• September 16

In defense of the right to defend ourselves

A second amendment argument

Chris Huzella

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The implementation of new gun laws and restrictions is a joke, and is quite unavailing. Gun laws only harm the tax paying citizens of the United States of America, while criminals, the people who gun laws are intended to stop, laugh at this absurd joke, due to the fact that they are criminals, and they break the law for a living. Guns are beneficial in more cases than they are not, and owning a gun is a right, appointed to us by the constitution.

Gun control does not, and will not actually make anyone safer; in the U.S. especially. Considering the fact that gun ownership in the U.S. is at its  lowest in 40 years, and there are still more than 35% of Americans who own firearms, according to the latest poll by CBS, ‘banning’ guns would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, and would lead only to more crime, similar to prohibition in the 20’s and 30’s. Now let us assume that all the law abiding citizens concur with the banning of firearms. Would the criminals do the same? Are they not criminals for that very reason that they do not follow the law? So what is the point then of making guns illegal if the only people who would follow such rules are the same people that only utilize guns legally? A very similar currently occurring example of this is marijuana usage. Marijuana, in many places, is illegal, yet many people use it, either for medical or recreational usage. These people are technically considered criminals, and they obviously aren’t following the laws. The same will happen with gun laws, should they be implemented.

Guns, in most cases, are owned, and used for self-defense. According to ‘A Factual Look at How Guns are Used in America’, Guns are used to save a life more than 30,000 times a year. That is 80 times as many as they are used to take a life. In fact, the United States has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, while being significantly lower on the homicide rate list, at #103. That is quite the gap. When compared to the U.K., where handgun ownership is illegal, the U.S. has far less violent crimes per 100,000 people, at 466, next to the U.K.’s astounding 2,034! This is perfect evidence of guns being banned, and being replaced with something much easier: kitchen knives. Kitchen knives are used in more than half of all stabbings in the U.K., and it has gotten to the point where it “has prompted a group of doctors to call for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives” (“How Guns are Used in America” ). When it comes to the law abiding citizens in this country, guns are extremely useful, and efficient in saving thousands of lives every year.

“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.” That is the second amendment of the Constitution. Our right to “bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Banning guns, would be infringing on the American people’s right to bear arms, would it not? Some say that the constitution is old, and outdated, and that this right does not exactly apply anymore. So would it be fair to say that one’s right to free speech is outdated? Would it be fair to say that free speech was only needed when the state was corrupt, and was making bad decisions for the people? So would taking away the people’s right to bear arms in self-defense not be the first step in ultimately controlling the people? This would lead to the very thing we are fighting in the Middle East  to this day: Dictatorship. The ability of the people to form a militia and bear arms against a corrupt state, is the very thing that prevents dictatorships. This is one of the main reasons why people are oppressed in so many third world countries, but it is a very difficult problem to successfully fix elsewhere, so the least we can do as a united people is to prevent it at home.

The usage of guns was a large part of the foundation of the very country we live in today, and it has provided us with the very freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis, freedoms that we time and time again take for granted.

 

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