The United States Constitution says that U.S. Citizens have the
right to bear arms. Although this was written with no
constraints, there are now laws that limit certain parts of gun
ownership. The reasons for gun control fall under the flag of public
safety. Though there are many safety reasons why private ownership of
firearms should be banned, these arguments are outweighed not only by the
need for protection, but because the limitation of ownership rights could
become dangerous to personal freedom.
When the U.S. Constitution was written, some delegates thought
Militia was military forces because the Federal Government had its own army
to protect the people. The second amendment was made in response to the
fear of being helpless before a standing professional army. On December 15, 1791,
Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, making it, with the second amendment, part of the
constitution (The Commission for the Bicentennial of the United States
The Constitution does not guarantee gun ownership for just any
reason. The second amendment makes it clear that only a well-regulated
Militia needs arms. As recently as 1980 the Supreme Court noted that “The
second amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does
not have some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of
a well regulated Militia” (Isaacson, 163). The meaning of the second
amendment, as interpreted by pro-gun control supporters, was to allow
citizens to protect themselves from and oppressive government, not to allow
anyone the power to shoot another human being.
The main reason for gun control boils down to the want for personal
and public safety. One upsetting fact about guns is they increase the
severity of a crime. "With guns, unlike knives or hands, rage and
recklessness are likely to be translated cleanly and quickly into death"
(Isaacson, 162). Another upsetting fact is that hand guns are people
killers, which is their only use. People with guns are more likely to take a life that with
upclose and personal weapons like the knife or the fist.
Gun control activists believe that a ban on hand guns would
gradually deplete the number of handguns in circulation. This would slowly
take care of the cheep Saturday Night Specials, which hold no use to police
or sports men, because they only last about 10 years. Little pistols are
not needed by ordinary people and can easily be concealed be street
criminals. This statistic shows the effect of the availability of handguns on America.
The handgun is not needed except when a person wants to hide a weapon. For home
defense, the shotgun is more effective with its wide blasting stopping power, while a
handgun has to be aimed exactly on target.
A big problem with keeping guns in the house is the curiosity and
ignorance of children. Children are more capable of finding guns than they
are given credit for. Even if a child is well behaved and listens when they are told not to
touch a gun, they may still fall under to peer pressure and let their friends play with a
gun. Not only is a gun dangerous to children, but the ammunition is as well. A child
could be seriously hurt by an exploding bullet, which can be set off by being hit by a