Gun Control 2 - Curtis 1 Ryan Curtis Position Paper 5/8/11...

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Curtis 1 Ryan Curtis Position Paper 5/8/11 Gun Control A nineteen-year-old boy stands on the street corner talking with a friend about how the school’s basketball game went earlier that day. He nonchalantly stands there drinking his Mountain Dew when all of a sudden a black Lincoln Navigator with tinted windows drives up to the corner. The window rolls down, a voice calls out, and the boy walks up to the car. He bends down to peer into the car to see who it is when three rounds from a Colt 45 handgun rip through his chest. The other boy frantically runs off into the distance. He stumbles backwards and trips on the curb behind him and falls to the sidewalk, the car speeds off into the dark alleyway across the street. The young boy struggles to breathe as he coughs up blood. He chokes to death with every effort to breathe. He dies a minute or two later. These kinds of events are all too familiar to us and perturb us as we see an increasing number of handguns fall into the hands of the youth. I am shocked at the sight of these events where innocent children are being gunned down on the street because of petty little arguments over something as minuscule as a pair of shoes, a particular type of jacket, or simply just a misinterpreted look. I believe that stricter handgun regulations are a must in today's society. Now I am not saying that we have to ban handguns, but we have to take legislative measures in order to limit the possibility of handguns falling into the wrong hands or young
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Curtis 2 people who do not have the knowledge to carry a loaded weapon. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 3,184 children and teens died from gunfire in the United States in 2006 ( Children’s Defense Fund ). This report shows a substantial number of killings by people who are under the age of eighteen. Most of these people are often participants in gangs and involved with drugs. Many of these people find that guns are a much easier method to defeat his or her opponent in a little fight. This problem is made worse by the increasing availability of guns. Residents of gang-ridden areas are afraid to leave their homes for fear that their children or themselves might fall victim to a gunshot. I believe that many people feel we need tighter control over the sale of handguns while many others believe that we don’t. Many people say that it is a right to own firearms and handguns in this country because it is guaranteed by the second amendment of the United States Constitution. 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” (Paul). Very few states today in the U. S. have militias because we have the five branches of the U.S. Military, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air force, and Coast Guard. The Military provides this country with enough support to fend off any war levying or belligerent nations. That is the military's obligatory purpose today. There is no necessity for a state run militia. Also we have
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