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Gun Control March

John Allen, of Worcester, Massachusetts (center), holds a placard defending Second Amendment rights near the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, Aug. 26, in Springfield, Massachusetts, along the planned route of a 50-mile march of protesters calling for gun law reforms.

Gun control would not be an effective way to cut down on crimes. Think about it — who is it that are using these guns the wrong way?

Most people would title these people as criminals. Criminals do whatever they want, not obeying the law. What makes you think, “Oh, let’s take everyone’s guns away. The criminals will definitely obey this law?” What you are actually doing is taking away good people’s ability to defend themselves in a case of emergency.

The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights is the right to bear arms. To be exact, it says that, “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 right to bear arms is as old as this country itself, so now we’re just supposed to overwrite that law?

The Founding Fathers put that law in there so that the free world would not have to live under tyranny again.

Gun control laws depend a lot on race. Current gun control laws are frequently aimed at inner city, poor, black communities who are perceived as more dangerous than white gun owners. Not everything is an Ice Cube movie.

Charles Gallagher, MA, PhD, the Chair of Sociology at LaSalle University, stated that some gun control laws are still founded on racial fears: “Whites walking down Main Street with an AK-47 are defenders of American values; a black man doing the same thing is Public Enemy No. 1.”

Gallagher also stated facts to support this idea: “The KKK began as a gun-control organization. Before the Civil War, blacks were never allowed to own guns. For that matter, in the ‘60s, there was constant pressure among white supremacy to keep guns out of the hands of blacks because others were afraid they would rise up and revolt.”

If more people knew about guns, there could be a lot of deaths stopped in the U.S. It’s a lot more complicated than just less guns, less crimes. If people knew enough about firearms and weapons in general, there could be less accidents that injure and kill people.

According to the CDC’s “leading cause of death” report from 1999-2015, guns only accounted for 1.3 percent of all deaths in the U.S. Cancer and heart disease top the list. Even poison is above gun deaths in the list.

The U.S. is 59th out of 145 countries in gun deaths. Number one in gun homicide is Honduras. Honduras is also number six in strictest gun laws out of those 145 countries. Take a place like Brazil, for example, more people die from knives, bombs and being ran over than people die from gun violence.

Even if we take guns away from society, harmful individuals will still find ways to injure others. There are bad people in this world, and taking away one of their weapons won’t stop them from hurting the innocent. Yeah, it’s terrible when a gunman kills some people at a concert or a church, and your main thought may be, “We need to get these guns out of the criminals’ hands.” If you just stopped and thought about it for a couple minutes, you would see that the guns are not the problem, it’s the people pulling the trigger.