|A Pace Odyssey
As yet another shooting occurred this weekend, Americans ponder the age-old debate over gun control. We as students are the voice of the future of our country, and how we feel about certain issues such as gun control will determine how these problems are settled in the future. So, I know that this can be a touchy debate, but let’s discuss.
First off, should Americans even be able to own guns? And before all of my fellow hunters get worked up about that one, WHY should we be allowed to own guns? If we could not hunt, that would boost the economy by people buying more meat at the grocery store which in turn benefits the ranchers and farmers who provide the meat. In addition, if no one could own guns then the amount of shootings would go down simply because firearms would not be as easy to obtain.
But, outlawing guns infringes upon our “right to bear arms”, as described in the Second Amendment. I have grown up around firearms, they are a part of my family’s lifestyle and I love to hunt. Personally, I would protest very strongly against guns being outlawed. But, I see the points that others have made and do agree that regulations need to be put on owners. What type of regulations might be beneficial? Should civilians be allowed to own military-grade weapons? Should there be a limit on how many guns a person can own? Are background checks necessary?
To wrap this up, how can we ensure that the public is safe and still be guaranteed the rights that we are promised as citizens of this free country?