Gun Control is Not the Answer.

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Gun control has been a controversial issue for years. A vast

majority of citizens believe that if gun control is strictly enforced

it would quickly reduce the threat of crime. Many innocent people feel

they have the right to bear arms for protection, or even for the

pleasure of hunting. These people are penalized for protecting their

lives, or even for enjoying a common, innocent sport. To enforce gun

control throughout the nation, means violating a persons

Constitutional rights. Although some people feel that the issue of gun

control will limit crime, the issue should not exist due to the fact

that guns are necessary for self defense against crime, and by

enforcing gun control is violating a citizens second amendment right

to bear arms.

Guns are evil to some, because of the violence that they

create. People express guns as weapons of homicide. They insist that,

the more guns with which our society equips itself, the greater the

likelihood for accidents or violent acts involving fire arms to occur.

It is a proven fact that handguns have been the murder weapon of

choice. Guns are involved in half of all homicide cases. People

believe that society has relied on weapons that create harm and

criminals. Therefore, these weapons should be outlawed.

However, law abiding citizens have the right to protect

themselves against danger. Due to the ownership of guns, burglaries

have reduced considerably. A gun is a tool, guns don't kill people.

People kill people. The matter depends on who is using the gun, and

what situation it is involved in. Purchasing a handgun legally is a

complex procedure. The consumer must go through a two month waiting

period. These procedure guarantee the innocence and reliability of a

gun owner.

The second amendment states the citizens right to own...