The Need For Gun Control

Shortly after dusk, a sixteen-year-old boy stands on the street corner talking
with a friend about what happened at school today between himself and another
student. He nonchalantly stands there sipping his Pepsi when all of a sudden a
black Honda with tinted windows drives up to the corner. The window rolls down,
a voice calls out, and the boy walks up to the car. He bends down to peer into
the car to see who it is when three rounds from a .38 caliber pistol rip through
his chest and neck. The other boy frantically runs off into the distance. He
stumbles backwards and trips on the curb behind him and falls to the sidewalk
the car speeds off into the dark alleyway across the street. The young boy
struggles to breathe as he coughs up blood. He chokes to death with every
effort to breathe. He dies a minute or two later. These kinds of events are
all too familiar to us and perturb us as we see an increasing number of handguns
fall into the hands of the young. I am shocked at the sight of these events
where innocent children are being gunned down on the street because of petty
little arguments over something so minuscule as a pair of shoes, a particular
type of jacket, or simply just a misinterpreted look. I believe that more
strict handgun regulations are a must in today\'s society. I\'m not saying that
we have to ban handguns, but we have to take legislative measures in order to
limit the possibility of handguns falling into the hands or youths. Peter Annin
and Tom Morganthau state that according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation\'s
Uniform Crime Report, murders committed by persons under the age of eighteen who
were arrested jumped from 1,193 in 1985 to 2982 in 1994. [1] This report shows
a substantial increase in the number of killings by people who are under the age
of eighteen. Most of these people are often participants in gangs and involved
with drugs. Many of these people find that guns are a much easier method to
defeat his or her opponent in a quarrel. This problem is made worse by the
increasing availability of guns. Residents of gang-ridden areas are afraid to
leave their homes for fear that their children or themselves might fall victim
to a gunshot. I believe that many people feel we need tighter control over the
sale of handguns while many others believe that we shouldn\'t. Many people say
that it is a right to own firearms and handguns in this country because it is
guaranteed by the second amendment of the United States Constitution. The
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.” First of all, very few states today in the U. S. have
militias because we have the five branches of the U.S. Military, the Army, Navy,
Marines, Airforce, and Coast Guard. The military provides this country with
enough support to fend off any war levying or belligerent nations. That is the
military\'s obligatory purpose today. There is no necessity for a state run
military. The U.S. Military\'s purpose is to keep this land free. Second, the
Bill of Rights was designed to protect the people from our government should it
transcend to tyranny. These laws and rights were established in the period of
colonial times when monarchies and dictatorships were common place in society.
Today, they\'re just about non existent except for subtle hints of them in
communist governments which exist in areas such as the People\'s Republic of
China. We have no need to protect ourselves from the possibility of a
dictatorial government materializing from our democracy because it is highly
unlikely that this would occur. The United Nations, which the United States is
a member of, would not allow this because their main function is to stop the
spread of communism. We are not living in that era anymore and that is why I
believe that guns aren\'t really needed that much by civilians. As I mentioned
before, I\'m not suggesting that we, the people, totally ban guns. Firearms and
handguns still have their recreational purpose in society. For a lot of people,
the sport of hunting wild game is an enjoyable pastime and tradition that has
been passed down through the ages. People have always hunted. From Paleolithic
man to the Middle Ages