“What? Gun control?! The government is coming for my guns- what about my second amendment rights?” I’m sure you’ve heard someone, somewhere say these kinds of things. Am I right? Of course I am. Whether it’s your uncle Al the proud gun owner, your own parents, or the media, you’ve most likely heard these things. The problem is knowing how true those statements are and what these statements are taking away from the truth.
The truth is that no one is “coming for” anyone’s guns. The fact of the matter is that people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are really pushing these statements. Let me ask you a question, are guns that shoot 100 rounds per minute necessary for hunting or for protection? No. I’m sorry, whatever your answer would have been the correct one is absolutely not! If you need 100 rounds a minute to shoot a deer, you probably should go back to your day job… hunting CLEARLY isn’t your thing. Also, self-defense probably isn’t a good plea if your shoot someone 100 times. These are the kind of guns we shouldn’t be able to own.
Another thing you need to look at is the second amendment itself. I’m sure you were taught that the amendments gives us the right to bear arms- right? The exact wording is as follows:
“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.”
When you read that, if it was the first time you’ve read it, what was something you noticed that you’ve never been told? Probably the word Militia. We all know what a militia is, I hope; in the time of the colonies we used these armies of civilians, usually equipped with muskets. The weapons in the hands of regular citizens now are not only way more powerful to that of our forefathers’ time, they aren’t used for the purposes our forefathers intended. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have the right to own guns, I think we absolutely should be allowed to have guns for self-defense and hunting! However, we don’t need large magazines or semi-automatics like the bushmaster that was used to slay those innocent children in New Town in December.
The other arguments I keep hearing are that (1) “these laws won’t prevent ALL of these crimes.” You are absolutely right. There are some instances, such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, where people can kill others without guns at all. The fact of the matter is that while these measures won’t protect us from EVERY crime, it will make it more difficult to kill/injure as many people. Usually police are given the opportunity to catch shooters when they have to reload or change their magazines; it only makes sense to say that if there are restrictions on the size of the magazines you use, there will be less deaths occur even when mass shootings take place. Just because you can’t fix the whole problem does that mean you should stand back and do nothing? No. Anyone who says we shouldn’t try because we can’t fix the problem 100% is stupid, in my opinion. I’d rather save a few lives out of many than to allow them all to die. (2) “criminals won’t follow the laws, they’ll be the only ones with the banned firearms!” This is one of the only arguments that I actually agreed with. Honestly, it’s a bit of a risk because, yeah, criminals won’t get rid of their magazines and the only logical guess is that their guns aren’t in their name at all because of loopholes in the system. While all of that is true, think about it, the people who have these weapons will most likely either not use them so that they aren’t taken away… or they will use them, the weapons will be confiscated, and then they will no longer be out there on American streets. The way I think about it is, like I said before, why do nothing just because you can’t do everything? Just because some people will be out there with the illegal weapons, there won’t be nearly as many out there as there are now! Over time, they will just be weeded out completely. (3) The ever-popular “guns don’t kill people, people kill people!” True. People kill people. Let me ask you another question… is it easier to kill someone with your bare hands or with 100 rounds in a minute (or a regular shot gun, even). Obviously, the gun is an easier option. While saying that people kill people is true, guns only make that an easier, quicker process. People could kill each other with anything- even silverware… it’s just the mere fact of what weapons make it easier to do. There’s really not much else I can say about that.
If I think of anything else I’d like to share with you I’ll post it, but for now just look over these things and think about it. Most of the people who will read this (if anyone does) will probably be teenagers. You get most of your opinions from your parents, I’m guessing… so my goal here is for you to just think about the things I’ve said. Don’t 100% agree with me and don’t take my word for it, just think about it. Go do a little research and then form YOUR OWN opinion- because this is America and that is your right as an American!