5-3 rough draft.docx - RUNNING HEADER Controversial Gun Control Controversial Gun Control Benjamin Cripe Southern New Hampshire University 1

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RUNNING HEADER: Controversial Gun Control1 Controversial Gun ControlBenjamin CripeSouthern New Hampshire University
Controversial Gun Control2ABSTRACT:Guns throughout the American public have long been viewed through controversial eyes and minds. To one side guns are a symbol of independence, security, and responsibility. On the other they strike thoughts of fear and terror into the lives of victims and families of gun crimes. Gun violence has claimed the lives of countless victims resulting in many U.S. national tragedies. Many who oppose guns feel that the only way to reduce gun crime and save lives is to place the U.S, government in charge of the distribution of firearms and ammunition. The United States Constitution states in amendment 2 “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” (Madison, 1787). Those that read the Constitution with a pro-gun control vision, believe that the 2nd amendment view gun control as a constitutional act and is only referencing our military. Although, there are those on the other side that view gun control as an “infringement” and wouldkeep American citizen from their right to keep and bear arms. The purpose of this dissertation is to look at gun control from both sides of the isle by probing into opinion polls throughout the U.S., looking into the interpretations of the 2nd Amendment both from civilians and the SupremeCourt, and by examining whether current gun laws are effective. THESIS STATEMENT:The United States is in a disagreement of whether gun control is defending our country orkilling it.BODY:Gun Control has been a hotly debated topic seemingly since the invention of the first firearm in 1364. Firearms then in their simplest form were nothing more than a handheld cannon with a small barrel and a touch hole a burning wick could be pushed through. With the first
Controversial Gun Control3ignition of the fuse a line was drawn, trying to determine whether the use of firearms for personaluse is ethical, moral, or legal. Fast forward to the fight for American independence from Britain in 1765 to 1783 The most important weapon of the revolutionary war was a musket. A single shot, smooth bore rifle, that could be fired from the shoulder, a bayonet could also be affixed to the end of the barrel extending its usability after its ammunition had been extinguished. Without the progression of firearms, the Revolutionary War may have taken a much different turn. With the threat of a tyrannical government still fresh in the minds of new Americans an amendment to the Constitution was created to give American citizens a means of defense against the possibility of a tyrannical government rising again.

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