To Ban or Not to Ban Essay

977 Words Mar 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Dawn Branscombe
21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
March 20, 2016
Chip Hellman
To Ban or Not to Ban
With gun violence on the rise, some lawmakers have decided to argue for the banning of guns. (Vizzard, 2015) Over the years, there have been many arguments between citizens and lawmakers whether to ban guns or not. With mass shootings in Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, and Arizona in recent years, the argument has been brought back to the surface. However, still no gun control legislation has been passed (Vizzard, 2015). The second amendment states individuals have the right to bear arms (Sipf, 2015) protecting themselves from harm. The right to bear arms is a constitutional right; legally protecting oneself
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(Kim, 2013) With your own gun, you would be able to protect yourself, without your own gun there is a higher chance you could get hurt or even die. Walter Kim also states “horror and panic themselves are forms of violence, and diminishing them, restricting their dimensions is itself a civilizing act.” (Kim, 2013) With stricter gun laws or even the banning of guns, how would one protect themselves? Following the law as it is now, obtaining the proper license, filing the background check, and waiting the mandatory waiting period for the purchase of a gun should be enough. Although, there are people who do not follow the proper steps buying and selling guns, using guns in crimes and causes the problems for the people who have followed the proper steps. Those people are the criminals; it is not the gun, which is the criminal.
Being able to protect one’s self and their family should be the right of every living human. Protecting and harming are two different things entirely, being prepared, understanding how to use a gun, when to use a gun, those are things one needs to understand before owning a gun. Subtle changes in a gun owner’s reflexes and neural pathways happen over time like a heightened awareness. (Kim, 2013) Guns like the Bushmaster and similar military designed guns should be banned; however, guns similar to shotguns, and handguns should be

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