The use and ownership of guns in America is a controversial topic. Here are my views.
I believe that every person over the age of 18 without a serious criminal record should have access to a non-semi-automatic weapon.
The US constitution’s second Amendment 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. There is argument that this Amendment is not included as an individual right. However, the case of District of Columbia Vs Heller concluded that the Second Amendment did contain an individual right. Meaning that all individuals have a right to bear arms.
Every person should have a right to defend themselves. William Blackstone, an English Jurist and had a large influence on the drafters of the US constitution, concluded that self-defense was the “Primary law of nature” announcing that no man-made law could take this away. A controversial Law is the stand-your-ground law. This law states that no person has a duty to retreat in the face of threat or perceived threat. This law is a good law as it helps people to protect others. An example of the use of stand-your-ground laws is the 2006 Florida case of Lee County Justice vs Magillan shows us how the use of this law protected a civilian by killing a shooter. The accused was acquitted of murder under the stand-your-ground law. Without this law, many people may have been killed.
Guns may have the power to kill people but they themselves do not kill someone has to be the one to pull the trigger. We don’t need to restrict the guns we need to restrict the guns we need to restrict the people.