Do guns protect protect us or harm us?

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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. An amendment constructed by one of our founding fathers, James Madison, for the newly founded American country so citizens of the United States could use and own guns to protect themselves from outside threats. Over the 220 years that the Second Amendment had been ratified, guns such as the 12-gauge shotgun and the AR-15 rifle would be introduced to the public for sale. Two guns that would later be used in some of the worst mass shootings in America, Columbine (15) and the Orlando Nightclub shooting (49). So, the question is, are guns protecting Americans or have guns become the threat Americans need protection from? 

When the Second Amendment was passed, it was a time period where the musket rifle and flintlock pistol were the most used and popular guns on the market. Not due to them being the easiest or the quickest to use, but simply the only guns available to the public. Furthermore, both guns would take over 40 seconds to load and shoot. However, over the years, like many things, guns became more modernized, more popular, and more available to the public. In 2018 alone, according to IBT.com, the Gun and Ammunition stores industry reached a total of $11 billion dollars in revenue. 

I’m not saying banning guns would cause the mass shooting to disappear in America, because nothing anyone does will keep U.S. citizens safe from the violent actions of these sick people. However, I am saying there needs to be something done about the rise in gun violence that continues to rise day by day. Whether that’s completely banning guns entirely or only banning automatic rifles, Americans need to be willing to sacrifice their God given right to protect the lives of others. In 2018 alone, there were 340 mass shootings that occurred. That’s almost 1 everyday, according to BusinessInsider.com. It seems every time us, Americans, turn on our television we are met with horrific scenes of a mass shooting that happened just a couple of hours ago. As Americans we are supposed to be proud to call ourselves Americans. But simply, it’s sad and terrifying to do so, because I know how much higher the chances are of my family watching the news and seeing my name on the victims list. 

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