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Against Gun Control

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Nicole Leonhardt

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of Against Gun Control

"Guns Don't Kill People...
People Kill People"

Gun Control:
An Overview

Gun control: any action taken by the federal government or by state or local governments to regulate, through legislation, the sale, purchase, safety, and use of handguns and other types of firearms by individual citizens.
Further Gun Control Will Not Reduce Homicides or Suicide Rates
American Citizens are Guaranteed the Right to Bear Arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
"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."
Further limitations on gun control should not be enacted; they do not effectively prevent crime or death rate and are an infringement of American rights.
My Argument :
Proposed Restrictions: background checks and waiting periods for individuals who want to purchase a firearm, regulation of secondary market sales, mandatory child-safety locks, child-access prevention laws, concealment laws, bans on small and lightweight guns, and the 1994 ban on assault weapons
(or semi-automatic riffles).
This image depicts the unfortunate truth that laws prohibiting guns will merely disarm law-abiding citizens. Meanwhile, criminals who disregarded gun laws then will continue their poor habits.
Further Limitations on Gun Control in Effect

- National Riffle Association
Further Gun Control Will Not Prevent Crime


Benjamin Franklin
"They who can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"
Since car accidents can kill more people than firearms every year, why don't we ban cars?
U.S. Death Rates In 2010 :
It would just result in fewer suicides by firearm

People will find other means of suicide just as criminals will continue to break the law and illegally purchase blackmarket guns

The nation should be interested in solutions that reduce the total number of suicides, not those that just prevent one method
Strong Counterpoint Statistics:
To Conclude . . .
Further limitations on gun control should not be enacted considering . . .
Gun Control Does Not Prevent Crime
Gun Control Does Not Save Lives
Gun control is an infringement of the American right to bear arms, guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
There are already thousands of gun regulations today, and they DO NOT WORK. We don't need more laws, we simply need to enforce the ones we have.
Closing Statements,
The cause of mass shootings isn’t guns; it is mental health. “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people."
People want to blame and ban the 30 round gun magazines and semi-automatic rifles, however, what we really want to ban is the murder and violence and insanity of the individuals behind the gun.
There are many reasons for crime other than gun availability. In terms of "Gun Control," guns are not the issue... control is!
The Second Amendment Remains Relevant
Gun advocates interpret the term 'well-regulated militia' as any American trained in the use of firearms

The bill of rights as a whole was meant to protect individual liberties of citizens; therefore militia is referring to the people and not 'an organized army under government control' (An informal citizens militia)

The Supreme Court supports an individual-rights interpretation
Gun abolitionists threaten rights under the Constitution, which has been overthrown before. For instance, the Fourth Amendment regarding unreasonable search and seizure by the government has been infringed upon by the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance program (domestic spying program) to monitor our phone calls and various internet exchanges.
Canada is often cited as a country with significant gun ownership rates but low gun violence rates.
Gun control laws only affect legal sales
80% of firearms used in crimes are traded through illegal or unregulated means
Stricter laws enforced on legal markets will ensure that only criminals have access to guns
From 1977-2005, states that passed concealed-carry laws saw a reduction of 20% in their rates of murder, rape by 14%, aggravated assault by 13% and robbery by 6%
Firearms potentially prevent anywhere from 800,000 to over 2 million violent crimes every year
requires the licensing of interstate gun dealers, who must record their sales.
Spurred by the bloody “Tommy gun” era ushered in by Al Capone, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde
1938: National Firearms Act
Spurred by the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
1968: Crime Control and Safe Streets Act & the Gun Control Act
Firearm Owners Protection Act
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act
Still a highly debated subject today...
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