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Sean Armstrong

Professor Sims

English 101007

14 November 2014

Argumentative Essay

Gun control has been a controversial subject for several years. Some Americans believe that if gun control is strictly enforced and regulated it would reduce the crime rate all around. While some Americans believe that, the rest of the citizens believe that we have the right to bear arms for protection and even the pleasure of recreation and hunting. Citizens of the United States should have the right to bear arms and more regulated laws and licensing by the government will not affectively save lives. Most of the gun laws and arguments come from carrying a concealed weapon.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states that “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.”(Lyle Denniston) What this means is that the people have the right to own a gun and this was said because they were afraid of the government turning against the people. Recently over the past couple years there has been many debates on what the “right to keep and bear arms” actually means. The debate has been on whether it protects the right of the individual people or the right of the states to maintain militia groups. (The Heritage Guide)

Laws of owning a gun are different from state to state. In Indiana they require retail handgun dealers to obtain a state license and prohibits domestic violence misdemeanants from purchasing and possessing firearms. Also in Indiana, it is unlawful to sell or transfer possession of a handgun to anyone under the age of 18. While being able to purchase a handgun at 18, you must be 21 to purchase ammunition for the gun.(Indiana State Law) There are not many laws about owning a gun but most of the laws come from carrying a concealed weapon. In order to carry a concealed weapon, first you must be at least 18 years old. Second if you want to carry a concealed weapon you must apply for a carrying permit. A carrying permit is a small piece of paper that says you are allowed to have a handgun on you or in your vehicle and not get in trouble. People that do not own a gun or carry think that carrying a gun causes more deaths than if you did not but that is not true. In 1982, the suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring people of households to keep at least one firearm in the house.  The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the 10.4% drop in Georgia.  Ten years later, the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.

Just because someone owns a gun and may carry it with them does not mean that they have to use it and kill someone. In most cases, just the presence and seeing the gun will turn away attackers.(Andrew Dart) Another reason that I believe in carrying a concealed weapon is not just for the male’s sake but for females. We hear all the time about how there are these teenage girls that have gone missing and I think to myself, what if she had a gun, what if she had something to protect herself. Most of the time when a female is attacked, the attacker does not use a firearm and just uses their size and strength to scare them or hurt them. If a female is attacked and she has a gun then she could easily have the higher power and get away without being harmed.

Non gun enthusiasts always talks about how adding more gun laws will stop criminals. That was one statement that I never understood. Criminals are criminals for a reason, meaning they do not follow the law. By putting more gun laws into place that are supposed to regulate the firearms, will not stop criminals. If they were to put more laws into place then it would just be taking away from the law abiding citizens for their protection.( Rebutting the 'Criminals) Criminals will still find ways to get their hands on a gun just like people get illegal substances off the streets. They will still find a way to get around the laws and possess a gun and continue to do what they do.

I do not think that the government should put any more laws into place because it will just be taking away from the rights of the law abiding citizens. I also think that getting a license and carrying a gun could protect many people and could also save lives. The idea of putting more gun laws into place and thinking it will reduce the crime rate is false. Like what was stated earlier, criminals are criminals because they do not follow the law. So they will still not follow the law if more are put into place. I believe that people should have the right to keep and bear arms for their own protection and adding more laws and regulations will not affectively save lives. It is something that will always go back and forth but I think that it is something that they should keep how it is and leave it alone.

Works Cited
"Cases in Which Guns Saved Lives." Cases in Which Guns Saved Lives. Andrew K. Dart, 12 Nov. 2014. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.

"Constitution Check: What Does It Mean That There Is a Right to." Constitution Daily. Lyle Denniston, 26 Feb. 2014. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.

"Indiana State Law Summary." Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence RSS. N.p., 22 Jan. 2012. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.

"Rebutting the 'Criminals Don't Follow Laws' and 'Gun Control Only Hurts Law-abiding Citizens' Argument against Gun Control." Armed With Reason. N.p., 2 Aug. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.

"The Heritage Guide to The Constitution." Guide to the Constitution. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

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