Persuasive essay against gun control. Explores past attempts and dangers of a disarmed people.

Essay by nanorooHigh School, 12th gradeA+, November 2003

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Should there be gun control? Do we the people need help from the government to set guidelines and bans out to keep us safe? If we did, would the prices we pay surmount the desired results. No, gun control is not a constitutionally sound device nor does it protect us. Gun control is not a new tool. In the past century it was used repeatedly by great rulers/dictators. However, these rulers used it as a tool to manipulate and de-power a nations people. Before Hitler took over and began his quest of racial cleansing, he banned guns from all citizens. Do you think that the stories of 2/3 of euro-jews being led to death like sheep would have been the same if they were armed? I do not. Mass gun control was also used by Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao Tse Tung to de-arm and put entire nations to sleep.

However, this could never happen to the United States. Our founding fathers foresaw this and enplaned a precautionary amendment into our constitution. Thomas Jefferson had one of the most intelligent views on gun control, he said Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. This is why we have a second amendment that gives us the right to bear arms. But have steps to violate this right already been put in motion? I think so. Waiting periods on buying guns are ridiculous. If someone who raped and beat you was getting out of jail, and that person promised to re-visit you, would you not like to aquire a gun the night you found out they had been paroled? I would. Also, should large and sophisticated...