Gun Control Essay

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Jermaine Housen
November 18, 2012
On October 22nd 2002, we all woke up to the reporting of the Washington DC sniper shootings. Although it has been twelve years, the end result is that so many innocent citizens lost their lives at the hand of 2 raging lunatics. The story behind Lee Boyd Malvo will forever be embedded in my soul and that of all the American people. This lunatic murderous streak is just one of the many examples why I believe with everything within me, that the sale of hand guns should be banned. The columbine shootings of which thirteen people lost their lives, the Virginia Tech Massacre on April 16, 2007 where again 32 victims again perished because a student, Seung-Hui Cho who later committed suicide. All because guns were being sold to people who cannot have self-control and find pleasure in taking other peoples life.
Fast forward to January 8, 2011, where the U.S. Representative, Mrs. Gabrielle Gifford who was holding a public meeting in Tucson Arizona where she met her end after being shot in the head by a demented 22 year old who was given the access to a gun. The most recent of these murders though, took place recently. On July 20, 2012 in which a gunman at the age of 20, ambushed people in the movie theatre, killing 12 innocent civilians and injuring 58 others. How much worse can it possible get that citizens of the United States cannot attend a movie with their family and friends and not be in fear of their lives. Isn’t it full time now that we the citizens stop looking over our shoulders because they are afraid that they will be attacked by someone whose sole intention is to cause harm? Even recently, a student of the University of Delaware was shot and killed near his campus. What is the cause of all these senseless murders? Taking the life of a college student that is trying to better of himself by becoming a Business Entrepreneur in order to fend for himself and family. Senseless killings, because guns are running wild on the streets and there is nothing really that the government can do because the right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
To think about banning the sale of handguns, is to fight the Second Amendment. This amendment has been written in the constitution since the early 1790s. It was a law in which this great country was founded on. However, we are living in the 21st century and I think it is time that we make a change to this amendment. This will be a hard task because it is quite rare for a change to amendment to be accepted.
I personally know that the banning of handguns is a very controversial topic. In order to get this banned in effect, I would have to go up against an organization known as the “National Rifle Association” (NRA). This organization is a prime defender…