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Gun politics in the United States

Gun politics is an area of American politics defined by two opposing groups advocating for tighter gun control on the one hand and gun rights on the other. These groups often disagree on the interpretation of laws and court cases related to firearms as well as about the effects of firearms regulation on crime and public safety. It has been estimated that U.S. civilians own 270 million to 310 million firearms, and that 35% to 42% of the households in the country have at least one gun.

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When people oppose gun control laws, I don't think they understand what it means. It doesn't mean your guns will be taken away nor does it mean you can't get anymore, it simply means it will be harder for mentally unstable people to obtain guns. Now, there are a few counter arguments to this (few is an understatement). I will address the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. One of the arguments is that it’s already hard to get guns. Oh, really? Have you ever tried getting a gun? Then you know it’s not hard if you’re a normal, law-abiding citizen. If you do think it’s hard, then you’re probably incredibly impatient. Purchasing a firearm as a stable citizen is perfectly legitimate. However, gun shows are where the problem lies. Under the table trades are prevalent there, especially in the south. Don’t believe me? Watch Colin Goddard’s “Living for 32” and then hopefully you’ll understand. A second argument is that the government has no right to meddle. This one is a doozy to me. They can’t meddle with your gun rights, but they can meddle with my rights as a woman to do what I want with my body? Please, the double standard is mind-blowing. I feel like this argument speaks for itself. Continuing on that, no the government has no right to take your guns, and guess what? They’re not trying to. The laws are to close any loopholes in the current system so malicious gun purchasers don’t slip through the cracks. Banning firearms completely won’t make crime disappear, but closing loopholes will keep guns out of the hands of certain criminals, for a while at least. This rolls into the next argument that gun control laws won’t affect crime rates. To a certain degree, I agree. Criminals will continue to get guns because let’s be honest, most, if not all, get their guns illegally. However, like I said, closing loopholes will keep guns out of the hands of certain criminals. At least until we develop a better solution to the black market trade of firearms. So next time you go to open your mouth and spew rhetoric about having your guns taken away, think about what you’re saying. Think about what you’re actually saying. Think about who you’re supporting. Then I hope you find a change of heart.

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15 year old Sarah Merkle pro-gun speech

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