American Gun Restrictions

Recent gun violence raises concerns among U.S. citizens.

Nathen Carney, Junior writer

With a recent spike in gun violence in the U.S., the question of whether guns should be illegal or not is back in the hot seat.

Guns absolutely need to be available for U.S. citizens with no doubt in my mind about it. This is seen in the United States Constitution Second Amendment known as the right to bear arms states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The second half of the amendment states, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In other words this amendment says the citizens of America have the right to carry and have a weapon of defense, and that this freedom can not be taken from U.S. citizens. Recent events in America have caused many politicians mostly of the democratic party to develop and fight for a gun reform and some are even requesting a ban on guns.

On February 14 there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school. The shooter was an 18 year old student who used an AR-15. The shooter had multiple psychological testing done that led to the discovery of this young man being mentally unstable. This then lead to numerous other children and young adults bringing weapons to school and many other kids thinking it was cool as they made social media and written threats towards there schools. This is what has caused many politicians and Americans that are uneducated on the topic to just protest for a ban on guns. The problem is not the guns or other weapons but the person behind them.

If someone is driving a car and they are going 30 mph in a 15 mph school zone and hit a child crossing the road you’re not going to blame the car for hitting the child you will blame the person driving it. So if you don’t blame a car for breaking the law and crashing, then why blame a gun for killing someone when the person in control of it loaded, aimed it, and pulled the trigger to fire the bullet?

The legal age in America to purchase a gun is 18 years old. When people turn 17 they are an adult when charged under the law, and are officially considered an adult at 18 years of age. If you are an adult at 18, you should have the right to carry a firearm as self-defense. However more restrictions and more in depth background checks should be practiced in the gun purchasing process. This would help keep firearms out of the mentally unstable people who will not use it for defense but in a potentially harmful way to society.

America is going through a very rough time due to terrorism, social media, and mass shootings constantly causing national disaster. This does not mean guns should be taken away. This means more people should be trained for self-defense and armed and firearms are taken out the hands of the psychologically ill people. Guns aren’t bad it’s just who is controlling the weapon that can decide what it will do when and where. The Second Amendment should remain apart of American’s daily life and you should stay aware and ready to defend yourself and loved ones at a moments notice.

If we want to support and help defend our troops, country, and families the second amendment is the answer to doing that. If the Second Amendment isn’t in place the people who attempt to attack with a firearm will just have an easier job.