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The Right To Keep And Bear Arms - Student Essay

By Anonymous 14-yr old writing her essay for 8th grade English class

In 1791, the founders of the United States wrote, "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." This is the Second Amendment, guaranteeing American citizens the right to self-protection and safety. Society is safer when people carry guns because it gives citizens the ability to protect themselves from threats like criminals, such as violent intruders and attackers, as well as violent shooters.

People should be able to carry firearms because your most fundamental right is your right to defend your life, and guns help secure that. More than 200 years ago, our founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, guaranteeing that, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Even the founding fathers understood that having the means to defend yourself was necessary as a part of a free society. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment specifically protects Americans' right to own a handgun for protection. This means that any American citizen has the right to defend themselves. Wayne Lapierre, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) stated,"Self-defense is our birthright. Firearms secure that birthright." Everyone has the right to defend themselves, and guns help protect that right.

For example, guns make women safer by allowing them to defend themselves from violent attackers. Armed with a gun, a woman can have advantage over any attacker. Armed women can protect themselves from attackers and fight back without a chance of getting hurt. The article, Testimony of Gayle S. Trotter, admitted that, "Over 90% of violent crimes occur without a firearm." This is because attackers use their size and physical strength to prey on women who are at a severe disadvantage. Since most violent attackers don't use guns, an armed woman has a great advantage over her assailant, making guns the great equalizer. Some people say that there are other ways women can defend themselves without using a gun. One example is mace, or pepper spray. However, a woman armed with mace would need the proximity of a hand-to-hand struggle, which would not be necessary if she had a firearm. Therefore, guns are a more reliable means of defense. To take a case in point, a woman from Dora, Alabama, who defended herself and her family against a 25-year-old intruder in her home with a firearm says, "There's so much talk about banning guns and gun control, but they're for protection. There was no way I could have fought him off." Guns keep women safe by giving them a means to defend themselves.

It is most important to understand that gun-control laws take away the protection of the people by disarming only the law-abiding citizens. The article, Testimony of Gayle S. Trotter, says, "Anti-gun legislation keeps guns away from the sane and law-abiding, but it does not keep guns out of the hands of criminals." This is because gun regulation affects only the guns of the law-abiding. Criminals will not be bound by such gestures because criminals don't listen to the law. More than 20,000 anti-gun laws are in effect throughout the United States. These laws don't do anything to help lessen violent crime. Wayne Lapierre, the CEO of the N.R.A., argues that, "All anti-gun laws do is put the innocent at the mercy of the lawless." In addition, President Barack Obama announced in 2013, "No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society." Even the president of the United States understands that gun laws do not affect violent criminals. Despite this, gun control advocates say the recent shootings prove that the nation's gun laws are too weak. However, nearly all mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. This is because violent shooters know that people in gun-free zones are not armed, meaning they don't have an efficient means to protect themselves. For instance, in 1976, Washington D.C. outlawed handguns, even for self-defense in homes. After that, armed crime skyrocketed, earning the nation's capital the shameful nickname, the "Murder Capital." Violent crimes occur the most in places with the toughest gun control laws because, as the article Testimony says, "These laws make easy targets of the sane and law-abiding." All anti-gun laws do is put citizens in danger by disarming them.

It is clear, then, that all Americans have the right to defend themselves. Guns are the most reliable means of defense, and give citizens the ability to protect themselves from violent attackers and fight back without a chance of getting hurt. All anti-gun laws do is take away the protection of citizens by disarming them, putting them in danger. As President Barack Obama said, "No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society." Therefore, society is safer when people carry guns because it gives citizens the ability to protect themselves from violent attacks.

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