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Unformatted text preview: Kristyn Chalker Causal Argument Composition II 2/20/08 The Right to Bear Arms and Then Some: A Comprehensive Look Into Why Handguns Should Not Be Federally Prohibited. If a person wants to cause another human being harm, then he or she will find a way to do so, regardless of the weapons or tactics they have to use. The laws in place currently regulating the sale of handguns are not effective, so why should any other law prohibiting them solve more problems? Prohibiting the ownership of handguns by federal law will not prevent crime. Crime is inevitable, and as is mankind’s ability to create new forms of it. People would find a way to obtain handguns regardless of the measures they have to go through to acquire them. The State and Federal efforts to enforce the law would clash with each other and cause unnecessary stress and confusion. Also, the Constitution, in some interpretations does protect the individual’s right to bear arms. Making handguns illegal will not eliminate the existence of them. History can often repeat itself. Prohibition, made legal by the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution in the United States, created an underground market for the sale, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol from 1920 to 1933. Prohibition provides a prime example of a citizen outbreak that no authority in the United States would be willing to face. Speakeasies popped up in every major city, and the authorities all over the country had problems controlling them. However, when has making things illegal stopped the public from doing those things? Even minor offenses such as speeding, littering, or parking in fire zones occur in hundreds of instances daily regardless of the fact that they are, with out a doubt, against the law. If a person has convinced him or herself into committing a crime, regardless of the magnitude, more often than not he or she will...
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- Spring '08
- English, Supreme Court of the United States, Firearm, handguns, Houston Police Department