For any firearms enthusiast, the 2nd Amendment is very precious to us. Not that it’s more important than any other Amendment to the Constitution, but it’s one of the most debated in recent memory. There are a number of articles on this site that cover the 2nd Amendment and we’re always looking for comments and insights from our readers. I often have conversations on the topic with friends and family. I come from a big family and extended family – 15 nieces and nephews, dozens of cousins and second cousins – so there’s a lot of opinions. One of my young relatives, 14 year-old Zack recently shared a paper he had to write for school. The assignment was to write an “argumentative essay” on a often debated topic. When I read his essay I was proud of him – for both his stand and his writing skills. I asked him if he would mind if I shared it on this website and he was happy to oblige. So, here is his perspective on the 2nd Amendment:
I think that the 2nd Amendment should not be banned, because guns save lives everyday, it is our constitutional right to own guns and if guns were not only legalized but encouraged America would be a safer place.
Civilians that own guns and guns in general save lives everyday. Guns are used 2.5 million times a year for self defense, Law abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves 2.5 million times every year.(Page 1 Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives) If you ban guns what good will that do? It will just get those 2.5 million people every year either hurt or killed, because they don’t have a good thing to protect themselves with. Think about that.
Civilians who own guns kill more crooks then cops do 1,567 to 606.(Page 1 Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives) that means when the cops can’t get there in time or things are escalating more quickly than they can handle you can protect yourself,and your family from harm. If you took that away people, good people will die. ⅗ felons polled agreed that a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun.(Page 1 Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives) this means that just owning a gun can save a life, you might not even have to use it.If guns were not only legalized but encouraged America would be a safer place. States which passed a concealed carry law reduced their murder rates by 8.5% (Page 1 Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives) This shows that if concealed carry laws were passed everywhere murder rates would go down and America would be safer. Approximately 1,570 murders 4,177 rapes 60,000 assaults and over 11,000 robberies are stopped each year if concealed carry laws are passed. (Page 1 Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives) I think that those are some pretty amazing stats because all of those people are getting saved and it’s making the crime rate drop, so all in all it’s making America safer if guns are not banned.
The Constitution has been around for hundreds of years and so many things have been changed but one of the things that has been around since it was first created was the 2nd Amendment: The right to bear arms. The Second Amendment protects an individual right that existed before the creation of any government. The Declaration of Independence made clear that all human beings are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that governments are created to protect those rights.(The Six Things Americans Should Know about the Second Amendment by Richard W. Stevens) So this means that we have a right to own guns why should it change now? obviously they put it in their for a reason and it should be kept there.
I realize some people may disagree with me and they say guns are the issue and they cause all of the mass shootings, but you can’t blame all of the things that make up a mass shooting on the guns. The main reason for the mass shootings is because of the person doing it, and whether they have a mental disability or they have something else going on with them you can’t just blame guns for every bad thing someone does. and you can’t blame guns for all the worlds problems.
So in conclusion i strongly believe that the Second Amendment should not be banned because, guns save lives everyday, if we not only legalize but encourage guns, America would be a safer place. and it is our constitutional right to bear arms.
1 – “The six things Americans should know about the Second Amendment.” 2008. 24 Mar. 2014 <http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/six-about-2nd.htm>
2 – “The six things Americans should know about the Second Amendment.” 2008. 24 Mar. 2014 <http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/six-about-2nd.htm>