Gun Control

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Gun Control: A Reasonable Approach to a Terrible Reality

Ian A. Maxwell

ENG 1020-069

David R. Lauriski, M.A.

May 9, 2014

This paper looks deeply into the current situation in the United States regarding gun violence. By examining the history of the America's formation and the philosophical thought of the authors of the Constitution, reasons for original gun laws become clear. Also, by studying current philosophy, and a looking at the levels of gun violence in other countries, the current state of gun control is highlighted. Through these means, and by ascertaining that the right to a productive life takes precedent, this paper comes to the assertion that greater levels of gun control are needed in the United States.

Gun Control: A Reasonable Approach to a Terrible Reality

In a recent commercial produced by Everytown for Gun Safety, a young girl is shown finding her parent's gun while playing hide and seek with her brother.

While the girl play shoots with the real gun, the soundtrack plays her brother counting down the seconds. One can easily connect that it is only a matter of time before a terrible accident happens. As the commercial draws to a close, the screen shifts to black as the sound of a gunshot is heard. A terrified mother's helpless voice is heard calling her daughter's name (Everytown, 2014). In the commercial, it was only a matter of time before something terrible occurred. In reality, similar scenarios and worse occur every day with no signs of lessening. From the nearly uncountable instances of accidental shootings to the premeditated slaughter of large groups of innocent people, gun violence has become a major issue for public safety in the United States.

While not only tragic, gun violence is occurring at epidemic levels. These problems are...