Is gun control right?

Essay by DaveyDHigh School, 12th gradeA+, January 2004

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For decades, people have been arguing over very many issues in America, such as: the legal system, legalizing drugs, and whether or not the justice system is fair or not. This paper, however, is not on one of those examples. It is on the long asked question of whether or not gun control is needed. Some say that gun control is constitutional, some don't. Some say that a private gun in every home will increase security; others think it will decrease security. Some people think that a private gun owner should not be able to buy bullets. The violence is not just an inner city thing either. As the massacre of 23 people by a crazed gunman in Killeen, Texas, has horribly demonstrated.

Landover, Md.--A 4-year-old boy found a loaded gun in his family's house and fired it through the front door, killing his 5-year-old sister and seriously wounding another boy, authorities said.

This article was featured in the September 29, 2003 issues of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. You can find more like it in basically any national newspaper you decide to pick up. Why? Because gun owners who live in a home with children in it, are not keeping their weapons locked up. Approximately 1,500 children, ages 14 and under, are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for unintentional firearm-related injuries. These innocent children who have never seen a gun, with exception of some old Cowboys and Indians show, are stumbling upon their parent's .44 magnum. As if Americans didn't already have enough to be concerned with when they are out and about, now they can add worrying about their little boy or girl bringing a weapon to school and using it on one of their peers or, worse yet, being the one looking down the barrel. If one...