Gun Control: It Doesn’t Work and Harms Innocent People

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When analyzing the facts, you come to a clear conclusion: gun control doesn’t work and the states that have the most restrictive laws are the ones that have the highest crime rates. 

The right to own a firearm is not only embedded in the very foundation of our country because the founding fathers believed in a right to hunt, but rather because we, as human beings, have a right to protect our own lives and property from those who wish only to harm us.

The right to own a firearm stems directly from the second amendment of the United States Constitution, which reads in its entirety: “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.” 

In 2008, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed in the landmark case, Washington D.C. v. Heller, your right to own a firearm as granted in the second amendment. Which both the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court both clearly acknowledge, that hasn’t stopped some politicians from attempting to circumvent the system and enact gun control legislation.

In states like New Jersey, obtaining a legal firearm is a hassle for law-abiding citizens, some having to wait over a year simply to receive a permit-to-purchase. Applying for a concealed carry license is wasteful as the state virtually bars average citizens from possessing a firearm when in the public. The laws are so strict, a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army was denied a permit to carry because he did not have a “justifiable need.”

Even with such strict gun control laws, New Jersey cities continue to rank some of the most dangerous cities to live in, which Newark, NJ ranked in the 6th spot for 33.8 murders for every 100,000 citizens in 2013.

While New Jersey isn’t the only state that has problems, cities like Chicago, Detroit, Jersey City, Camden, and many others in states where gun control laws are implemented, we have seen a steady rise in crime.

Our conclusion is simple: gun control laws really do not make law-abiding citizens safe. Even in “gun free zones” we have seen more shootings and crimes being committed than areas not deemed gun free zones.

When politicians bring up the idea of enacting gun control laws, you have to ask yourself, is this really making me safer? Unfortunately, no. You are entitled to protect yourself from does who wish to bring you harm and no politician should advocate for the removal of your right to do so.

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