Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Guns - Pro-Control and Anti-Control

"When we got organized as a country, [and] wrote a fairly radical Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly .... When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it."
[Bill Clinton]

PRO-GUN CONTROL WEBSITE --> http://www.buzzle.com/articles/arguments-for-gun-control.html

This site does not have a lot of text however it does talk about exactly what I was interested in hearing about, "Pro-Gun Control". It starts by actually talking of the laws relating to gun control and then goes on to Arguments For Gun Control. An important point that the site makes is:

"Even though there are several reasons for gun control implementation, almost all of them revolve around the single basic concept - safety of individuals. Those in favor of gun control are of the opinion that implementing it would reduce the number of firearms related accidents. A look at gun control facts reveals that approximately 10,000 people bear the brunt of firearm related accidents annually in United States alone".

This point basically sums up the entire Pro-Gun Control "fight". It is showing us the magnitude of gun-related accidents with figures (aprox 10,000 people) in the United States alone. This figure shows us that gun control is needed and, more importantly, needs to be better enforced. The number may not be as high as it could be but it definitely could be even lower.

" ... the right to defend one's home and one's person when attacked has been guaranteed through the ages by common law."
[Martin Luther King]

ANTI-GUN CONTROL WEBSITE --> http://www.edubook.com/common-arguments-against-gun-control/6831/

This website debates whether or not gun control is a positive or negative thing but mainly focuses on being against gun control. It is argued that everyone has the right to posses fire-arms as it was written in the Bill Of Rights as the "right to bear arms". This "right" has caused many arguments and much conflict in the world of guns and warfare. The above site is very interesting and useful in the discussion of anti-gun control as it is to-the-point by only saying what is needing to be said about the subject matter as well as posing rhetorical questions to the reader which causes the reader to even think about it in more detail and come up with their own ideas. A useful point that the site raises is the fact that:

"in the enforcement of gun control regulations, this right is infringed upon and that we the American people are entitled to it."


"One common argument is that we should be able to protect ourselves with guns. True enough, handguns do offer a sense of security unlike any other. Handguns allow us to arm ourselves and make us less vulnerable to crime. This argument against gun control is often the double edged sword that is the revolving premise of this debate. One question often answers the other. However that answer is often posed as another question."

This website also asks the two main questions that the majority of anti-gun control believers ask:

"Should we be allowed to protect ourselves?"


"Should we be allowed to protect our families?"

These are the two most important questions and the main reason for people to even think of questioning gun control.

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