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What Is the Point of Guns Being Legal in the US?

Updated on November 7, 2017

The right to bear arms

The second amendment of the Unites States constitution says: "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." This basically means that most people in the US can go into a firearms store and buy a gun. Some states in the US require a person to obtain a licence to possess a gun. Only SOME.

Just recently it has come out that President Trump has made it legal for people with mental health issues to buy guns. He passed a law in February of this year that now makes it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns. Just to put this into perspective, people with severe depression can now buy guns with ease. What is going on? This reverses Obama's law set in place before he left office that stated: "the Social Security Administration would have to report certain mentally ill recipients and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database."

The right to bear arms means that in the US it is perfectly legal for anyone to possess a gun, if they wish to. Can you think of any possible reason anybody, any normal person, would need to have a gun in their everyday life? Me neither.

Let's compare the facts. Overall this year alone there has been 378 known shootings in America. In the United Kingdom there has been NO mass shootings at all. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which country has the right firearms laws in place really does it?

So, come on America. Sort it out.

Is it up to Trump?

Should the US demolish the 'right to bear arms'?

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    • ahorseback profile image

      ahorseback 4 months ago

      In that case , seeing's how you don't like my opinion ; wouldn't it be great if the first amendment could be changed , so that we could all agree in one voice ? Or the fifth amendment changed so that a criminal has to explain his crime ?......See the point yet ? It's called the second amendment of the Bill of Rights . It ain't changin'.

      Now , we can work on solutions .

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      becci 4 months ago

      @ahorseback if you read my article properly, you'd realise that I didn't actually say "come on let's face the facts" I merely pointed out a few points on why I think guns should be banned in the US. I agree with you, there are certainly other ways to kill people but that wasn't the point of my article. I addressed one of the problems in today's society, not all. However, I appreciate your opinion although your comment was not what I expected. Thanks for a contradicting view point.

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      ahorseback 4 months ago

      "Come on let's face the facts " wouldn't it be great if you did ? Will you then abolish ladders , Big Macs , automobiles , abortions , butcher knives ? How is that banning thing working with crack cocaine , Assassinations ? With domestic violence ? With bullying ? With gangs ? up on the " Facts 'of death in the US lately ? Know how many abortions happen in a year ?