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Gun Control 1 Gun Control Casey Sonksen Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Gun Control 2 Although the Second Amendment uses the word 'militia', its purpose is for individuals to own and use a gun when necessary. A gun is a neutral object that can be both beneficial and harmful; but the people have the right to own a gun and use it to protect themselves and their loved ones if necessary. Many countries continue to consider America to be the land of freedom because the people retain the ability to uphold and defend their Constitutional rights when necessary. Gun control laws do not work and are merely a way for the Government to control yet another aspect of our lives. Although guns are used to harm people, it is still our right to own a gun and use it for protection. What gives one the right to own a gun and to protect one’s self and family with it? The answer is the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment states “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" (FindLaw, ¶ 1). When the Founding Father’s wrote the Second Amendment, they did not intend for ‘militia’ to mean ‘military’. At that time a militia meant a group of civilians who were expected to use their own guns to defend themselves and the community (Beck, 2009). The Second Amendment is an important right and without it is taken away our country could face some serious problems. Without the right to bear arms, many of our other rights would begin to disappear. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution" (Cap’n Ball, ¶ 14). When the government ignores the Constitution, it is ignoring the rules set up to govern it and also ignores the rights of the people. By ignoring it, does that not mean that the government is choosing what is best for itself over what is best for the people? In order to defend our other rights, the people
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Gun Control 3 need to have a means of defense. If the government is able to disarm the people, then it will be able to eat slowly away at the other rights that do not fit the needs of what it is trying to accomplish. One major reason that the people are told they do not needs guns to protect themselves is because we have a modern day police force. After looking at statistics, the average response time for a police department to arrive on-scene at a priority one call, which is occurs when there could be serious injury or death, is seven minutes and twenty- one seconds. As shown in Table one the police response times in 2008 for several major cities in the United States to a priority one call. As shown, it can take several minutes for an officer to arrive on-scene.
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