Guns

Gun, Drugs, Murder



Since the days of the pioneers, firearms

have been part of the American tradition as protection and a means of

hunting or sport. As we near the end of the 20th century the use of guns

has changed significantly. Because of fast and steady increase in crime

and the fight for the right to own a hand gun, the introduction of

legislation for gun control, to try to reduce the crime in the United

States, has been a hotly debated issue in recent years.



Although many people feel that gun control violates the right of the

people, given in the second amendment "the right to bear arms", controlling

distribution and sales and the registration of guns and gun owners is

necessary because of the homicide rate involving guns and the violence by

criminals using guns.



Many people feel that gun control violates the right of the people

given in the second amendment the right "to bear arms". Opponents of gun

control, including the National Rifle Association, better known as the NRA,

argue that the "right To bear arms" is guaranteed in the second amendment

of the Constitution of the United States of America and licensing

restrictions penalize law-abiding citizens while in no way preventing

criminal use of handguns. It is also argued that by making it difficult

for guns to be bought and registered for the American public there is a

threat to the personal safety of American families everywhere.



However controlling the sale and distribution of firearms is

necessary because of the homicide rate involving guns. In 1988 there were

9000 handgun related murders in America. Metropolitan centers and some

suburban communities of America are setting new records for homicides by

handguns. Larger Metropolitan centers have ten times the murder rate of all

Western Europe. For example in Washington,D.C. there was an estimated 400

homicides including guns.



In addition gun control has been seen as necessary because of the

violence by criminals using guns. Gun control is wrapped in a series of

social issues such as crime and drugs. Guns have become closely linked to

drugs and murder in the public mind. Drug dealing and high tech weaponry

have escalated the warfare in cities between long established loosely knit

gangs. Predominantly guns of crime are used by gang members. Many police

officers are killed every year due to drug and gang related incidents

involving guns. For example in 1988 on February 26 rookie New York City

police officer Edward Byre was sitting alone in his police car guarding the

house of a drug trial witness in South Jamaica, Queens where he was shot

four times in the head and killed.



In conclusion there are valid reasons for why certain people feel

that gun control is unfair. People against gun control feel that it is a

violation of the Constitution to control the sale and distribution and the

registration of guns and gun owners. But it is necessary for there to be

certain limits on the way that firearms are handled in this country because

of the homicide rate involving guns and because of the violence created by

criminals using guns. If gun control legislation were to go through there

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