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Americans are faced with an ever-growing problem of violence Our streets have become a battleground where the elderly are beaten for their social security checks where terrified women are viciously attacked and raped Each day teenage gangsters shoot it out for a patch of turf to sell their illegal drugs and where innocent children are caught daily in the crossfire of drive-by shootings We cannot ignore the damage that these criminals are doing to our society and we must take actions to stop these horrors However the efforts by some misguided individuals to eliminate the legal ownership of firearms does not address the real problem at hand and simply disarms the innocent law-abiding citizens who are most in need of a form of self-defense To fully understand the reasons behind the gun control efforts we must look at the history of our country and the role firearms have played in it The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States makes firearm ownership legal in this country There were good reasons for this freedom reasons which persist today Firearms in the new world were used initially for hunting and occasionally for self-defense However when the colonist felt that the burden of British oppression was too much for them to bear they picked up their personal firearms and went to war Standing against the British armies these rebels found themselves opposed by the greatest military force in the world at that time The founding fathers of the country understood that an armed populace aided in fighting off oppression They made the right to keep and bear arms a constitutionally guaranteed right Thomas Jefferson said in the draft of the Virginia Constitution No man shall ever be debarred the use of armsn pag To day Congress claiming that they want to take guns out of the hands of criminals have worked to pass legislation that would take the guns out of the
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