Capitol Showdown: Should the federal government enact stricter gun control laws?
The National Rifle Association of America, NRA, was established in 1975. The Institute for Legislative Action, ILA, is the lobbying body of the NRA. Both associations believe in exercising their rights from the Second Amendment to the Constitution: “a well regulated Militia…security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
People use guns in order to protect themselves, correct? Is a gun the only way a person can kill another person? The simple answer is no.
Joe Biden may say we need stricter gun control laws, but guns are not the only way people can kill. Guns are needed for protection from other objects used to killed people. Making gun laws stricter will only make it harder for the “good” guys to obtain guns while making it still just as available for the “bad” guys to obtain guns and other lethal objects.
Realistically speaking, if a person wants to commit a murder, then stricter gun laws will not prevent them. A gun may be a weapon, but there are other weapons such as knifes that are capable of a taking a life. What about a mass murder? Do guns make it easy to kill many? Let’s put this into perspective. Lately, there have been many unfortunate events involving deaths of many children, students, and teachers at school shootings.
What if the shooter of these events knew that the administrators and teachers also had a weapon (gun) to protect themselves and foremost, their students? Would the shooter have been able to commit the mass murder?
The perspective and lesson out of the example is that “bad” people will always be able to obtain weapons, as addressed earlier. It is the “good” people that need to protect themselves from the corrupt society we live in.
If the federal government wants to enforce stricter gun laws, then they are only enforcing stricter laws for the “good” people. If the teachers and administrators had guns to protect themselves and their students, more lives would have been saved versus lost because of guns. The fact of the matter is that the society we live in cannot be dependent on the federal government for personal protection.
I do believe there should be laws set in place such as age and a screening test, but if a person is of age and can shoot a gun, without harming others, then the person should have every right to protect themselves from the murderers. Mass shootings and killings need to stop and it is time for the “good” people to make it more difficult for “bad” people to commit these shootings.
– Rachel Eldringhoff, Towson College Republicans