Gun control.

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One of the arguments against gun control is that families feel safer with a gun in the home thinking they would be able to defend themselves from an intruder, when actually the gun is 22 times more likely to be used to kill somebody you know than to kill in self defense, according to a 1998 study by the New England Journal of Medicine. Some statistics you may be surprised to know are; 43% of households with children have guns, 23% of gun households keep a gun loaded, 28% keep a gun hidden and unlocked, but 54% of these parents said that they would be highly concerned in they knew there was a gun in the home of their child's friends. Also, the risk of homicide in the home is three times greater in households with guns and the risk of suicide is five times greater in households with guns.

If keeping a gun in your home for protection is more likely to end up killing you than saving your life, then why do it?

Another argument against gun control is that it is taking away our Second Amendment right. The Second Amendment to the Constitution says: 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. Which means that the people have the right to bear arms so that a militia force can be properly maintained. This law is extremely out of date. At the time of the writing of the Constitution, citizen militias, what eventually became the National Guard, were a major part of what made this country free. Then, arms were an essential part of the defense of that freedom. In the 1780s a rise of tyranny in...