March 1, 2015
Gun Control: Why Must The Government Step In?
Gun control has always had problems since the 1100s. It was never guaranteed if they were going to fire or jam. During that time period the government was already fighting to have guns taken away from the citizens. Due to the all the issues that the American people were going through, the government came together and wrote the second amendment and put it into act in December of 1791.The constitution was put in writing for a reason. Even with all these mass shootings taking our guns away won’t fix the situation. So why are we having to defend our second amendment now? What has caused this debate to arise once again?
The debate never went away, which is why it has come back up again. In the book, Gun Control, Senator Rufus King, of New York, was for gun control in 1790. He stated, “That it was dangerous to put our arms into the hands of the frontier people for their defense, lest they should use them against the United States” (Doeden, 17). The same argument still rings true to today. Some Americans still feel that way. The media on television show gun violence on a daily basis. In the book, Gun Violence, Bob Herbert said, “This is an insanely violent society, and the worst of that violence is made insanely easy by the widespread availability of guns” (85). Why have we become such a violent society?
People believe that the instability of a home is to blame. Dariusz Dziewanski believes, “Popular culture, through violent film, music, and video games, often glorifies the use of arms.” Then Andrew Stephen says, “Violence flows through the American bloodstream.” Based on this information there will be certain American citizens that are going to have people voting to enforce stricter gun control laws. America is filled of mentally unstabble people such as, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, James E. Holmes, and Adam Lanza, who are able to get ahold of weapons and do mass destruction. How were these individuals able to get these weapons? The Brady Campaign wanted to prevent gun violence, by believing that stronger laws and policies will protect our families and communities from gun violence, by making it harder for prohibited people to obtain guns. (136)
Today we face the issue of guns coming across the border. CBS televised the show, “Face the Nation,” on April 12, 2009. Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukham, tried to blame much of the violence of his country on the alleged lax in gun control laws in the United States (50). Most countries out there blame the United States for their rise in violence. Mexico believes that because of America being too relaxed with the gun control, that certain citizens are enabling the Mexican Cartel with their weapons. Are we selling our guns to them? Are we doing it legally or are we doing it illegally?
Meanwhile, there are individuals that are able to see it in both perspectives. They are able to step out of the box and understand why we have a conflict. There are not many out there that stay on a neutral ground. New York Times, writer Michael Cooper and Mary Williams Walsh state, “Both sides in a nation sharply divided over guns seem to agree on at least one thing: a bigger role for the insurance industry in a heavily armed society.” David P. Linsky, Democratic state representative in Massachusetts, wanted to find a way that both sides could come to a compromise on the issue. The people for gun control would have stricter guidelines. The people that are against gun control will still be able to carry a weapon as long as they have gone through the class and recieved a CHL (concealed handgun license). Linsky said, “I believe that if we get the private sector and insurance companies involved in gun safety, we can help prevent a number of gun tragedies every year. He is proposing that anyone with a gun pays insurance. Insurance could range from $200 to $300 per year for each