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Killing Constitution to Save Lives?

Photo Credit: New York Daily News

Photo Credit: New York Daily News

In present day America, the government desires to restrict the second amendment for the future prevention of public shootings. The effectiveness of this action is questionable and can potentially cause more damage than save innocent lives. With all the media coverage and numerous debates between political parties it is undeniable that gun control is a major topic in modern-day America. The recent shootings in the nation have made gun laws a priority by the democrats as seen in President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address. Democrats feel as though if there were some limits on guns, there would be less shootings in our nation. Republicans on the other hand generally support the second amendment and the right to bear arms. Personally, I believe that just because the limits on guns increase, it does not reduce the number of the mentally ill people in the nation who take the lives of innocent civilians. There is no logical mathematical formula to try to reduce the number of people killed by the hands of the violent mentally ill. If the insanity of a person is so far gone to desire to kill people, they will find a way whether it be by gun or by hand.

If the democrats succeeded in persuading the country to vote in favor of gun control, the second amendment would go against the people’s rights. The second amendment protects the right of all American’s to keep and bear arms; it provides American’s protection and guarantees a constitutional way of defense. A recent post on the New York Times revealed the thoughts of the people who only view guns as an offensive weapon and as a danger to the public. Senator Christopher Murphy, a democrat of Connecticut “is haunted” by the tragedy that recently occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. As a democrat of a state that just witnessed a terrible event, he proposed limitations on the bullets in a magazine. He supports this idea with the thought that “amateurs have trouble switching between magazines,” thinking that the interval of time between switching magazines can potentially provide the critical time needed to disarm the gunman. Influential lawmakers of both political parties have shown openness to this idea of limitations on the magazines. The lawmakers open to this idea all agree that there is a “difference between limits on magazine size and assault weapons ban;” Senator Angus King Jr. of Maine states that “it is the difference between appearance and functionality.” The idea of magazine limits has been appealing for many Senate Democrats up for re-election in the states that generally support gun rights. These Senate Democrats are torn over whether “a restriction on ammunition erodes the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” or is a “mild annoyance for those owners in the name of public safety.”

Photo Credit: ABC News

Photo Credit: ABC News

A restriction on the size of magazines seems to be a logical solution to resolve the debate on gun control. The gun-supporting Republicans are able to still keep their firearms and the gun-restricting Democrats are able to feel as though they are sparring lives. A restriction on ammunition does not contradict the second amendment because the second amendment states it is the “right of the people to keep and bear arms,” it states nothing on the idea of ammunition. With ammunition laws, lives can potentially be spared and the second amendment can be preserved. Ammunition control as opposed to gun control serves as the bipartisan answer to help the nation agree on a solution.

The recent discussions about current events in government class this year have persuaded me to form my own ideas and propose possible solutions that would appeal to both political parties. The events in the country have furthered my knowledge on the course material being taught in class by seeing the actions of the government and understanding the reasoning behind the actions made by the politicians.

  1. govnicoleh
    February 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Good post Alienor! Your post seemed to flow really well and your argument was clear and solid. I did notice this one sentence, “If the democrats succeeded in persuading the country to vote in favor of gun control, the second amendment would go against the people’s rights” sounded a bit awkward. You might want to add in some more links, but other than that good post!

  2. February 23, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Nicely done Alienor! You did a good job coming up with a solution and presenting your personal opinion and why you feel that way. I really don’t have any corrections, but maybe add in a story or reference where your solution would have come in to play. Really well written, great job!

  3. February 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    This was a really good essay. You did a great job and bringing the reader in with your title. I dont have anything to correct you on i think you did everything really well, there may be some grammar errors but nothing i found! Great job!

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