Gun control – is it an issue?

Pistol_browning_sfsThe Supreme Court will judge today a large controversy in Washington D.C., or the

District of Columbia

.  The issue at hand is this: Should the right to bear guns, handguns, specifically, be banned – and can it be banned?  Nobody knows, but experts are already predicting that the Supreme Court will rule that the

District of Columbia

’s government can partially ban the right to bear arms.  D.C., which has one of this countries’ highest crime rates, is trying to sign this ban into law because criminals tend to carry handguns, as they are very easy to conceal.  The partial ban would not prohibit the carrying of rifles and shotguns, as long as they had trigger locks that worked very well.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, however, argued that D.C. cannot ban gun ownership because it directly violates the constitution amendment number two, which specifically states: “All citizens have the right to bear arms.”  The appealing body, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, however, made a mistake in their appeal. 

The second amendment implies that the right to bear arms is limited by service to the military, or any militia, and does not apply to individual citizens, and can be regulated by the governing body of the state in which the citizen lives in. 

Think of Northern Illinois University.  Think of Virginia Tech.  These massacres happened because people that had serious problems had easy access to life threatening weapons, like handguns in both universities cases. 

So what do you think?  As always, you have an opinion.  Do you think that people living in D.C. should be allowed to carry handguns, or do you think that they should be banned from the entire district?  Make sure you leave your opinion on the bottom of this page, and respond back to other interesting comments.  Have a good time!


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4 Responses to Gun control – is it an issue?

  1. whatchamacallit says:

    What happened at both of these massacres were a dark time…
    What I don’t like about arms, or guns, is that they are todays symbol of violence. What I thi8nk is that guns should only be used as self defense. What about you guys?

  2. TheEggMan says:

    How would that be regulated? How could it be so that you only use it for self defense? Many psychopaths can still get ahold of a gun and kill innocent people with it… Face the facts, banning guns, or regulating uses of guns is basically impossible. Criminals can always get them from the black market or something, but what D.C. wants is to at least cut gun use by a little percent.

  3. King Kong says:

    TheEggMan asked how could you use guns only for self defense? Well alot of taxi cab drivers in big cities usuallly have a compartment where they store a gun in case someone would try to steal their car.
    But what he says about criminals or pyschopaths buying guns off the black market is a good point. I don’t know if you saw this in the news, but there was this illegal Russian arms dealer who sold to many rebels such as the Taliban.
    On to another subject, do you think that guns shouldn’t have ever been invented or that they should only be used for military purposes? Tell me what you think.

  4. railroad says:

    Hi! It’s railroad from Mr. Brune’s class. I tyhink people should be able to hyave hanguns. If they didn’t, what would happen if a robber or something came into someone’s house. If people did have guns they would be more protected from robbers, murderers, and such. If the teachers had guns at Virginia Tech they would have been better prepared for something like a murderer.

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