Gun Control Argumentative Essay by cee-cee

Gun Control
Presents the argument that in the 21st century, the US legislature should make the ability to bear arms a privilege instead of a right.
# 108739 | 4,642 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2008 in Hot Topics (Gun Control) , Criminology (General)

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This paper makes the argument that the time has come for the US legislature to do away with anachronistic laws that support a dubious "gun culture", which is an aberration in a modern, developed society, and that the ability to bear arms should be a privilege instead of a right in the 21st century. The paper begins by tracing the origins of the "gun culture" in America and then presents the history and interpretation of the Second Amendment, which supposedly gives the right of bearing arms to the citizens. Next, the paper reviews both sides of the argument for and against gun control, and then presents arguments in favor of making laws that would make the bearing of arms in the 21st century a privilege instead of a right.

Origins of the American "Gun Culture"
The Second Amendment, its Background and Interpretation
Supreme Court's Interpretation of the Second Amendment
Does the Proliferation of Guns Promote Crime and Violence?
The Economic Cost of Gun Violence
Public Opinion about Gun Control
Reasons Why More Stringent Gun-Control Measures are Still not in Place?

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Economic Costs of Gun Violence." Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Updated 4/17/07. October 31, 2007. <>
  • "Firearm Facts." Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Updated 4/18/07. October 31, 2007. <>
  • "An interview with John R. Lott, Jr." University of Chicago Website. 2000. October 31, 2007. <>
  • "The Second Amendment." Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2007. October 31, 2007. <>
  • Smith, Tom W. "Public Opinion about Gun Policies." The Future of Children 12.2 (2002): 155-163.

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