The Issue of Gun Control

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When the framers of the Constitution penned one of the most influential works in history, they could never consider what the consequences of the freedoms they set forth. The second amendment of the Constitution is one of the most important and most frequently called upon that recent history can think of . Since the age of the Civil War, the weapons that we have produced have become increasingly more deadly. We as citizens of this country are watching our children and friends at the hands of these vicious tools of destruction. As responsible Americans, we have let our freedom and security slip through our fingers and disappear forever. I advocate legislation that would take the handguns out of the criminals' hands and watch the government put these brutal killers into jail and let them stay there. If we could eliminate the nonsense that happens constantly on Capital Hill, this dream would be a very real one.

With the interests of political activist groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Congress has had a tough time passing any legislation that would benefit the public and curtail the sail and manufacture of armor piercing bullets, automatic rifles and Uzis. Unfortunately, we tend to interpret the Constitution to broadly. Obviously, in the late 1700's, there were no deadly weapons to contend with. They had muskets, which could hardly be used in a very swift and deadly manner. Granted, the musket could kill, but if you asked any semi-sensible person if they would rather use a musket or a handgun, they would take a handgun any day of the week. This is why, in my opinion, we need to radically change the way we go about handling these...