Understanding The Different Sides To The Gun Ownership Argument In America

By Toby Tunwase

The possession of guns has been a long-standing issue in the United States, with arguments spread across both sides of the divide. However, at its core, it is an ideological divide between the rights of individuals to bear arms and the state’s role in providing for the needs of the public. 

It is also important to note that the argument is not necessarily about gun ownership. Still, it is about how much control should be placed by the government on the access and ownership of firearms by the citizens of America. 

This article gives a quick summary of some of the arguments posited by both sides.

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Arguments against Gun Control 

The immediate and most basic argument against gun control is rooted in the second amendment, which states that no one may be deprived of the right to keep and bear arms. One other argument that seems to be rooted in facts is that there are already so many gun-related regulations, and there appears to be no corresponding decrease in gun crime rates. Therefore, there is no proof that gun control limits gun violence. 

Arguments for Gun Control 

This other side argues against the second amendment that it applies to the state having the right to militias and not private individuals owning guns. Proponents of this side of the argument also state that nations with strict gun laws have fewer crimes; hence where there is a national will to control guns, the US will experience fewer gun crimes.