Essay On Gun Control Using Rogerian

Essay on An Argument for Gun Control

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America is the most well armed nation in the world, with American citizens owning about 270 million of the world’s 875 million firearms (Marshall). Indeed, this is more than a quarter of the world’s registered firearms. The reason why Americans own so many guns is because of the Second Amendment, which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Rauch) This amendment guarantees U.S. citizens the right to have firearms. Since this amendment is relatively vague, it is up for interpretation, and is often used by gun advocates to argue for lenient gun laws. Hence, gun control is a frequently discussed controversial topic in…show more content…

Unlike the colonists of the 1700's, the modern citizen simply has no need for firearms. During

the Revolutionary War period, colonists viewed the right to bear arms as a natural right, and rightfully

so. They faced legitimate dangers such as a tyrannical British rule, Native Americans, and wild animals.

Hence, the Founding Fathers included in the Constitution the right to own firearms in 1791 (Brown). The

colonists needed firearms to actively defend themselves against these dangers and eventually overthrow

their British oppressors. Furthermore, it made sense for colonists to be armed because the colonial

militias were composed of volunteer minutemen. These soldiers had to be quick to act and transform

from a civilian to a soldier within minutes, which is where the term originates.

Interestingly, immediately after the British were defeated by the colonists, we see an immediate

abuse of the right to bear arms in Shay's Rebellion, where an unruly group of farmers in economic crisis

tried to hijack a militia armory (Shay’s Rebellion). Shay's Rebellion is evidence that the right to bear

arms is not always a good idea, especially during times of peace without clear and present dangers. In

relation to modern times, there is no justifiable reason to possess arms; we do not face dangers such as

a tyrannical oppressor, Native Americans, or wild animals. We live in arguably one of the safest

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Khan 2shooter situation. A gun in every civilians possession would ensure their security if need be. Furthermore, Davidson states “We need to remember that we've have had a remarkable decrease in violent crime and gun crime in the U.S. since the early 1990s, even though the number of firearms has increased by about 10 million every year” (Davidson). In other words, Davidson claims that the number of firearms are inversely proportional to the number of gun crimes committed since the early 1990s. Moreover, Davidson further reveals “People should also be aware that most gun-related deaths are suicides, not murders. There are twice as many suicides in the U.S. by guns as there are homicides and I think most people find that very surprising” (Davidson). Another aspect of gun control issue is who should be allowed to have firearms legally. A solution that comes to mind would be implementing comprehensive  background checks for every eligible gun owner to have legal rights to use the weapon, either for security or for pleasure. This way the Second Amendment rights of gun owners are preserved as well as the rights of citizens without guns. On the other hand, the proponents of gun control have a very diverse and different  perspective on guns. In the analysis of the topic of gun control, the most important questions raised are whether the Second Amendment protects guns like the proponents of gun rights claim. “Does the Second Amendment apply to civil suits for trespass, negligence, and nuisance? Does the Amendment cover gun-neutral laws of general applicability like assault and disturbing the  peace?” (Blocher, 295). Blocher implies that any form of gun control laws enacted or in the  process of being enacted are not immorally designed or interpreted by the Second

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