In America, gun control is one of the most hotly debated issues currently. Although President Trump is a Republican, our Constitutional rights have been and continue to be threatened by lawmakers.

These are my answers to common statements I receive about gun control.

“No one needs 30 or more rounds to kill a deer or turkey.”

That statement is 100% true. It only takes a few shots to kill a wild animal, but we must first understand the purpose of the Second Amendment before we rush to conclusions. Simply put, the Founding Fathers did not draft the amendment to protect us from wild animals; actually, we were given the right to protect us from our own government. By allowing the citizens to have similar weapons as the people in power, it guarantees that no abuse of power or tyranny will happen.

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“We should not get rid of all guns, but we should make it extremely difficult for people to get them.”

Since owning a gun is a Constitutional right, bestowed upon us by the Founding Fathers, all non-convicted and stable citizens should have the ability to own a gun. They made it extremely clear when drafting the Bill of Rights: “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The word ‘infringed’ means “to encroach upon in any way”, according the Merriam Webster.

“But gun control is so successful.”

False. In fact, Washington D.C. has the strictest gun control in the country but is still plagued as one of the most dangerous places. Also, the Crime Research Prevention Center concluded that 99% of mass shootings “have occurred in gun-free zones.”

According to the University of Chicago’s Bill Landes, “right-to-carry laws reduced both the frequency and the severity of mass public shootings; and to the extent to which mass shootings still occurred, they took place in those tiny areas in the states where permitted concealed handguns were not allowed.”

The Center for Disease Control also concluded that when a 56% increase of gun ownership occurred, gun violence declined by more than 50%. This proves that in the grand scheme of things, guns save lives!

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“The Founding Fathers never expected to have such powerful guns in the hands of civilians.”

This is the most common one that I hear. In reality, the first machine gun was invented in 1718, almost a century before the Bill of Rights was written. This disproves the fact that the Founding Fathers only expected citizens to have muskets.

The entire purpose of the Constitution was to stand the test of time. And, although some adjustments have been made through amendments, the structure has remained the same. If you believe that the Founding Fathers did not want us to exercise our rights in this current era, you should probably not be able to express your freedom of speech on Twitter, right?

Overall, major gun control reform would require a Constitutional amendment due to the fact that the new policy would contradict the current Second Amendment. 

I believe that the gun control measures that are currently in place including the virtual outlawing of automatic weapons is enough government overreach and further policies should not be put in place until more research is done. From what we have seen in cities such as D.C. and Chicago, guns save lives.

Dear government,

Stop trying to take out guns.

Sincerely,

America

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Nate is a student at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He is an avid follower of politics and is majoring in Finance. Email him at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

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