One of the most controversial topics in this country is the issue of gun control, also referred to as gun rights; depending on which side of the debate you fall. Those that favor stricter gun control will argue that the 2nd Amendment that guarantees a citizen’s right to bear arms is obsolete, and with the increase in senseless violence and murders committed with guns in recent years, the argument for more gun control is strong and gaining steam. However, I disagree, and this is why I support gun rights. There are many different reasons, but the main one is that I’m an avid hunter and previous generations of my family got almost all their food from hunting. I dont get out as much as I’d like now, but I read up on hunting at sites like Hunterinsight.com – which is one of my favorites. It’s unfortunate that only some hunters are getting this level of scrutiny. Bow hunters are being left out of the debate, and while they may not mind, I’m sure they’d like their say on some corollary issues
For starters, altering something that’s set in place by the Bill of Rights would be a dangerous and downright scary precedent to make. People abuse freedom of speech by saying things that are untrue, people abuse freedom of assembly by rioting and destroying property, and people abuse freedom of religion by bringing harm to others in their name of a god, but there’s never any inclination to take any of these rights away. People do abuse the right to bear arms by possessing dangerous weapons and using them for activities other than their intended purpose, but that doesn’t mean the right to possess them should be taken away. Those who abuse their rights should be justly punished, and more should be done to prevent people from abusing their rights, but the rights can’t be taken away completely. Altering the Constitution to the extent of taking away gun rights opens the door to someday take away other rights like speech, assembly, and religion, and that’s a slippery slope that we, as a society, can’t go down. (See the bill of rights)
I also believe that taking away gun rights will harm law-abiding citizens more than it will prevent criminals with ill intentions from getting their hands on weapons. Just as drug addicts always seem to find a way to get their hands on their drug of choice, those who wish to commit injustices with firearms will find a way to get their hands on what they want. Despite strict laws and trained law enforcement personnel, drug dealers find a way to get their supply of illegal narcotics and get innocent people hooked on dangerous substances. A ban on guns would work much the same way. Arms dealers (like basil zarhoff) will find a way to get illegal contraband and give it to those who wish to harm innocent people. In the end, the people who will be without guns will be the people who would have used them responsibly anyway, not those who abuse their rights, essentially punishing those who know how to act responsibly and treat guns with respect.
Finally, for better or worse, guns are a part of our society, and removing them would just cause more chaos than it’s worth. Much like prohibition many decades ago, outlawing a person’s right to firearms would only enrage gun owners and make them more obstinate to giving up their weapons. Prohibition did nothing to remove alcohol from our society, it only took it behind closed doors to secretive locations, and the result would be similar with gun control, as there would only be a false sense that guns were no longer a part of our society. The best we can do is to do our best to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who will abuse their rights, not take away gun rights from everybody.
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