Topic Proposal: Gun Control in the United States

The United States is one of the most liberal countries in the United Nations when it comes to their gun policies and gun control. As of 2017, a US citizen can walk into a gun store and purchase a firearm by presenting ID (and in some states a license), and walk away as if it were a regular purchase. This is because of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which 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.” However, the question is being presented if these gun laws are too relaxed. Are we sacrificing public safety so we can uphold the right to bear arms? Debates are happening across the Union with Democrats and Republicans siding with whether they support stricter control on guns, or not. These decisions will impact the US for the rest of the years to follow, so its paramount that these debates are taken seriously.

The two sides of this debate are clear: Those that oppose the control of guns, and those that do not. Those that wish to keep the gun laws often mention guns make people safe and keep the numbers of robberies down. Others argue guns put everyone at risk, especially when it comes to gun-assisted suicides. There are shreds of truth is every article. LA Times reported that after England banned the possession of pistols, the crime rate went up sharply. Numbers showed that the English crime rate was double that of the American crime rate. However, LA Times also showed the US had more gun-related murders than other countries. The New York Times talks about the raise in gun-assisted suicides, showing that over 18,000 gun-related murders are acts of suicide. However, its unsure if the access to firearms correlates with this astonishingly high number. Unfortunately a gun isn’t the only means to that end. In fact, this examples shows the major gridlock in the gun control debate in the United States: the uncertainty of whether or not limiting the control of guns would actually make the US safer. This is the core of the gun control debate and every argument, in some way, has to loop back to this critical question.

Every day more and more cases happen, and debates spark across the country. From shootings to self-defense, evidence is stacked every day on either side. President Trump said “The eight year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end…” in a speech to pro-gun supporters. One can’t be sure what the next four years will entail, but they can be sure that this argument will have to fall one way or the other shortly. Does the US allow open-carry on college campuses, in fear that their school will be the next target for a school shooting? Or will that just make it easier for such an event to happen? Either or, gun control in the United States demands every citizen’s attention because its about their safety, and whether or not guns make them feel safer or not.

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