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The issue of gun control is a hot topic in todays world from the streets to the judicial courts On one side are left wing pacifists mothers scared for their children and those who believe that as a progressive society we should dispose of machines that allow their users to end the life of anybody anywhere instantly Opposing them are right wing warmongers those who use guns for recreational activities mothers desiring a way to protect their children and those who believe that in this progressive society nobody should be denied the right to arm themselves Two hundred and twenty-five years ago our nation had just identified itself as its own separate country We had furtively slipped through the fingers of our British proprietors and were terrified that they would make a crushing grab to reclaim us The newly born government had no way of creating an organized army or even of cataloging the residents of the United States of America to create a draft The best the founding fathers could do was to wait for groups of men to band together in militias and defend their homeland so in writing the Bill of Rights our leaders ensured that every citizen was allowed to possess arms Now it is the year 2002 There has not been an attack on our soil by soldiers on foot since the Mexican-American War in 1848 We have no need for militias sadly we can only pray for our military to protect us with their technological defenses such as missiles and other weapons of mass destruction Why do we still need guns It is particularly dangerous to allow any citizen to own a handgun Handguns are made specifically to kill people and most countries have realized the hazard these weapons pose Few first world countries allow their inhabitants to buy handguns In one year handguns killed 15 people in Japan 30 in Great Britain and 106 in Canada The
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