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Ariel Parker Ms. Jackson English 122/Essay #3 March 5, 2008 Censorship and Gun Control When registering voters in the 2008 presidential election, people ask me and millions of other people, “What issue is most important to you as a voter?” They list several issues, ranging from immigration reform to same-sex marriage. But the one choice that affects me and too many other people is gun control. With school shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University in the past year, college students can empathize with the student bodies at those schools, where thousands of students and faculty are dealing, tragically, with the gun control issue every day. Do we, as American citizens feel the need to be armed at all times? Mr. Fred Thompson, former United States Senator from Tennessee states, “Virginia, like 39 other states, allows citizens with training and legal permits to carry concealed weapons, and that means Virginians regularly sit in movie theaters and eat in restaurants among armed citizens” (Thompson, 1997). Has our country succumbed to settling disputes through guns? As a recently registered voter, I feel as though gun control is more important on a local level than anything else. Therefore, the government, both locally and federally, should regain heavy control over the sale and use of firearms in our country today. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated militia,
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being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” While this amendment is set up to protect the right for
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENG 122 taught by Professor Jackson during the Spring '08 term at University of Tennessee.

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