Anyone who watches the news is well aware that gun control is a hot topic in both politics and the media at the present time. Whenever a firearm is used in a violent crime, there are certain people in this country that cannot help but to bring up the notion that more gun control laws would help cut back on the violent crime rate in the U.S. This notion is false. Absolutely nothing good can come from more strict gun control laws.
First of all, the right to keep and bear arms is a constitutional right. The Second Amendment is not a suggestion, it is a guarantee. If we allow the government the power to take away one constitutional right, what else do we give them the power to do? At that point, the Constitution could be deemed absolutely useless. Our rights as American citizens would only be theoretical, and we might as well add the phrase “as long as the government allows it” to the end of each amendment.
Secondly, all law abiding American citizens should obviously have the right to defend themselves, their families, and their property. Should the government place too many restrictions regarding owning or carrying a firearm, the law abiding people of the U.S. will be forced to face legal complications when they want to exercise that basic human right. Criminals, on the other hand, will not. Such laws will only affect the people who are willing to obey those laws. If a criminal has the desire to possess a firearm, it will not matter to them whether or not it is legal for them to have the gun. They will still obtain that firearm. Only the law abiding citizens would suffer as a result of such legislation.
Not only is gun ownership good for self defense, it is also good for national defense. If anyone tried to invade the United States when there are many Americans who own firearms, the invaders would find themselves facing armed civilians as well as the military. However, if more Americans are unarmed, then the United States would be more vulnerable to invasion. A nation’s people are harder to defeat when the citizens of that nation can fight their attackers.
And there is, of course, the reason that was one of the main reasons for the inclusion of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution that must be addressed. That crucial reason is defense against tyranny in government. The Second Amendment is the amendment that gives us the right to fight for all other rights. Our founding fathers knew that an armed populace was the key to maintaining a free state. Just about every dictator throughout history disarmed their people before commencing forth with their horrific reign. Firearms are like collateral; an armed people can feel safe from the possibility of a tyrannical government as long as they are armed.
Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. all have strict gun control laws. They also have high violent crime rates. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, and there have been firearms on American soil ever since European settlers first arrived long before the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Ever since 1791, gun control laws have only grown more strict. Violent crime rates have not decreased due to gun control legislation. And all of the mass shootings are occurring in gun free zones. Where there is strict gun control, there are higher violent crime rates. Certainly, then, firearms are not the problem.
Just by taking a look at the issue of gun control with a common sense perspective, anyone can see that it is an idea that will not help anyone or anything. Americans need to hold onto their gun rights, and certain lawmakers need to stop trying to restrict those rights. Crack down on crime, not guns.