By Bo Jungers
Seeley-Swan High School, Grade 11 

Gun Control

 

Bo Jungers

I believe, as our founding fathers did, that it is not a privilege but a right to own and bear arms. In our world today there are so many crimes and violent acts being committed that people are asking why.

Some people say it is the gun's fault. This statement is untrue. The gun is merely a tool used by people to commit a crime and, yes, guns are the easiest tool to kill with because that is what they are designed for. There are many gun uses such as hunting, protecting your house and family from wild animals or people, protecting yourself or simply having a good time with your friends at the range.

I have hunted for as long as I can remember, and I'm sure most of you have too. It is one of the things my life revolves around; it puts food on the table and helps me clear my mind. Hunting has been passed down in my family from generation to generation. I plan to keep hunting for my family and I plan on teaching my children how to hunt.

The second amendment needs to be protected by any means necessary. There are many counter arguments that say that the second amendment needs to be abolished. I assure you, that it does not.

The biggest counter argument is that if we take away or put restrictions on guns it will make us safer. There has been no evidence to support this claim, it is just based on inference.

The NRA shared the following fact: In 1982, Keenness, Georgia passed a law requiring each household to own at least one firearm. That year the crime rate dropped 89 percent and it is still one of the safest places in America.

It would be ironic if not 34 years later we took away their guns that made this place safe. Some people say there are a lot of crimes going on that involve guns, so of course if we take away guns or limit the guns that means the crimes will stop happening.


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Some people also say if we shorten the clip size then they won't be able to kill as many people because they will only have a five-round clip instead of a 10-round clip.

The thing is that if you take away guns, crimes will still happen, because it's not the gun that's crazy and out at night shooting people. The gun doesn't have a brain, it's a tool not a human. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. It doesn't matter if people who are going to commit a crime have a shorter clip, they can just as easily put in another clip and keep shooting.

We need to stop focusing on controlling the wrong thing. We need to start controlling people who are committing these crimes.

Just because someone kills a couple of innocent people with a car, it doesn't mean that we need to outlaw cars, does it? And just because weed and other illegal drugs aren't sold in stores and shops doesn't mean they don't exist.

If you take away guns the only people who will be affected are the law-abiding citizens. Criminals will always find a way to get ahold of what they need to kill.

Banning guns will not stop gun violence or decrease crime, period. A gun is just a tool, there's nothing else to it. We need to focus on the real problem. Being able to own a gun is a right and it absolutely needs to stay that way.

 

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