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Your Right to Guns (Pro)

Preston Thompson

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I will start this article by stating that I am an outsider to the world of firearms. I do not currently own any guns nor have I ever gone hunting. I have fired a gun before and understand the basic safety requirements of these weapons which I feel gives me a unique perspective on the issue. The dangers of guns are apparent and are seen as a threat by many because of this but the utility and purpose of firearms is something that often overlooked by people who merely see them as weapons that can harm. 22% of Americans own at least 1 firearm. They own these weapons for many different reasons and many are so involved that it has its own culture creating a lifestyle for many. They are not a small amount that can easily be pushed by those with an opposing agenda.

Gun control is a controversial topic that has been dominating the news and caused a recent conflict in public opinion. It is the idea of regulations on the market and the products by banning certain firearms and placing limitations on the guns.  It is intended to prevent them from falling into the hands of criminals and individuals with malicious intentions. Many are against any kind of restrictions on firearms because of a fear of further aggressive legislations taking even more of their rights. Although I support background checks and better vetting which could stop the dangerous buyers, I am against the taking of people’s rights and freedoms. If they are responsible owners and show no danger themselves or others then they should have ever right to own and use these tools in whatever way they want such as hunting or self-defense.

No matter the form, guns are still just tools that are used. How they are used by some is what leads to so much contention. The most important factor for a tool is the owner. A responsible owner is a must. Firearms are powerful tools that can easily be used by anyone but only be used well by someone with experience or training.  Many courses are offered to promote safety and prevent the misuse of these tools. These classes teach both the young and the old which make them vital for a responsible owner. I support any way of life as long as it pushes for safety and does not promote the idea of violence towards your fellow man.

(Editor’s note: Read Kayla Hodge’s opposing viewpoint, here: Click here.)

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