Guns: Its time for gun control

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Since the days of the pioneers, firearms have been part of the American tradition as protection and a means ofhunting or sport. As we near the end of the 20th century the use of gunshas changed significantly. Because of fast and steady increase in crimeand the fight for the right to own a hand gun, the introduction oflegislation for gun control, to try to reduce the crime in the UnitedStates, has been a hotly debated issue in recent years.

Although many people feel that gun control violates the right of thepeople, given in the second amendment "the right to bear arms", controlling distribution and sales and the registration of guns and gun owners is necessary because of the homicide rate involving guns and the violence by criminals using guns.

Many people feel that gun control violates the right of the peoplegiven in the second amendment the right "to bear arms".

Opponents of guncontrol, including the National Rifle Association, better known as the NRA,argue that the "right To bear arms" is guaranteed in the second amendmentof the Constitution of the United States of America and licensing restrictions penalize law-abiding citizens while in no way preventing criminal use of handguns. It is also argued that by making it difficult for guns to be bought and registered for the American public there is athreat to the personal safety of American families everywhere.

However controlling the sale and distribution of firearms is necessary because of the homicide rate involving guns. In 1988 there were 9000 handgun related murders in America. Metropolitan centers and some suburban communities of America are setting new records for homicides by handguns. Larger Metropolitan centers have ten times the murder rate of all Western Europe. For example in Washington,D.C. there was an estimated 400 homicides including...