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Gun Control April 20 1999 14 students and one teacher were murdered in a deadly school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado Gun Control vs Gun Rights It is events like this that spark the heated debate between advocates of gun rights and gun control The second amendment 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 Article II Many gun control supporters claim that the amendment was written at a time when things were different and it no longer applies to our way of life I still believe that it should hold true For example the ninth amendment states The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people What this means is that we have other rights than those stated in the Constitution and the government cannot deny us those rights To Preserve And Guarantee In a study done by Professor John R Lott Jr and David B Mustard of the University of Chicago found that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes and it appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths If those states which did not have the Right To Carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992 approximately 1570 murders 4177 rapes and over 60000 aggravated assaults would have been avoided yearly The estimated annual gain from allowing concealed handguns is at least 6214 billion When state concealed handgun laws went into effect in a county murders fell by 85 percent and rapes and aggravated assaults fell by 5 and 7 percent
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