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all that has happened in the this country over the past few years the issue of
gun control has become more prevalent than ever in our nation. The debate over
whether or not the people of this nation have the right to own and bear arms is
spreading across the nation. This right has been given to its people by the
founders of our great nation through the Second Amendment “A well regulated
militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the
people to keep and bare Arms shall not be infringed” (Constitution of the
United States). This right is being attacked all throughout the nation and
especially on our schools campuses where the people need the right to defend
themselves just as much as anywhere.
Our school campuses in this nation
have typically been gun free zones. Anybody who isn’t specifically governed by
the US Government to carry a firearm has been allowed to. This means those who have
legally achieved concealed and carry permits, and those who legally own
firearms aren’t even allowed to possess these weapons through the buildings and
facilities of the campuses (Bouffard). Throughout the history of this nation
and especially in the past decade there has problem with shooting on school
campuses. Whether it be the Viginia Tech massacre in which 32 were killed and
17 more injured, or the more recent Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in
which 26 died, including children (Bennett, Kraft, Grubb). These gun free zones
created huge targets for these murderers who committed crimes. Seung-Hui Cho
was even known to have targeted Virginia Tech as opposed to any other location
because he knew that it was a gun free campus. He knew the police response
wouldn’t be quick enough to stop him in time (Bennett, Kraft, Grubb). He knew
that the people there were disarmed of their Second Amendment right and nobody
could stop him before he had the time to do what he wanted.
This is why I argue that our nation needs to change.
These gun free zones on college campus are hurting its people and leaving us
vulnerable to more and more attacks just like this. Many anti-gun supporters
argue against the saying “more guns means more crime”, but this has no factual background
(Birnbaum). Studies on trends in number of guns in circulation verses the total
violent crime rates actually contradict this argument (Bouffard). Schools all
across the nation have started to see the need for change. There have been
grade schools arming select teachers, and colleges such as the Universtiy of
Utah have gone as far as to lift the ban on firearms and have allowed guns to
be carried all throughout campuses legally with great results so far at these
locations (Bouffard). So, why should we continue to keep guns out of the hands
of those who need the right to defend themselves? School campuses are a
dangerous place and the people of this nation have to right to defend
themselves if they choose.