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Gun controls vs. Constitution When America was founded more than 200 years ago, it was freed by the blood and sweat of men who felt that the government had been too strict and did not give them the freedom to live and die how they pleased. So what these men did is take up arms and fight for what they loved, and that was their freedom. When the war was over they wrote a constitution for the government that gave the citizens of this new country rights that allowed them freedom and rights that the founding fathers felt were essential for truly free nation. Among these rights was a the precious right to bear arms, a right that has separated the U.S. from other countries ever since it was put in the constitution. This right actually puts the citizens of the U.S. on a even playing field with the forces above. As Alexander Hamilton stated in the Federalist Papers, “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” “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.” (The constitution) The constitution clearly states that gun controls are unlawful, and gun rights are for the betterment of our country. Our Government, the Government we the people put in place, cannot and has no legal right to even place limits on guns. “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” Shall not be infringed, that means it is unconstitutional for the government to place any laws to limit, or disallow guns to its taxpaying citizens. Only we, the American people regulate ourselves, not the government. The constitution is what the American people founded for the country that


American people live in and those were the rules that we wanted the government that was elected to govern by. “A well regulated Militia” is necessary for our freedom as Americans because according to Noah Webster "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed;” and therefore as long as we the people remained armed, we, in a way, control who governs us.

When the people who formed this nation were creating the Articles of Confederation and even the Constitution they provided a way for the citizens to bear arms. As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people. Don't think of it as `gun control', think of it as `victim disarmament'. “If we make enough laws, we can all be criminals. The possession of arms by the people is the ultimate warrant that government governs only with the consent of the governed.” (Jeff Snyder). If the Government decides to take away our weapons, we would be vulnerable to the governments bidding and we would have no way to protect ourselves, countries that don’t allow their citizens to bear arms are usually ruled by a dictator such as China or North Korea. We take for granted the right and privilege to own weapons and should be thankful that we have such rights.

What should be promoted in the place of firearm eradication is gun safety. Gun safety is a collection of rules that can be applied when handling guns. The purpose of gun


safety is to eliminate or decrease the risks of accidental death, injury, or damage caused by improper handling of gun weaponry. These guns are made for safety and the security of others, and people make the decision to abuse these laws and use them against others. Every year, at least 4 to 5 times as many kids and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries. An argument of these gun laws is the only people that use guns are criminals that commit gun crimes such as robbery, ransoms, or even murder. American kids are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialized countries combined (Brudereck). Though tragic, these accidents can be prevented by promoting by more knowledge about gun safety and making sure our youth know how to use guns wisely and responsibly. The government should spend more on ways to educate the masses about guns and less on trying to eradicate the use of guns because firearms will always be in circulation and people will always get access to guns no matter how strong of legislation is passed. So the question should be asked, how far will the government step into your daily life before you decide to say enough is enough? As we see the power of the government grow, as well as the clamor by “liberal� groups who wish to eradicate firearms, we cannot help but wonder what the agenda really is here? Could a move that looks like a attempt to create a safe nation really be a attempt to eradicate one of the last barriers between our democracy and a sugar coated oligarchy? As American se have the duty to stand up against any entity that attempts to suppress our freedom. So why is there so apathy towards issues such as this? Step up for America! Defend your freedom, both at home and abroad.


Works Cited

Brudereck, Jason. "Street: Support strong for gun laws: The Philadelphia mayor says loose gun control laws are part of the cause of many urban homicides." Reading Eagle [Philadelphia, PA] 19 July 2007. "Quotes on the Right to Bear Arms." Gun control. 2002. 19 May 2009. Webster, Noah. "Noah Webster quotes." Thinkexsist.com. 5 Mar. 2005. 21 May 2009.


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