Many people have strong opinions on the topic of gun control. Even those who don’t feel strongly about the issue still have opinions.
In general, what I’ve heard from those who own guns and support the right to own guns is guns are needed for self protection.
Some students fear, “the way things are going” and they feel the need to protect themselves, “when things go down.”
But where are things going and why do we need a gun when we get there? Why is there a notion that, any day now, we are going to reach a state of disaster of apocalyptic proportions and all humanity will digress into chaos?
If we look at the most recent disasters, such as the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, people were still decent. There was no electricity, cities were wiped out and people died. Despite the devastation, people generally helped others.
There is a myth that looting is a big problem after a disaster. However, most people who are affected by disaster don’t steal supplies as the media often depicts. In fact, according to the research, crime immediately following a disaster is relatively low. Just after a disaster, altruism is high and people are more willing to work together.
There’s also a general idea that if someone breaks into your home, you’ll need a gun to protect yourself.
Statistically speaking, most break-ins occur when no one is home and only 12 percent of them are committed by an armed robber. On top of that, most break-ins were committed by people known by the victims.
In fact, when a gun is kept in a home, homeowners are “more likely to be involved in a fatal or nonfatal accidental shooting, criminal assault or suicide attempt than to be used to injure or kill in self-defense,” according to the National Institute of Health.
As a parent, I can’t imagine allowing an increased risk to my child simply based on the fact that it doesn’t happen very often.
Logically speaking, if a gun is kept in a safe, unloaded, with a trigger lock, as many people claim keep their guns in order to prevent accidents, there won’t be time to respond in the unlikely chance an armed robber enters your home while you are there.
If the robber is prepared, loaded gun in hand, you will not be allowed the time to open your safe and load your gun. Even if you carry a concealed, loaded pistol, when a man appears in a dark movie theater with military-grade weapons and armor, you will not win the gun fight.
My opinion about whether or not we should be allowed to carry guns is irrelevant because the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
Slavery is also an assumed right in the Constitution. Article 1 Section 2 states that apart from free persons, “all other persons,” meaning slaves, are each to be counted as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of apportioning congressional representatives on the basis of population.
Article 4 Section 2 says persons “held to service or labour in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another,” meaning fugitive slaves, were to be returned to their owners.
We, as a people, ended slavery after much opposition because it was wrong. Three amendments express the shift in society from one of slave-holding to one where free black people, who are natural citizens if born on U.S. soil, can vote.
In fact, the Constitution was amended 27 times — 27 times the public agreed something had to change. We shouldn’t be so quick to scream “constitutional rights” when the Constitution was written by white men more than 200 years ago.
For people like myself who are not satisfied with the justifications for carrying dangerous weapons, it sometimes seems that your viewpoint isn’t important when it’s a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Keep in mind, the Constitution has been changed before and can change again as long as you’re willing to put your efforts in the right place in Washington to get laws changed.