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arms, as anyone who could be licensed, pass background checks, register their weapons, and renew their licenses can easily and legally bear arms. Proponents also argue that background checks at gun shops should be required as they “have stopped almost 1 million people from buying guns at these stores since 1998” (Goldberg). In the end, does our right for self-defense supercede the rights for others safety? The argument against gun control emphasizes that regulating gun control will only increase illegal distribution of weapons, and that the regulation of guns will deprive those for
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whom guns are their primary form of self-defense of their rights to security and safety. In light of gun violence and attacks in America, from San Bernardino to the Texas Church shooting, the anti-gun control perspective highlights that No assault weapons ban, no gun violence restraining order, no ammunition magazine capacity law would have prevented” any of these attacks” and that furthermore, more gun control will only prevent Americans that are rightfully armed from exercising their “right to keep and bear arms” (Farago). This argument points out that creating more gun control laws will not only infringe on the rights of Americans, it will also not have any effect on the safety/health of the public. As comparison to the argument for gun control, the argument for the government regulation of Vaccines in schools also has many opponents with similar arguments. In both cases, opponents argue that the requirement of gun control or of vaccination violates individual constitutional rights over their own bodies and their rights to keep and bear arms for self-defense. In the case of vaccination however, the fact that this debate is one of public health is more clear than in the case of gun control. The growth in the anti-vaccination movement has caused an increase in the number of fatal, preventable diseases in the United States such as measles, chickenpox, or even whooping cough. In contrast, the opposing argument argues that the dangers of vaccines far outweigh the dangers of unlikely diseases, and that the large majority of vaccines are not effective at all. The argument for vaccination laws revolves around the rising rates of preventable disease in the United States and in westernized nations, and that allowing unvaccinated children to attend public schools puts other children who cannot be vaccinated due to autoimmune disorders such as HIV, weakened immune systems due to cancer, or who are just too young at
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risk. The pro-vaccination movement argues that mandating vaccination for students in public schools may violate a parent’s right over their child’s health care - but the parent’s choice to not vaccinate their child violates the rights of the other schoolchildren’s parents over their children’s healthcare. For example, one fatal disease that depends on ‘herd immunity’ to prevent infection in the modern world is whooping cough, or pertussis - newborns and young infants are too young
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