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Our_Boat_is_Right
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I'm Pro Gun: Change my Mind

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Started: 6/30/2018 Category: Politics
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Our_Boat_is_Right

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Gun control has been a hot topic lately, especially in the wake of recent mass shootings. The Second Amendment of the Constitution reads "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"[7]. It was designed for citizens to protect themselves from a potential tyrannical government, as well as self-defense uses. The Founding Fathers created it knowing that it could have been one of them. Many people believe that it is ridiculous to think that a government would attack its own people. But look at one of the most prevalent tyrants during World War II, Adolf Hitler. Before World War II, Germany banned guns. It would have been helpful if an armed populace, or at least those he persecuted, could have fought back against Hitler"s army. Currently, North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong Un impose a tyrannical regime on the country with guns banned there as well[10].
More cities are banning or attempting to ban guns these days like Deerfield, Illinois, but why? Many people think guns kill people, but the truth is people kill people. Evil people choose to misuse the tool. They are also misinformed about statistics, a common myth being that there would be fewer murders if there were no guns. Statistical evidence from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that in places guns were banned, such as England, Ireland, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., homicides went up or stayed the same[6]. The assault weapons ban during Bill Clinton"s presidency from 1994-2004 saw a decrease of 3 people getting murdered per 100,000 population, from 9-6. However, when it failed to get renewed in 2004, the murder rate has remained virtually unchanged since. Keep in mind this was only an assault weapons ban such as the AR-15 and AK-47, not any handguns or other guns.
This may be a surprise to some people, but guns save more lives than take them. There are over 2 million defensive gun uses annually, which is more than offensive gun uses[2]. On average, around 12,000 gun-related homicides occur every year, depending on the source. As stated by a Kleck-Gertz study, 15.7% of people who were involved in a DGU (Defensive Gun Use) said they almost certainly saved theirs or someone else"s life. In addition to that, another 14.6% said they probably saved a life. Since I want to be conservative with my numbers, let"s say that everyone who said they probably saved a life are wrong. According to an unpublished CDC study, there are 2.5 million DGUs per year[8]. Since they surveyed 222 participants, the margin of error with a 95% confidence level calculated to be plus or minus 4.8%. This signifies that at bare minimum 270,000 lives are saved by guns, up to over 500,000 just counting the "almost certainly people." If all the "probably" people are right, then that number goes beyond 800,000. Moreover, for every firearm homicide, at least 20-70 lives are saved by guns. If all gun deaths are counted, then 8-23 lives are saved per death[5].
Concealed carry holders, people who have permits to carry their gun in public, are extremely law abiding. There have been multiple instances in which a good guy with a gun has stopped a bad guy with a gun in Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and Oregon just to name a few[3]. Furthermore, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, concealed carry holders commit crimes 14% less than police officers[1]. According to FBI crime statistics, as more citizens conceal and carry, the more violent crime goes down. From the early 1990s to now, there has been around a 50% decrease in violent crime [http://www.gunfacts.info...], while concealed carry permits increase thousands of times yearly to the point where almost 2 million people have them currently[1]. This does not necessarily mean that it has gone down because of the concealed carry permits, because correlation does not mean causation in every circumstance. However, it is definitely proven that concealed carry does not increase violent crime, which is a common myth.
Mass shootings have been an extremely popular topic to discuss, with some people wanting to arm teachers with guns, and some that want to ban all or certain types of guns. Student activists that survived the Parkland shooting, a mass shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 people Valentine"s Day of 2018, have sparked multiple "March for our Lives" protests, a few being school walkouts, and others being organized protests generally in big cities such as San Francisco pushing a gun control agenda of some type. What President Trump proposed as a solution to mass shootings is arming some teachers with guns. It would only be teachers that conceal and carry, and they would go through an intense training course, claimed the President. It would only be around 2-4 teachers per school, and nobody would know which ones have guns. This way, schools are not advertised as gun-free zones, which possibly attracts the mass shooters because a vulnerable place with little to no protection could be an easy target. Mass shootings, defined as 4 or more people getting killed by guns, happened 96% of the time in gun-free zones (i.e. in places where people were not allowed to carry guns) in the past 20 years. That number increases to 98% if one includes all the mass shootings from 1950-present[9]. It appears that some sort of gun holder(s), even a security guard that would do its job properly, could have perhaps diminished the deadliness of the sinful acts committed towards innocent people.
To sum it up, the second amendment was made to arm the militia against a tyrannical government, and to protect an individual in the case of a home invasion, in public, etc. In most places guns were banned, murders increased. For every gun-related homicide, many more lives are saved by them. Concealed-carry laws do not increase violent crime or murder. Gun-free zones can be easy targets for mass shooters. Banning guns would be a risky choice for the betterment of America, but it is ultimately up to a government to decide if they are going to take that risk.

Works Cited
1. "Concealed Carry Statistics: Quick Facts by State (2017)." GunsToCarry. 2017. 30 Apr. 2018. https://www.gunstocarry.com....
2. "Firearm Use by Offenders." U.S. Department of Justice. 2002. 30 Apr. 2018. https://bjs.gov....
3. "Good Guys with Guns Saving Lives." Fox News. 2017. 30 Apr. 2018. http://www.foxnews.com....
4. "Gun Control Facts Concerning Concealed Carry." Gun Facts. 2018. 30 Apr. 2018. http://www.gunfacts.info....
5. "More Lives Are Saved by Defensive Gun Uses Than Taken by Criminal Gun Uses." The Truth About Guns. 2017. 30 Apr. 2018. http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com....
6. "Murder and Homicide Rates before and after Gun Bans." Crime Prevention Research Center. 2013. 30 Apr. 2018. https://crimeresearch.org...
7. "The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." National Constitution Center " The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 2018. Apr. 2018. https://constitutioncenter.org....
8. "Unpublished CDC Study Confirms More than 2 Million Defensive Handgun Uses Annually." Law Enforcement Today. 2018. 30 Apr. 2018. https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com....
9. "What Percentage Of Mass Shootings Happen In 'Gun Free Zones'? The Number Is Stunning." The Daily Wire. 2018. 30 Apr. 2018. https://www.dailywire.com....
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