My Essay on Gun Control for my English Class:

Gun Control – Should We, Or Should We Not?

The issue of gun control has come up recently as an important decision opportunity for our country. Many people are asking whether guns really are the helpful tool that many of us have been saying they are, or if they are the killing machines they have recently been publicized as. Gun Control: The Great Cop-out by Jared Machaud and Gun Control and the Constitution by David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman effectively display the anti-gun control side of this discussion; whereas The Second Amendment is all for Gun Control by Adam Winkler and Making Gun Control Happen by Patrick Radden Keefe display the pro-gun control side. In my views, guns are a helper in a time of crisis when help is too far away, or unwilling to come. Rather than put more restrictions on guns and gun owners, we should maintain the ability to protect ourselves and our fellow Americans through the use of firearms.

As we take a look at the way gun control advocates are planning on enforcing gun control, you may start to even question why we would even contemplate using such tedious means. The idea that limiting the size of a magazine or regulating the type of gun you can purchase or even doing something as simple as a background check will stop murders like the Connecticut shooting from happening is ridiculous. In Making Gun Control Happen the author, Patrick Radden Keefe, writes as an advocate to gun control. He indicates that one blatantly obvious change would be to “mandate a criminal background check for all gun purchases” as it would obviously stop criminals from getting their hands on a weapon (Keefe). It takes brains to live the life of a criminal; many of them most likely have weaseled their way out of the database and would therefore be able to buy a gun anyway. The idea of using a background check as the main means to sort out the good people from the bad people is a magnificent example of the many things wrong with gun control. In the article, Gun Control and the Constitution by David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman, the constitutionality of the many regulations that would be inflicted—should gun control be passed—are examined thoroughly. Although requiring background checks on all gun purchases seems like a good idea, the only individuals it would affect are the law-abiding citizens. Criminals tend to ignore laws; hence they are called criminals, and inflicting “excessive waiting periods, registration fees and the like” on law-abiding citizens who are already following the law would only tell you that everyone buying a gun is an upstanding individual (Rivkin & Grossman). In essence, law-abiding citizens will be jumping through hoops in order to get a gun to protect themselves with and the criminals will continue to get their guns through illegal venues as they always have. Background checks would only cause tedious paperwork for those individuals who do not have their mind set on murdering children.

However, publicly displaying the way we feel about these criminals through the social media and by speaking out may have an influence that we may not be aware of. The public opinion means more than we know to criminals; they are always looking for attention, if they can grab you and cause you to be infuriated by their actions then they have achieved their ultimate goal. In the article, Gun Control: The Great Cop-Out, Jared Machaud writes about an off-duty deputy sheriff in San Antonio that was faced with a similar situation to the Sandy Hook tragedy, however, they shot the perpetrator dead before dozens of innocent civilians could be murdered. Had the newspapers publicized this incident, as it happened two days after the Sandy Hook tragedy, “how much more difficult would it be for the next human scum to…murder innocent” civilians with the knowledge of how he would be met by normal, gun-carrying, citizens (Machaud)? A criminal contemplating the idea of shooting down dozens of civilians might then take a step back and wonder if they really should risk their life in an attempt to extinguish the life of others. The ability to carry a firearm is not only a protector for you, but also a protector for those who are not carrying firearms around you. In the article, The Second Amendment is all For Gun Control, Adam Winkler writes to convince the readers that gun control has always been a part of the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment is about the right to bear arms, the right we have as American citizens to carry a firearm as protection. Though guns have been used incorrectly in past and recent events, these instances cannot stop us from “securing an individual right to have guns for personal protection” as the 2nd Amendment so clearly states that we are allowed (Winkler). The right given to us by the constitution clearly mentions the right we have to owning a firearm for our protection. There are instances where owning a gun may dissolve a conflict before the police or anyone who could even remotely help would be able to arrive. Showing those criminals how they are viewed by pointing a gun back at them causes them to quaver in their choice to wreak havoc.

As gun control is such a controversial topic that leads to arguments of whether it should be legalized or not, the idea that we would not be able to defend ourselves, should the need arise, is a horrific nightmare and almost a terrible reality. Legalizing gun control will only further the pain caused to our county through the many instances that have occurred in the past and recently. In  response to this, we should keep the guns legal and keep our future safe.







Fare the well!

Karen Alyse


34 thoughts on “My Essay on Gun Control for my English Class:

  1. melissa gatto says:

    This is a good essay, is very fomal.
    Keep the good work.

    • karenalyse says:

      Thank you for reading it!

    • Miller9012 says:

      The Second Amendment says, “a well regulated militia…the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” People in favor of guns say that it is their right to own and carry a weapon. Although the Second Amendment does state “the right to keep and bear arms,” it is taken out of context, leaving out the important part about a well-regulated militia. The Second Amendment states that it is the right for a militia to have weapons, not every one.
      Great essay just don’t leave out the important stuff

      • karenalyse says:

        That is not true. That was when the militia wasn’t solely controlled by the government. People actually had a say in what the militia did. Now we have no say and that is what the 2nd amendment is meant to protect against. The army is not well regulated as the president is the only person that they take orders from. Think about it this way: The president brings gun control into being and everyone has to give up their guns, might seem harmless, oh yes. But how did every genocide ever in history start? Oh yeah…by their guns and weapons being taken away. This causes the people to be defenseless and all of a sudden our government is overbearing. We were meant to be able to protect ourselves from the government should it ever become corrupt and THAT is why gun control is bad. This has nothing to do with what you think the second amendment means, but everything to do with the fact that if our government is not well-regulated, we could be a part of another genocide. No thank you. Gun control is no bueno. I didn’t leave out the important stuff. It is all there. You just read it wrong and interpreted it wrong.

      • Aerith says:

        Okay seriously karenalyse: no need to be such a drama queen. You may think that you are correct, but you’re just like those other girls that act innocent and then start b-ing when someone proves you wrong.
        “I didn’t leave out the important stuff. It is all there. You just read it wrong and interpreted it wrong.”
        Calm yourself and it may be wise to leave that part out. This is healthy discussion and debate; no need to get feisty. Please don’t turn out to be one of those idiots on FB, shaming people everywhere.

      • karenalyse says:

        Hahaha I’m not one of those girls. But I know what I’m talking about and I know what the 2nd amendment means. I know I’m right. I don’t have to think I’m right nor did you prove me wrong. I have studied this topic quite extensively and discussed it with many people. I know that I’m right. You really didn’t understand what I said and obviously didn’t catch any of my previous comment other than the last part. I really hope you learn that gun control is bad and realize that you can’t just attack someone when they are clearly well versed in the topic they are writing about. Thanks have a great day. I really don’t have the patience or need to deal with ignorance anymore. I’m Audi.

  2. Amina Salam says:

    THANK U SO MUCH .. ur essay helped me alot 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. edward says:

    thank you helped me

  4. victor says:

    wow that was really good thanks for sharing it

  5. paul revere says:

    Succinct essay with a backbone of well though out logic. Great job.

  6. Amazing work, this gave me a whole new perspective on gun control! 🙂

  7. Jake says:

    Based like half of my essay on your points….helped me a lot and I will probably get a really good grade!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gun control is already a legal thing. Just thought I would point that out, since your last paragraph states that legalizing it would be harmful. Also, in regards to the size of the magazine point you have, say instead of having a 30r round mag you have a 15 round mag, thats 15 less dead first graders.

    • karenalyse says:

      It’s actually not a legal thing. Not in the majority of the US. Legalizing it would be harmful. Just like not having gun control could also create 15 less dead first graders. It doesn’t matter about the mag size. It all depends on if there are those with guns who are willing to stand up to those people who would even contemplate killing people. However, if there are rules on how you can’t carry guns (gun control) then that isn’t saving anyone. Just making everyone defenseless.

  9. joshua williams says:

    can i use it

    • karenalyse says:

      Only if you are using it as an example for what yours will maybe look like. You can’t actually take my essay and turn it in because that is plagiarism. But you can absolutely use it as a jumping off point. Just make sure your essay is your own words and not mine (restated or otherwise)

  10. joshua williams says:

    its really good

  11. joshua williams says:

    thanks im goin to make it like yours but in my own words

  12. joshua williams says:

    dont be silly i’ll never do that

  13. joshua williams says:

    naw i dont do it if people do then they have no life

  14. viccc says:

    yee thanks veryy helpful

  15. Amber says:

    Hi! I’m doing a similar essay for my English 200 class. Do you know if the sources you used were considered scholarly articles?

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