The Truth About Guns.

On December 14, 2012 a young man, named Adam Lanaza opened fire inside of an elementary school killing 20 children and 6 adults. After Lanaza killing spree he eventually turned one of this many guns on himself. Stories like the Newtown shooting have now become a tragically familiar in this country. Every year we encounter dozens of stories just like the just like the Newtown shootings. Kids killing other kids, gang member killing rival gang member, and the worst one of them all must be kids accidently shooting them selves. People need to open their eyes and realize that serial murders aren’t the only ones with guns, but millions of ordinary people have guns. The really question is, are guns all bad? Well In the same year the Newtown shooting occurred, another gun related story came out in the local LA paper. A young women walking home from work deters her attacker by pulling out her gun. In one part of the country guns took way the lives of over 2 dozens people and in the other part of the country guns helped save the life of a young women. Still this question remains to be ambiguous and need to a more thoroughly explored.

            According to gun statistic posted by the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, they’re approximately 300 million guns in circulation in the United States alone. The approximate estimation by experts for the amount of guns in the world is close to over a billion firearms. Firearms are the most communally used weapons in crimes that end in murder. On the other hand firearms have inspired a revolution in the Middle East. In 2012 Egyptian man took up arms against their oppressive government. There courage to fight came from the fact that the United States government supplied the rebellions with government grade firearms. After a long fought battle the Egyptian rebels took apart their oppressive government and began a new age of freedom.

            Domestically speaking guns have actually helped lower crime. According to national reports of crime data, crime is at its all time low in the last 25 years. Another positive statistic regarding pro-gun ownership occurred in Washington DC. In 1975, Washington DC passed a law called the firearms control regulation act of 1975. This law made it illegal to own or buy a handgun in the District of Colombia. After an obsesves signs that the law was failing to protect the community the citizens of the district of Colombia decided abolish the law though the use of the courts. Heller vs. the District of Columbia went all the way to the Supreme Court where a majority of the judges decided that the law itself was unconstitutional. In the words of the Supreme Court “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home”. This court case was landmark in pro-gun legislation and had lead to dozens of overturns on gun control laws.

            When I come down to the answers of whither or not guns are good? I would conclude that they are. Guns have repeatedly shown to deter and even stop crime. Guns have also been used to start revolutions and have been used to protect and defend the freedoms of millions. When it come down to the numbers guns once again own the advantage in this category. Just looking at the data from numerous locations around the country, guns have shown there worth. Overall I would defend guns but I would also defend smart gun ownership legislation.


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  1. last semester i took a class for my major called gun politics. in this class i learned almost everything related to guns. this paper was inspired by my prior knowledge of this topic, which would cause a slight biased in my wording for this paper. in many regards it is impossible to be not biased when talking about such a controversial topic like gun control. guns are a very emotional subject and emotions cause for a lot of bias.

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