The Prof made it clear I had a blurred idea of "gun control" He told me that he highly disagreed with my paper, but had to give me an A. I knew then, the University system in America is ruined. I made it a point to write papers that voiced the true meaning of our Rights and principles that this country was founded on.
This country was founded on certain principles that have been unwavering and unaltered since its birth. Freedom of speech, religion, and protest, are a few of these rights that we have been guaranteed. The right to keep and bear arms is another and probably the most important right granted us by the founding fathers of the United States of America. This right has come under scrutiny from many politicians and citizens alike. The biggest question is whether or not it is necessary for Americans to own and possess firearms. It is necessary and it is a God given right by the constitution and should not be ignored; it will not lower crime or the crime rates.
The 2nd amendment to the constitution states: "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." Our founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington felt that it was imperative that the free people of a free state be allowed to own firearms, for the people's security as well as the country's. It was in fact George Washington who said, "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good (2nd amendment quote.com)."
As our country began its early stages of growth, firearms were on the forefront of peoples mind, and it continues that way today. Many debates during the congressional annals revolved around guns and gun control. Delegates from many states often compared America and Europe when it came to gun control. America prided it self in the fact that they, unlike most European countries, could own guns. "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms (James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 p. 243-244)."
Today, the congress of the United States still debate gun control issues. Presently there are many state and federal laws pertaining to gun control. Some states make it necessary to have individuals register their firearms with the local law enforcement, where as other states have waiting periods of up to six months before the purchase of a firearm can be made. These waiting periods are for criminal checks. Some federal laws make it necessary for owners of fully automatic firearms to be registered with the BATF (Federalfirearmlaws.com)
The majority of these gun control laws do not have the desired effect they are intended to have. They are intended to suppress crime; instead they suppress the rights of law-abiding citizens. The answer to suppress crime is not in gun control, but in education and a strong and powerful judicial system. Australia has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. There crime rate is extremely high, and the number of crimes committed with a firearm is one of the highest in the world. In 1997, Australia outlawed most handguns and made it illegal to posses most firearms. In 1997, just 12 months after a new gun law went into effect in Australia; homicides jumped 3.2 percent, armed robberies 44 percent, and assaults 8.6 percent. In the state of Victoria, homicides went up 300 percent. Before the law was passed, statistics showed a steady decrease in armed robberies with firearms (Welcome to The Future of Freedom Foundation). More recently, The UN, in May of 2000 convinced the people of Sierra Leone to turn in their private weapons for UN protection during the recent civil war. The result was disastrous. The people ended up defenseless when UN troops, unable to protect even themselves, were taken hostage by rebels moving on the capital of Freetown. (Welcome to The Future of Freedom Foundation). Gun control laws do not prevent crime and they do not save lives. There are endless examples of how gun control does not work. America must not become another world statistic of increased violence and crime due to "effective" gun control policies. Those who commit crime and use guns to do it do not care what the gun control laws are. Criminals are not under the constraints of the laws of the land and therefore could care less about gun control. The war on guns will not solve the crime problem or make the murder rates decline. They will only inhibit citizens from protecting their lives and property against those who have no respect for it.
"Common sense dictates that inanimate objects, such as guns, are not responsible for human behavior. We don't hold a match responsible for arson or a camera responsible for pornography. We rightly hold the people who misuse these tools liable. The same should be true for guns. As a judge stated in the 1878 Arkansas case of Wilson v. State, 'If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege (www.fff.org).'"
The advocacy for gun rights cannot be worded any better than the above statement. Our founding fathers knew that private gun ownership was paramount for the protection and growth of our nation. It is still the same today. If we are to keep our rights, and if we are to protect those rights, we need not gun control, but gun ownership and firearm education. In Switzerland, every man from military age to 65 is to own and know how to use a firearm. They have never been invaded, and have a substantially low crime rate. Perhaps it is with this that we look overseas for a good example.
Another reason that the founding fathers stressed gun ownership was because the lack of it meant tyranny could run rampant. Thomas Jefferson politely stated, "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government (savetheguns.com)." Could this be the reason that the American government is pushing for so many new gun control laws? It would be easier to control the populace of America if they had no means of protection. It is just a final thought.
Gun ownership is necessary to protect the rights and principles that this country was founded on. In essence it is the most important amendment in the Bill of Rights. Without it, none of our other rights as Americans is guaranteed. Gun control will not suppress crime or lower the crime rates, it gives criminals and advantage, they do not have to deal with victims that can protect themselves.