Gun Control

Essay by SkaMan22Junior High, 8th gradeA+, August 2002

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The problem with guns is fairly straightforward: Guns make it easy to kill or injure a person. This weapon that so many people own has the power to take someone's life in a split second. In this speech I will be covering this and other topics such as the Brady Law, the Second Amendment and some of the percentages and death rates is the U.S.

Gun control aims to keep high risk people away from guns while not putting much of a burden on law abiding citizens. Guns should not only be restricted from known felons because new felons are being arrested every day. Statistics show that only 29% of those arrested for murder are previously convicted felons. Also, a national survey found that 2% of all 8th and 10th graders carried a gun to school in the past year. One third of those said they took one to school every day which translates to more than 100,000 students! That alone proves that guns are too easily accessible and should be much more restricted.

Now, we all know what the Second Amendment of the Constitution says, but this amendment has been interpreted in many different ways. In fact no one knows exactly what the Founding Fathers meant by it. The Brady Center (an organization committed to gun control) believes that individuals do not have the right to bear arms because the 2nd Amendment is meant solely for national defense.

Prior to the Brady Law, 32 states had no background checks on gun buyers. All felons had to do was lie to buy a gun. The Brady Law closed the "lie and buy" loophole. The NRA said that the waiting period for background checks on guns was an inconvenience for gun buyers, but it has been proven that this...