a matter of fact, one would be safer from their own selves without a gun than with a gun. This is why it should be made tremendously difficult for people to acquire guns.
Opponents of gun control laws argue that introduction of such laws would deny people a sense of safety by infringing upon their right to self-defense. This argument is oblivious of the fact that weak gun control laws compromise even the safety of the gun holder himself or herself (Purcell, 2013). Moreover, it is the role of the federal government to ensure that every American citizen is always safe irrespective of the part of the country they find themselves. Building and maintaining strong security agencies is enough to ensure this. On the same note, the “right to self-defense” argument would lose its meaning if an individual cannot first of all defend themselves against themselves. When a person knowingly or unknowingly harms themselves using a gun they own, it means they lack the very self-defense they acquired the gun for.
The enactment and implementation of very strict gun control laws by the US is long overdue. People cannot continue butchering innocent citizens in the name of enjoying the provisions of the Second Amendment. If it is the Second Amendment that is creating all this loss of life and lawlessness, it should be thoroughly reinterpreted so that it works in the best interest of all Americans. Nobody has the right of taking their own life and that of others. It is sad that gun ownership perpetuates this phenomenon. This discussion reveals that gun ownership is neither promoting self-defense nor deterring crime but promoting the same.
Cornell.edu. (2017). Second Amendment. LII / Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 20 October 2017, from https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/second_amendment
Insana, R. (2017). The Time for Polite Debate on Gun Control Is Over. CNBC. Retrieved 20 October 2017, from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/05/the-time-for-polite-debate-on-gun-control-is-over.html
Purcell, T. (2013). Shotgun Republic: The Gun Control Debate. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Street, C. (2016). Gun Control: Guns in America, the Full Debate, More Guns Less Problems? No Guns No Problems?. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Swift, H. (2017). Gunman’s Girlfriend Arrives in U.S. and Is Expected to Be Questioned. Nytimes.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/us/las-vegas-shooting-live-updates.html
A break down of my gun control argumentative essay
APA, 6th Edition
Stricter Gun Control Laws Should Be Adopted
I have tried to design the introduction in such a way that it attracts the attention of the reader and gives him an idea of the essay’s focus. My first sentence comprises of some startling information: The pervasive gun culture in the United States of America is a creation of the country’s frontier expansion, revolutionary roots, colonial history, and the Second Amendment. It is not totally new information to the readers. In fact, it is a pertinent fact that explicitly illustrates the point that I wish to make. It is followed by a sentence of elaboration. In addition, I have tried to ground the reader with some information that is relevant to understand my thesis. Lastly, I have finished my paragraph with a thesis statement for my argumentative essay.
The body of my gun control essay contains reasons + evidence to support my thesis. Each body paragraph begins with a topic sentence that identifies the main idea of that paragraph. If you have read the essay, you can see that my explanations try to answer a simple question: how does this evidence support my thesis?
I have tried to sum up my points and provide a final perspective on gun control in an effort to bring closure to the reader. I have reviewed my main points, trying not restate them exactly, and tried to briefly describe my feelings concerning the topic. I was unable to find a good anecdote that would have ended my essay in a useful way.
Though, I won’t recommend it, I have used some news articles from cnbc and nytimes as part of my references. I would advise you to go for more credible sources such as peer reviewed articles and journals.
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