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Did you know that in the United States almost 100,000 people are shot or killed with a gun in one year? Ten thousand, five hundred and twenty-seven people die a year in handgun related incidents in the United States. This number, by far, outweighs the number of gun related deaths in countries such as Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan, which number thirteen, twenty-two, and eighty-seven, respectively. What is the reason for such drastic differences in numbers? Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan are all countries that have stricter gun control laws than the US.
Mind you, these are just the number of deaths caused by handgun related incidents; however, that isn’t counting the thousands of deaths caused by other types of firearms; in one year, around thirty-thousand Americans die in gun violence. If the US adopted stricter gun control laws, the number of deaths would drop accordingly. Restricting the right to bear arms will undoubtedly make any community safer. Many people in every community around the country own guns. Granted, many of these guns are used for hunting, but they are still deadly weapons.
The authorities would have to take everyone’s guns away to really make a community safer. I believe that it would make a community safer because people use guns to kill both accidentally, and on purpose. Many people argue that they have guns for protection; protection from the other people who carry guns. They defend their possession of guns saying they can use their guns to kill an intruder. They also argue that their guns are used to hunt and feed their families.
Although these defenses may be true, a gun is twenty-two times more likely to be used in a completed or attempted suicide, criminal assault or homicide, or unintentional shooting death or injury than to be used in a self-defense shooting. On April 19, 2008, Anthony Klaseus of Belle Plaine and his son Hunter were hunting turkey about three miles west of Belle Plaine when Klaseus shot his son in the chest with a 12 gauge shotgun. If there had been a restriction on gun laws in the United States, this deathly accident and other unintentional accidents like this wouldn’t occur.
This is a terrible tragedy, but it brings us face-to-face with the reality that even in the most innocent of situations, if a gun is involved, there is the possibility of death. Originally, guns were not intended to protect; they were intended to kill. Made for wars, they were weapons of war, in which they were used to fight enemies, and they are still used for this today. However, today we are fighting a different war. This war is against people. Kids are killing kids, adults are killing adults, and adults are killing kids, men are killing women, and women are killing men.
People use guns to kill someone for whatever reason, and then the other people sometimes retaliate, which makes it a never-ending cycle. The intent of a gun, whether to protect, as many people say, or not, is to kill someone else. Though I think guns are awful and should be restricted in my community and every other community around the country, it would be violating a person’s rights under the Second Amendment, which states the people’s right to a well regulated militia necessary to the security of a Free State and the right to keep and bear arms.
According to this amendment, almost anyone can own a gun. Being aware of this right, I know that it would be illegal to restrict the right to bear arms in any community. This is a scary yet true reality; however, the question is about safety, not about the law. One can clearly see that if there were no guns, there would be no gun-related crimes; therefore, one can conclude that the community would be safer. Many people die each year from guns. It is because of the Second Amendment that criminals are allowed to purchase guns.
It is because of the Second Amendment that innocent people die. I believe the Second Amendment is nothing more than a death sentence for many good, innocent, hardworking people of the United States. I am aware of all the arguments for guns and the Second Amendment; however, I am for another value. This value is of a higher priority than the rights given to all people under the second amendment. After all, at the very beginning of the Declaration of Independence, of highest value of all, we state that all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.