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The Battle for Gun Control Jason Reifschneider March 8 1999 The Battle for Gun Control The United States of America has the highest rate of gun-related deaths of any nations in the world and yet has some of the most liberal policies of gun control Very few laws exist that limit the sale or trade of guns Controversy surrounds this issue with both sides touting statistics and surveys to support their case However the issue of gun-control regulations has not been resolved Gun-control laws have regulated gun buying power and yet has not provided clear proof of any kind of crime reduction Americans have the right to bear arms as the Second Amendment states This is a right an undeniable privilege When the constitution was created it was a symbolic gesture The amendments created were to be the foundations of a great society they were the desires and wants of this new country The Second Amendment was one of these desires It states that all Americans have the right to bear arms a right to own guns It says nothing about how this right should be hindered by control laws A group that declares itself a defender of this amendment is the National Rifle Association NRA The NRA drapes itself with the Second Amendment using it as a cover-all for their beliefs The NRA is Americas biggest opponent of gun control Their motto Guns dont kill people people kill people They oppose gun control on the basis that it restricts a Constitutional right that every American need protected Guns are legal easy to buy and basically quite cheap They can be bought anywhere From the neighborhood Wal-Mart to the secondary black-market Americans love their guns We have obsession with guns 71 of Americans own a gun National Safety Council 1995 Guns are a symbol of strength masculinity an undeniable power But does our love and popularity of
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