Americans are faced with an ever-growing problem of violence.
Our streets have become a battleground where the elderly are
beaten for their social security checks, where terrified women are
viciously attacked and raped, where teen-age gangsters
shoot it out for a patch of turf to sell their illegal drugs, and
where innocent children are caught daily in the crossfire of drive-by
shootings. We cannot ignore the damage that these criminals are doing
to our society, and we must take actions to stop these
horrors. However, the effort by some misguided individuals to
eliminate the legal ownership of firearms does not address the
real problem at hand, and simply disarms the innocent law-abiding
citizens who are most in need of a form of self-defense.
To fully understand the reasons behind the gun control
efforts, we must look at the history of our country, and the role
firearms have played in it. The second amendment to the Constitution
of the United States makes firearm ownership legal in this country.
There were good reasons for this freedom, reasons which persist today.
Firearms in the new world were used initially for hunting, and
occasionally for self-defense. However, when the colonists felt that
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