Citizens have the right to buy and keep their guns, unless is it proven to be of harm to themselves or to others; in other words, it is right to limit but not control firearms, especially handguns. There should be certain restraints when it comes to a person buying a gun, such as have a background check done, have each person list references from people so they can ask about other people’s opinions on whether or not they should be issued a hand gun, and maybe a questionnaire filled out to determine an individual’s personality. This would come into play because they could analyze it to see if the person could have something psychologically wrong with him. This would be a more suitable choice rather than taking guns away from people or telling them they cannot possess them. According to the Second Amendment, people have the right to keep and to bear arms.
Gun control is a big controversy right now. Many people will argue for it, and others will argue against it. The arguments are endless, but according to ListVerse, there are ten main reasons to support it. The reasons are: more guns equal more homicides and suicides, some the public supports gun control, most massacres involve legal weapons, banning them saves lives, the Second Amendment, assault weapons aren’t “sport,” we have too many already, arming everyone won’t help, and assault weapons won’t save you (Morris). These are good, persuasive arguments; they are not arguing to take guns away, only to put restrictions on people purchasing them. It is not a secret that as each day passes more homicides and suicides occur because of firearms. People think it is quick and easy, plus to get possession of a hand gun is easy since there are so many people with them, and they can be small enough to fit in someone’s pocket or purse without being noticed. According to study after study, it has been settled “…that suicide is not so much a rational decision, but something people do on the spur of the momentmeaning that a lack of access to a death-shooting murder-stick at that critical moment could be the difference between life and death” (Morris). Again, people use guns because they believe guns get the job done right, quick, and easy without having the possibility of surviving and having to go through it twice.
Even if people don’t support gun control 100 percent, at least everyone supports it in a small way, such as no one wants to see the government give a drunk a handgun without having a background check done first or giving a schizophrenic child one. “Between 1982 and 2012, the U.S. had roughly sixty-two mass shootings…of those sixty-two shootings, forty-two were perpetrated using legal weapons” (Morris). This brings up two arguments for gun control: most massacres utilize legal weapons and banning firearms saves lives. The fewer handguns a person has or the fewer that unstable have, then fewer deaths will occur.
There is nothing wrong with people using handguns for competitions or hunting or sporting events, except when they take it away for that use. A person only needs so many guns for hunting or other leisure activities. The number of guns a person has eventually adds up, so the government needs to have a way to see how many guns a person bought throughout their his lifetime and see what that person did with all of his or her purchases. The last two arguments play on each other because if the government gives everyone a gun, then that would be saying no one is safe, which would lead to a panic and then the weapons wouldn’t be saving people. Instead, they would be trying to harm other people and take their guns. Even when people do argue for or against gun control, it can be twisted either way to agree with one side or the other, which is why people cannot agree on the subject.
The requirements for purchasing or owning a handgun are different for each state, but in most states, a person must have a permit to carry a handgun according to the